2010 FIFA World Cup Group C

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Group C of the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on 12 June and ended on 23 June 2010.[1] The group consisted of England, the United States, Algeria, and Slovenia. Only England and the United States had previously met at a World Cup: in 1950, when the United States defeated England 1–0.

The United States and England finished tied at the top of the group with five points each; their goal differences were also level at +1, but the United States won the group having scored more goals than England in their three games. As group winners, the United States advanced to face Group D runners-up, Ghana, while England, as group runners-up, faced the winners of Group D, Germany.

All times local (UTC+02)

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1


England vs United States[edit]

England controlled the early part of the match and got off to a quick lead when an unmarked Steven Gerrard made a run into the box and beat United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fourth minute with the outside of his right foot. The United States levelled the game in the 40th minute when a seemingly harmless shot by Clint Dempsey was mishandled by England goalkeeper Robert Green and rolled into the back of the net. The United States had a good opportunity to take the lead and pull off a surprise upset in the second half; striker Jozy Altidore muscled his way through the left side of the English defence and had a good attempt on goal, but Green deflected the shot against the crossbar. England also had a good opportunity to win the game when Emile Heskey fired straight at the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.

12 June 2010
20:30
England  1–1  United States
Gerrard Goal 4' Report Dempsey Goal 40'
England[3]
United States[3]
GK 12 Robert Green
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 6 John Terry
CB 20 Ledley King Substituted off 46'
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c) Booked 61'
LM 16 James Milner Booked 26' Substituted off 31'
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey Substituted off 79'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted in 31'
DF 18 Jamie Carragher Booked 60' Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo Booked 39'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit Booked 47'
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 8 Clint Dempsey
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 13 Ricardo Clark
LM 10 Landon Donovan
CF 17 Jozy Altidore Substituted off 86'
CF 20 Robbie Findley Booked 74' Substituted off 77'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Edson Buddle Substituted in 77'
MF 11 Stuart Holden Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Bob Bradley

Man of the Match:
Tim Howard (United States)

Assistant referees:
Altemir Hausmann (Brazil)[2]
Roberto Braatz (Brazil)[2]
Fourth official:
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)[2]
Fifth official:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)[2]

Algeria vs Slovenia[edit]

13 June 2010
13:30
Algeria  0–1  Slovenia
Report Koren Goal 79'
Algeria[5]
Slovenia[5]
GK 16 Faouzi Chaouchi
RB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Nadir Belhadj
RM 8 Mehdi Lacen
CM 15 Karim Ziani
LM 19 Hassan Yebda Booked 90+5'
RW 21 Foued Kadir Substituted off 82'
SS 13 Karim Matmour Substituted off 81'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 59', 73' Substituted in 58'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi Substituted in 81'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
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GK 1 Samir Handanovič
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić
RM 17 Andraž Kirm
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević Booked 35' Substituted off 87'
LM 10 Valter Birsa Substituted off 84'
SS 14 Zlatko Dedič Substituted off 53'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted in 53'
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Substituted in 84'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Booked 90+3' Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek

Man of the Match:
Robert Koren (Slovenia)

Assistant referees:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)[4]
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)[4]
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)[2]
Fifth official:
Brent Best (New Zealand)[2]

Slovenia vs United States[edit]

Once again the Americans were outplayed early, as Valter Birsa netted for Slovenia from distance and Zlatan Ljubijankič extended the lead soon after to give them a 2–0 lead at half-time. In the 48th minute, Landon Donovan cut the lead in half for the United States when he dribbled into the Slovenian box and blasted a close-range shot over Samir Handanovič into the roof of the net. The United States kept their hopes of advancement alive when they equalised in the 82nd minute. Altidore placed a header into the Slovenian box that was run down by midfielder Michael Bradley, who lobbed the keeper to tie the game. A few minutes later, the United States looked as if they were going to complete their comeback when a Donovan free kick was volleyed in by substitute Maurice Edu; however, referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed the goal and the game ended in a 2–2 draw.

