20.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 8: germans fall, usa winner denied, england disappoints

Milan Jovanovic Scores Germany went in to this match with Serbia in Port Elizabeth Stadium high on confidence after easily dispatching Australia 4-0 in their first match. The Serbians meanwhile had to regroup, after their morale sapping lost to Ghana. The Germans had the majority of possession, and more chances in the game, but to their despair, couldn’t find the net. It became worse for them when their forward Miroslav Klose was given his marching orders in the 37th minute, following a second yellow card, after a tackle from behind on Dejan Stankovic. Serbia immediately took advantage when they scored a minute later through Milan Jovanovic, acrobatically slotting home a Zigic header. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Germany continued to apply the pressure and went close on a few occasions. They were however given the best opportunity to restore parity when Nemanja Vidic handled an Anne Freidrich’s cross to earn the Germans a penalty. Lukas Podolski stepped up, and duly failed to convert, when his low shot to his right corner was saved brilliantly by Vladimir Stojkovic. The score remained, and Germany lost their first group match in a World Cup since 1986. Loser

The-USAs-Michael-Bradley--005 USA met Slovenia at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg knowing a win would put them among the favourites to qualify from this group. The Slovenes meanwhile are in their first World Cup, already savouring their first win after beating Algeria 1-0 in their opening. It was an exciting contest, with Slovenia looking to win for the second straight after running away with a 2-nil lead in the first half. Valter Birsa (13’) and Zlatan Ljubijankic (42’) got the goals, putting Slovenia in dreamland of their own right, walking into the dressing room high on confidence. Applause The Americans however, were not to be denied so easily, when Landon Donovan pulled one back just 3 minutes after the break. 1249592_full-lnd It was now USA’s turn to take control the match, applying the pressure on the Slovenes, who were struggling to contain the power and aerial strength of Jozy Altidore. They finally got their goal in the 82nd minute, when Michael Bradley, notched the equalizer. Maurice Edu even had the time to score a third from a Donovan’s free-kick, but just as the Americans thought they had found the winner, they found out that the referee had already blown for a foul before the free-kick was taken. Angry

rooney-006 After a disappointing 1-1 draw with USA, England were determined to live up to their favourites’ tag by beating Algeria at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. But it was a match to forget for the Englishmen, and their fans, as they were held to a nil-nil draw by the North Africans. Yawn As expected, David James came in for Robert Green, after his calamitous error against the USA handed them the draw. Gareth Barry had his first World Cup game, while Jamie Carragher replaced the crocked Ledley King. In a match where chances were few and far, England were looking limp, and were never looking to emulate their qualifying form. Not one of their star players were really up to the standards. Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Terry, all failed to shine Dohafter 2 matches played. Instead it was the Algerians who showed more determination by their effective defending, and occasionally able to test David James and the England defense on the counter. Madjid Bougherra, Hassan Yebda, Karim Ziani, Karim Matmour were all outstanding in the Algerian colours. In the end, England were booed, Rooney had a few harsh words for the fans, and Algeria were happy with their first point of World Cup 2010. All to play for in Group C, but England are living dangerously on the edge. Praying

June 18
Group C
SLV 2 USA 2
ENG 0 ALG 0

Group D
GER 0 SRB 1

Group C Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Slovenia 2 1 1 0 3 2 4
United States 2 0 2 0 3 3 2
England 2 0 2 0 1 1 2
Algeria 2 0 1 1 0 1 1

Group D Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Germany 2 1 0 1 4 1 3
Ghana 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Serbia 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
Australia 1 0 0 1 0 4 1

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