In two close matches Wednesday the USA beat Algeria, while England defeated Slovenia to go through to the last 16 of the World Cup. (USA striker Herculez Gomez pictured).
The USA and England were through to the next round of the World Cup after beating Algeria and Slovenia on Wednesday.
Both teams posted a 1-0 score over their opponents to win their matches, with the USA finishing at the top of Group C ahead of England.
The USA’s eleventh-hour goal sank Algeria after a pulsating and even match in which both sides had plenty of chances.
Landon Donovan got the vital US winner in the second minute of injury time.
The United States looked the more dangerous side, but the Algerians gave them occasional scares such as Hassan Yebda's 68th minute fierce strike that went wide after a flowing counter-attack.
Meanwhile, England finally got the win they were seeking at the World Cup, advancing to the last 16 thanks to a first half goal from Jermain Defoe.
Defoe got on the end of a right wing cross from James Milner to net from close range in the 23rd minute. Both players had been brought into the starting line-up after a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Algeria.
England dominated the game and created several chances but could not increase the score although Defoe had a goal disallowed for offside and Wayne Rooney struck a post.
Date created : 2010-06-23