18 June 2010
16:00
Slovenia  2–2  United States
Birsa Goal 13'
Ljubijankič Goal 42'
Report Donovan Goal 48'
Bradley Goal 82'
Slovenia[7]
United States[7]
GK 1 Samir Handanovič
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler Booked 69'
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar Booked 35'
LB 13 Bojan Jokić Booked 75'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa Substituted off 87'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm Booked 72'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted off 74'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Substituted in 74' Substituted off 90+4'
FW 14 Zlatko Dedič Substituted in 87'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Substituted in 90+4'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
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GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu Substituted off 80'
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 10 Landon Donovan
CM 16 José Francisco Torres Substituted off 46'
CM 4 Michael Bradley
LM 8 Clint Dempsey
CF 17 Jozy Altidore
CF 20 Robbie Findley Booked 40' Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber Substituted in 46'
MF 19 Maurice Edu Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Herculez Gomez Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
Slovenia vs USA

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Redouane Achik (Morocco)[6]
Inacio Candido (Angola)[6]
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)[6]
Fifth official:
Jeffrey Gek Pheng (Singapore)[6]

England vs Algeria[edit]

18 June 2010
20:30
England  0–0  Algeria
Report
England[8]
Algeria[8]
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 18 Jamie Carragher Booked 58'
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
CM 14 Gareth Barry Substituted off 84'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
RW 7 Aaron Lennon Substituted off 63'
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted in 63'
FW 19 Jermain Defoe Substituted in 74'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
CB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda Substituted off 88'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Booked 85'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 7 Ryad Boudebouz Substituted off 74'
AM 15 Karim Ziani Substituted off 81'
CF 13 Karim Matmour
Substitutions:
MF 22 Djamel Abdoun Substituted in 74'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted in 81'
DF 20 Djamel Mesbah Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
England vs Algeria

Man of the Match:
Ashley Cole (England)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)[6]
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)[6]
Fourth official:
Michael Hester (New Zealand)[6]
Fifth official:
Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)[6]

Slovenia vs England[edit]

Jermain Defoe's 23rd-minute goal allowed England to claim the win and progress to the knockout stage of the competition. After the goal, England created several more chances but were unable to add to their lead

23 June 2010
16:00
Slovenia  0–1  England
Report Defoe Goal 23'
Slovenia[9]
England[9]
GK 1 Samir Handanovič
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić Booked 40'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa Booked 79'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm Substituted off 79'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted off 62'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 14 Zlatko Dedič Booked 81' Substituted in 62'
FW 23 Tim Matavž Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
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GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson Booked 48'
CB 15 Matthew Upson
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 14 Gareth Barry
LM 16 James Milner
SS 19 Jermain Defoe Substituted off 86'
CF 10 Wayne Rooney Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Joe Cole Substituted in 72'
FW 21 Emile Heskey Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
James Milner (England)

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)

United States vs Algeria[edit]

Early in the game, the United States nearly allowed another early goal as an Algerian shot hit the crossbar. Throughout the remainder of the game, the United States had a number of good chances against a solid Algerian defence that allowed just one goal from two games; striker Jozy Altidore volleyed wide of an open net, while Clint Dempsey had a goal disallowed for a controversial offside call and later hit the crossbar on a shot and missed an empty net on the rebound. After 90 minutes of a scoreless affair, the United States were at risk of elimination: with England leading Slovenia 1–0, a 0–0 draw for the United States would have caused them to finish third in Group C on three points (behind England on five and Slovenia on four). However, in stoppage time, American goalkeeper Tim Howard quickly threw an outlet pass to Landon Donovan, who moved the ball up the pitch and passed the ball just outside the box to Altidore, who then crossed the ball to an open Dempsey in the middle of the box. With the Algerian goalkeeper closing in, Dempsey shot quickly and was blocked; however, Donovan followed the shot and put the rebound into the net for an easy goal. The United States held on for the final few minutes for a 1–0 victory. The late goal not only saved the United States from possible elimination but also allowed them to win their group for the first time since 1930, advancing to play Ghana in the round of 16.

23 June 2010
16:00
United States  1–0  Algeria
Donovan Goal 90+1' Report
United States[10]
Algeria[10]
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 12 Jonathan Bornstein Substituted off 80'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
LB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 19 Maurice Edu Substituted off 64'
RW 8 Clint Dempsey
LW 10 Landon Donovan
SS 17 Jozy Altidore Booked 62'
CF 9 Herculez Gomez Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber Substituted in 46'
FW 14 Edson Buddle Substituted in 64'
MF 7 DaMarcus Beasley Booked 90' Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 4 Antar Yahia (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 76', 90+3'
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda Booked 12'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Booked 83'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 13 Karim Matmour Substituted off 84'
AM 15 Karim Ziani Substituted off 69'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour Substituted off 65'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Substituted in 65'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted in 69'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)
Fifth official:
Mu Yuxin (China)

References[edit]

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