U.S. Advances To Round Of 16 After Dramatic 1-0 Win Over Algeria
June 23, 2010
The U.S. won Group C at the World Cup after a dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria on Wednesday in Tshawne/Pretoria, South Africa. Landon Donovan scored the winning goal in the 91st minute as the U.S. went from being on the brink of World Cup elimination to winning its group and advancing to the Round of 16.
All three UCLA players - Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99), Jonathan Bornstein (2004-05) and Benny Feilhaber (2003-04) - saw action in the game. Team captain Bocanegra earned his third consecutive start and had an excellent game in central defense. Bornstein also played well in his World Cup debut, starting at left back. Feilhaber entered the game at the start of the second half for the second game in a row and nearly produced a goal in the 65th minute.
The U.S. and Algeria were knotted at 0-0 after 90 minutes. That score, coupled with England's simultaneous 1-0 win over Slovenia meant the U.S. needed to score in stoppage time and hold on for the win in order to advance to the knockout round. In true storybook fashion, the U.S. did just that. In the 91st minute, Donovan followed up a saved Clint Dempsey shot with a shot past Algerian goalkeeper Rais Bolihi into the lower left corner from about eight yards out.
The U.S. had several chances to score earlier in the game. An apparent goal by Dempsey in the 21st minute was disallowed on a controversial offsides call. Dempsey later hit the post in the 57th minute and missed wide on the rebound attempt. Jozy Altidore also missed on a good chance in the first half.
Donovan would not miss late in the game, however, and his heroics allowed the U.S. (1-0-2) to win a World Cup group for the first time since 1930. The Americans will face the Group D runner-up on Saturday, June 26 at 11:30 am PT on ESPN. England finished second in group C and will face the winner of Group D in the Round of 16.