Wednesday, 23rd June 2010
Defoe Fires England Into Last 16
Slovenia vs England
in Port Elizabeth
England, in their all-red strip, needed to win against Slovenia to
stay in the tournament; as the England fans drowned out the vuvuzelas.
In the fifteenth minute, Frank Lampard's free-kick was the first shot
on target; with a typical Jabulani swerve.
In the twenty third minute Jermain Defoe fired England to the top of
the group. A great cross from James Milner on the right to the Tottenham front-man in the
six-yard box; and he doesn't miss those. Samir Handanovic had his hands on the ball, but
Defoe was just too close and the volley too sure.
Eight minutes later, Defoe, Rooney and Gerrard were all firing at
Samir Handanovic; who was lucky not to have the last shot bounce out of his hands and over
Wayne Rooney hit the post in the 58th minute then John Terry and Glen
Johnson were both called upon to block Slovenia's attempt to equalise ten minutes later.
With no more goals in the second-half the game that needed to be won
was, and everything else is history.
In the other match, Team USA scored in injury time, to top the group.
Slovenia 0 England 1
0:1 - Jermain Defoe (23 mins)
Man of The Match:
Jermain Defoe - Fabio Capello might make mistakes, but he showed he can correct them in
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.
1 David James; 3 Ashley Cole, 15 Matthew Upson, 6 John Terry, 2 Glen Johnson; 4 Steven
Gerrard, 14 Gareth Barry, 8 Frank Lampard, 16 James Milner; 19 Jermain Defoe, 10 Wayne
Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
62 Mins (Slovenia) - 14 Zlatko Dedic on for 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic
79 Mins (Slovenia - 23 Tim Matavz on for 17 Andraz Kirm
72 Mins (England) - 11 Joe Cole on for 10 Wayne Rooney
86 Mins (England) - 21 Emile Heske on for 21 Emile Heskey
40 Mins - Bojan Jokic (Slovenia)
48 Mins - Glen Johnson (England)
79 Mins - Valter Birsa (Slovenia)
81 Mins - Zlatko Dedic (Slovenia)
0 Red Cards.
USA vs Algeria.
England beat Slovenia (2:1) at Wembley, in September 2009.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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