USA v Algeria, 23 June 2010

Score1-0 to USA
RefereeFrank De Bleeckere
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group C
VenueLoftus Versfeld
Attendance35,827
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) 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) 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.

1  USA

Manager: Bob Bradley

0  Algeria

Manager: Rabah Saadane

Goals:

Landon Donovan 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Defender/Centre back Carlos Bocanegra (captain)
Defender/Centre back Jay DeMerit
Defender/Midfielder Steve Cherundolo
Midfielder Michael Bradley
Midfielder Landon Donovan
Midfielder Maurice Edu
Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey
Forward Jozy Altidore

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Raïs M'Bolhi
Defender Rafik Halliche
Defender Anthar Yahia (captain)
Defender/Centre back Madjid Bougherra
Defender/Left back Nadir Belhadj
Midfielder Foued Kadir
Midfielder Medhi Lacen
Midfielder Hassan Yebda
Midfielder Karim Ziani
Midfielder/Forward Karim Matmour
Forward Rafik Djebbour

Substitutions:

Benny Feilhaber for Hérculez Gómez 46
Edson Buddle for Maurice Edu 64
DaMarcus Beasley for Jonathan Bornstein 80

Substitutions:

Abdelkader Ghezzal for Rafik Djebbour 65
Adlène Guédioura for Karim Ziani 69
Rafik Saifi for Karim Matmour 85

Cards:

Jozy Altidore 61 Y
DaMarcus Beasley 90 Y

Cards:

Hassan Yebda 12 Y
Anthar Yahia 76 Y
Medhi Lacen 82 Y
Anthar Yahia 90 Y
Anthar Yahia 90 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann
Defender Clarence Goodson
Defender Oguchi Onyewu
Defender Jonathan Spector
Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley
Midfielder Ricardo Clark
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder Stuart Holden
Forward Edson Buddle
Forward Robbie Findley

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi
Goalkeeper Lounes Gaouaoui
Defender Habib Bellaid
Defender/Centre back Carl Medjani
Midfielder Ryad Boudebouz
Midfielder Adlène Guédioura
Midfielder Yazid Mansouri
Midfielder Djamel Mesbah
Forward Djamel Abdoun
Forward Rafik Saifi