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.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Matches[edit]

All times local (UTC+2)

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 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.

England 1–1 United States
  • Gerrard 4'
Report
England[3]
United States[3]
GK 12 Robert Green
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 6 John Terry
CB 20 Ledley King downward-facing red arrow 46'
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c) Yellow card 61'
LM 16 James Milner Yellow card 26' downward-facing red arrow 31'
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey downward-facing red arrow 79'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips upward-facing green arrow 31'
DF 18 Jamie Carragher Yellow card 60' upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 9 Peter Crouch upward-facing green arrow 79'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo Yellow card 39'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit Yellow card 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 downward-facing red arrow 86'
CF 20 Robbie Findley Yellow card 74' downward-facing red arrow 77'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Edson Buddle upward-facing green arrow 77'
MF 11 Stuart Holden upward-facing green arrow 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]

Algeria 0–1 Slovenia
Report
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 Yellow card 90+5'
RW 21 Foued Kadir downward-facing red arrow 82'
SS 13 Karim Matmour downward-facing red arrow 81'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour downward-facing red arrow 58'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Yellow card 59' Yellow-red card 73' upward-facing green arrow 58'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi upward-facing green arrow 81'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura upward-facing green arrow 82'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
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GK 1 Samir Handanović
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 Yellow card 35' downward-facing red arrow 87'
LM 10 Valter Birsa downward-facing red arrow 84'
SS 14 Zlatko Dedić downward-facing red arrow 53'
CF 11 Milivoje Novaković
Substitutions:
FW 9 Zlatan Ljubijankić upward-facing green arrow 53'
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik upward-facing green arrow 84'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Yellow card 90+3' upward-facing green arrow 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 U.S. was outplayed early, as Valter Birsa netted for Slovenia from distance and Zlatan Ljubijankić 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 Handanović 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.

Slovenia 2–2 United States
Report
Slovenia[7]
United States[7]
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler Yellow card 69'
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar Yellow card 35'
LB 13 Bojan Jokić Yellow card 75'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa downward-facing red arrow 87'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm Yellow card 72'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankić downward-facing red arrow 74'
CF 11 Milivoje Novaković
Substitutions:
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik upward-facing green arrow 74' downward-facing red arrow 90+4'
FW 14 Zlatko Dedić upward-facing green arrow 87'
MF 20 Andrej Komac upward-facing green arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 80'
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 10 Landon Donovan
CM 16 José Francisco Torres downward-facing red arrow 46'
CM 4 Michael Bradley
LM 8 Clint Dempsey
CF 17 Jozy Altidore
CF 20 Robbie Findley Yellow card 40' downward-facing red arrow 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 19 Maurice Edu upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 9 Herculez Gomez upward-facing green arrow 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
The Slovenia and United States teams line up for the national anthems before the game

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

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

England vs Algeria[edit]

England 0–0 Algeria
Report
England[8]
Algeria[8]
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 18 Jamie Carragher Yellow card 58'
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon downward-facing red arrow 63'
CM 14 Gareth Barry downward-facing red arrow 84'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey downward-facing red arrow 74'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips upward-facing green arrow 63'
FW 19 Jermain Defoe upward-facing green arrow 74'
FW 9 Peter Crouch upward-facing green arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 88'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Yellow card 85'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 7 Ryad Boudebouz downward-facing red arrow 74'
AM 15 Karim Ziani downward-facing red arrow 81'
CF 13 Karim Matmour
Substitutions:
MF 22 Djamel Abdoun upward-facing green arrow 74'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura upward-facing green arrow 81'
DF 20 Djamel Mesbah upward-facing green arrow 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.

Slovenia 0–1 England
Report
Slovenia[9]
England[9]
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić Yellow card 40'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa Yellow card 79'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm downward-facing red arrow 79'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankić downward-facing red arrow 62'
CF 11 Milivoje Novaković
Substitutions:
FW 14 Zlatko Dedić Yellow card 81' upward-facing green arrow 62'
FW 23 Tim Matavž upward-facing green arrow 79'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
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GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson Yellow card 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 downward-facing red arrow 86'
CF 10 Wayne Rooney downward-facing red arrow 72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Joe Cole upward-facing green arrow 72'
FW 21 Emile Heskey upward-facing green arrow 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 elimination but also allowed them to win their group for the first time since 1930, advancing to play Ghana in the round of 16.

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

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