England v USA, 12 June 2010

Score1-1
RefereeCarlos Eugenio Simon
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueRoyal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg
Attendance38,646
Kick-Off: 20:30 Local (19:30 BST) Man of the Match: Tim Howard (United States) Assistant referees: Altemir Hausmann (Brazil) Roberto Braatz (Brazil) Fourth official: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles) Fifth official: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon) Captain Steven Gerrard put his country ahead after just four minutes, latching on to Emile Heskey's through ball and prodding beyond Tim Howard with the outside of his right foot. Fabio Capello's side looked comfortable and were arguably the better side throughout, but Clint Dempsey earned USA a point with his 40th minute goal, although Robert Green will be disappointed with his role in the equaliser. Dempsey worked himself into a yard of space just outside the box and struck a low, left-foot shot on target. Green appeared to be behind it but the West Ham man let the ball squirm for his grasp and he was unable to prevent it from crossing the line. England were momentarily stunned but they found their composure after the break and might have gone on to win the game had their finishing been a little better. Nevertheless, Capello can be pleased with his side's attitude and level of performance in their opening World Cup match, though he will know there is room for slight improvement. With the game barely alive England's skipper raised the roof with the opening goal. Frank Lampard turned the ball around the corner for Heskey who played Gerrard clean through, the Liverpool midfielder showing great composure to slot the ball home with the outside of his right boot. The start that England were dreaming of, an early goal the ideal tonic to quell the nerves. In powerful form early on, Heskey won the exchanges with the similarly statuesque Onyewu and one of his flicks nearly led to a second goal. Rooney pounced and fed Lennon who was free on the right flank. Despite seeming to fear being offside, the Spurs winger raced to the touchline and fired a low cross that was cleared under the posts by Bocanegra. Bob Bradley's side were by no means out of the game, a flurry of corners threatened Rob Green's goal and Landon Donovan was a constant menace. It was a mistake that levelled the scores before the break, Dempsey hit a low shot with his left foot and when Green failed to get a firm grip on the ball it squirmed agonisingly over the line. Heartbreak for England just before the break, it was a bitter blow after so much promise in the early stages. Glen Johnson almost hit back immediately for England, slaloming past three American defenders before driving with his left foot towards the bottom corner. Tim Howard was equal, and America were level at the break. The interval saw a second change for England as Ledley King was replaced by Jamie Carragher, the Tottenham centre back suffering an injury in the first period. Frank Lampard hit a fierce shot from distance that stung the palms of Howard and signalled an onslaught from the Three Lions. From the resulting corner Johnson trapped the ball at the far post but his snapshot went inches wide. Green then made a superb stop from Jozy Altidore to prevent the US taking the lead. Turning Carragher inside out, the Hull striker looked certain to score from ten yards out only for the West Ham 'keeper to spring to his right and tip the ball onto the bar. It was a momentary chance for the team in navy blue, as England continued to pepper Tim Howard's goal. Rooney, Wright-Phillips and Heskey all going close to scoring that all important second goal. Heskey headed over from under the posts, Wright-Phillips shot straight at Howard and Rooney saw an instinctive shot drift a yard wide with the American 'keeper scrambling to his left. As the minutes ticked away the jubilation of the opening moments seemed an eternity ago, but, although they were unable to find a winner, England can be pleased with a 1-1 draw in their Group C opener and they can now take a point into next Friday's clash with Algeria.

1  England

Manager: Fabio Capello

1  USA

Manager: Bob Bradley

Goals:

Steven Gerrard 4 G

Goals:

Clint Dempsey 40 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Rob Green
Defender/Centre back John Terry
Defender/Full back Glen Johnson
Defender/Midfielder Ledley King
Defender/Midfielder James Milner
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder Steven Gerrard (captain)
Midfielder Frank Lampard
Midfielder Aaron Lennon
Forward Emile Heskey
Forward Wayne Rooney

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Defender Oguchi Onyewu
Defender/Centre back Carlos Bocanegra (captain)
Defender/Centre back Jay DeMerit
Defender/Midfielder Steve Cherundolo
Midfielder Michael Bradley
Midfielder Ricardo Clark
Midfielder Landon Donovan
Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey
Forward Jozy Altidore
Forward Robbie Findley

Substitutions:

Shaun Wright-Phillips for James Milner 31
Jamie Carragher for Ledley King 46
Peter Crouch for Emile Heskey 79

Substitutions:

Edson Buddle for Robbie Findley 77
Stuart Holden for Jozy Altidore 86

Cards:

James Milner 26 Y
Jamie Carragher 60 Y
Steven Gerrard 61 Y

Cards:

Steve Cherundolo 39 Y
Jay DeMerit 47 Y
Robbie Findley 74 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Joe Hart
Goalkeeper David James
Defender/Centre back Michael Dawson
Defender/Centre back Matthew Upson
Defender/Midfielder Gareth Barry
Defender/Midfielder Jamie Carragher
Defender/Midfielder Stephen Warnock
Midfielder Michael Carrick
Midfielder Joe Cole
Midfielder/Forward Shaun Wright-Phillips
Forward Peter Crouch
Forward Jermain Defoe

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann
Defender Clarence Goodson
Defender Jonathan Spector
Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley
Midfielder Maurice Edu
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder Stuart Holden
Forward Edson Buddle