Sunday, June 20, 2010

Slovs and Americasn share the honours in the best match so far

2 - 2
United States

2:00 PM GMT, June 18, 2010
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Slovenia went two up against USA after Valter Birsa and Zlatan Ljubijankic goals, but Landon Donovan got one back before Michael Bradley rescued a point. Maurice Edu looked to have scored a winner for the Americans but it was controversially disallowed.

It leaves all to play for in Group C going into the final round of matches. 

Scoring Summary

SloveniaUnited States
Valter Birsa (13')Landon Donovan (48')
Zlatan Ljubijankic (42')Michael Bradley (82')

  • Man of the Match: - Michael Bradley


  • Man of the Match: - Michael Bradley. He may not have had the same impact in the first half, but the son of coach Bob was a key part of the USA's turnaround. It was fitting that he was the one to apply the finishing touch to grab the equaliser.

  • Slovenia verdict: A wonderful opening half with attacking football, neat moves and two goals. The pace of the game eventually caught up with the minnows, though, and when USA hit one back, they sat back and invited pressure. Luckily for them, the referee ruled Maurice Edu's goal out, for reasons best known to himself.

  • USA verdict: Awful in the first half, but whatever Bob Bradley said at half-time seemed to work and their attacking ambition was in full view. Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan as a front three can rattle anybody on their day, but questions will be asked where they were in the first 45 minutes.

  • Could do better: Samir Handanovic - As a goalkeeper you are expected to get everything behind the ball, whatever it takes to stop a shot. Therefore, when Landon Donovan was closing down on goal from a tight angle, Handanovic should have stood tall and taken the shot like a man. He didn't and Donovan blasted it past his ducking head to get the USA back on track.

  • Stat attack: It was the 13th time USA have conceded two or more goals in a World Cup game, losing 11 of the previous 12 games. Now they have a draw to add to the list.

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