Slovenia v USA, 18 June 2010

Score2-2
RefereeKoman Coulibaly
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueEllis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance45,573
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) Man of the Match: Landon Donovan (United States) Assistant referees: Redouane Achik (Morocco) Inácio Cândido (Angola) Fourth official: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) Fifth official: Jeffrey Gek Pheng (Singapore) 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.

2  Slovenia

Manager: Matjaz Kek

2  USA

Manager: Bob Bradley

Goals:

Valter Birsa 13 G
Zlatan Ljubijankic 41 G

Goals:

Landon Donovan 48 G
Michael Bradley 81 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic
Defender Boštjan Cesar
Defender Marko Šuler
Defender/Midfielder Bojan Jokić
Defender/Midfielder Andraz Kirm
Midfielder Miso Brecko
Midfielder Robert Koren (captain)
Forward Valter Birsa

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 Landon Donovan
Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey
Forward Jozy Altidore
Forward Robbie Findley

Substitutions:

Nejc Pecnik for Zlatan Ljubijankic 73
Zlatko Dedic for Valter Birsa 86
Andrej Komac for Nejc Pecnik 90

Substitutions:

Maurice Edu for José Francisco Torres 46
Benny Feilhaber for Robbie Findley 46
Hérculez Gómez for Oguchi Onyewu 80

Cards:

Boštjan Cesar 35 Y
Marko Šuler 69 Y
Andraz Kirm 71 Y
Bojan Jokić 74 Y

Cards:

Robbie Findley 39 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jasmin Handanović
Goalkeeper Aleskander Seliga
Defender Elvediin Dzinic
Defender Suad Filekovic
Defender Branko Ilic
Defender Matej Mavric
Midfielder Andrej Komac
Midfielder Rene Krhin
Midfielder Nejc Pecnik
Forward Zlatko Dedic
Forward Tim Matavž

On the bench:

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