Donovan’s goal helps USA win group for first time in 80 years
Tshwane/Pretoria – Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Watching this match, and given our history in fútbol, one could only pray USA would score a late goal and advance to the next round. A earlier goal by Clint Dempsey was disallowed because of a bad off sides call and after so many chances that just couldn’t hit the back of the net, it appeared a draw was imminent.
Then in the 91st minute, Landon Donovan (Man of the Match) kicked home a rebound after Jozy Altidore forced the issue along the right side. The goal was set up by Tim Howard’s great goal throw to Donovan who started the break that seemed to catch Algeria off guard. This was a dramatic victory because if USA didn’t win, they would not have advanced and crazy scrutiny would have ensued.
This win will go down as one of the more historic of its kind.
England pushed through as well off the fruit of Jermain Defoe’s lone goal.
|USA (USA)||Statistics||Algeria (ALG)|
|10||Shots on goal||4|
|24||Free kicks Shots (scored)||6|
|0 / 0||Penalty Kicks (Goals/Shots)||0 / 0|
|0||Second yellow card and red card||1|
|32||Actual playing time||31|