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Friday, 18th June 2010
Daddy's Boy Does it For USA

Group C Match

Slovenia vs USA
in Jo'burg Ellis Park

If Slovenia had won this, they would have gone five points ahead of England and been the first team to qualify for the second round.

The game hadn't really looked like much when Tim Howard was watching Slovenia move forward in the thirteenth minute. Valter Birsa struck the ball from so far out that the Everton goalkeeper probably thought the unpredictable Jabulani would float high or wide.

The ball did take a swerve, but the height of the flight didn't alter and America went a goal down.

Slovenia did everything they needed to do to keep ahead, and just when the United States thought that they might get a sniff at an equaliser, Slovenia took a slight tug at the Stars and Stripey nasal hair and made their eyes water; as Zlatan Ljubijankic calmly slotted the ball past Tim Howard with the inside of his foot.

Should Brad Guzan or Marcus Hahnemann be coming on for the second-half? Of course not, but that's the sort of rubbish you hear when an England goalkeeper only lets one soft goal go past him.

Half-time: 2:0

At the start of the second-half, Team USA's double substitution paid instant dividends, as Landon Donovan put the North American giants back in with a shout against the European minnows.

The US goal didn't really ruffle Slovenia; as they continued to play their short-passing game, in search of another goal.

The United States brought themselves level with less than ten minutes to play; a long ball was headed down by Jozy Altidore for Michael Bradley - the manager's son - to toe poke home.

With the USA level, the goalscorer's father went all defensive again - instead of pushing on for the win.

Maurice Edu couldn't believe that the USA's third goal was disallowed, for tugging off the ball.

So Slovenia are not through, and even if England beat Algeria later tonight, nothing in the group will be decided until next Wednesday. Slovenia must be very disappointed, but full credit to Papa Bradley's substitutions.

Final Score:
Slovenia 2 USA 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Valter Birsa (13 mins)
2:0 Zlatan Ljubijankic (42 mins)
2:1 Landon Donovan (48 mins)
2:2 Michael Bradley (82 mins)

Man of The Match:
Landon Donovan - Gave Team USA the hope they needed, early in the second-half.

Teams

Travel to Slovenia Slovenia:
1 Samir Handanovic; 13 Bojan Jokic, 5 Bostjan Cesar, 4 Marko Suler, 2 Miso Brecko; 17 Andraz Kirm, 18 Aleksandar Radosavljevic, 8 Robert Koren, 10 Valter Birsa; 11 Milivoje Novakovic, 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic.

Travel to USA USA:
1 Tim Howard; 3 Carlos Bocanegra, 5 Oguchi Onyewu, 15 Jay DeMerit, 6 Steve Cherundolo; 8 Clint Dempsey, 16 José Torres, 4 Michael Bradley, 10 Landon Donovan; 17 Jozy Altidore, 20 Robbie Findley.

Referee:
Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (United States) - 22 Benny Feilhaber on for 20 Robbie Findley
46 Mins (United States) - 19 Maurice Edu on for 16 José Torres
74 Mins (Slovenia) - 7 Nejc Pecnik on for 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic
75 Mins (United States) - 9 Herculez Gomez on for 5 Oguchi Onyewu
87 Mins (Slovenia) - 14 Suad Filekovic on for 10 Valter Birsa
94 Mins (Slovenia) - 20 Andrej Komac on for 7 Nejc Pecnik

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
35 Mins - Bostjan Cesar (Slovenia)
40 Mins - Robbie Findley (United States)
69 Mins - Marko Suler (Slovenia)
72 Mins - Andraz Kirm (Slovenia)
75 Mins - Bojan Jokic (Slovenia)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
This is the first meeting between Slovenia and USA.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
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Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
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Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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