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Group C of the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on 12 June and ended on 23 June 2010. The group consisted of England, the United States, Algeria, and Slovenia. Only England and the United States had previously met at a World Cup: in 1950, when the United States defeated England 1–0.

The United States and England finished tied at the top of the group with five points each; their goal differences were also level at +1, but the United States won the group having scored more goals than England in their three games. As group winners, the United States advanced to face Group D runners-up, Ghana, while England, as group runners-up, faced the winners of Group D, Germany.

All times local (UTC+02)

Group Table

Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1


England vs United States

England controlled the early part of the match and got off to a quick lead when an unmarked Steven Gerrard made a run into the box and beat United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fourth minute with the outside of his right foot. The United States levelled the game in the 40th minute when a seemingly harmless shot by Clint Dempsey was mishandled by England goalkeeper Robert Green and rolled into the back of the net. The United States had a good opportunity to take the lead and pull off a surprise upset in the second half; striker Jozy Altidore muscled his way through the left side of the English defence and had a good attempt on goal, but Green deflected the shot against the crossbar. England also had a good opportunity to win the game when Emile Heskey fired straight at the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.

12 June 2010
20:30
England  1–1  United States Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Attendance: 38,646
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
Gerrard Goal 4' Report Dempsey Goal 40'
England
United States
GK 12 Robert Green
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 6 John Terry
CB 20 Ledley King Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c) Booked in the 61st minute 61'
LM 16 James Milner Booked in the 26th minute 26' Substituted off in the 31st minute 31'
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted on in the 31st minute 31'
DF 18 Jamie Carragher Booked in the 60th minute 60' Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo Booked in the 39th minute 39'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit Booked in the 47th minute 47'
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 8 Clint Dempsey
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 13 Ricardo Clark
LM 10 Landon Donovan
CF 17 Jozy Altidore Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CF 20 Robbie Findley Booked in the 74th minute 74' Substituted off in the 77th minute 77'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Edson Buddle Substituted on in the 77th minute 77'
MF 11 Stuart Holden Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
Manager:
Bob Bradley

Man of the Match:
Tim Howard (United States)

Assistant referees:
Altemir Hausmann (Brazil)
Roberto Braatz (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)
Fifth official:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)

Algeria vs Slovenia

13 June 2010
13:30
Algeria  0–1  Slovenia Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Attendance: 30,325
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
Report Koren Goal 79'
Algeria
Slovenia
GK 16 Faouzi Chaouchi
RB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Nadir Belhadj
RM 8 Mehdi Lacen
CM 15 Karim Ziani
LM 19 Hassan Yebda Booked in the 90+5th minute 90+5'
RW 21 Foued Kadir Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
SS 13 Karim Matmour Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour Substituted off in the 58th minute 58'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 59', 73' Substituted on in the 58th minute 58'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
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GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić
RM 17 Andraž Kirm
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević Booked in the 35th minute 35' Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
LM 10 Valter Birsa Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
SS 14 Zlatko Dedič Substituted off in the 53rd minute 53'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted on in the 53rd minute 53'
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Booked in the 90+3th minute 90+3' Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek

Man of the Match:
Robert Koren (Slovenia)

Assistant referees:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Brent Best (New Zealand)

Slovenia vs United States

Once again the Americans were outplayed early, as Valter Birsa netted for Slovenia from distance and Zlatan Ljubijankič extended the lead soon after to give them a 2–0 lead at half-time. In the 48th minute, Landon Donovan cut the lead in half for the United States when he dribbled into the Slovenian box and blasted a close-range shot over Samir Handanović into the roof of the net. The United States kept their hopes of advancement alive when they equalised in the 82nd minute. Altidore placed a header into the Slovenian box that was run down by midfielder Michael Bradley, who lobbed the keeper to tie the game. A few minutes later, the United States looked as if they were going to complete their comeback when a Donovan free kick was volleyed in by substitute Maurice Edu; however, referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed the goal and the game ended in a 2–2 draw.

18 June 2010
16:00
Slovenia  2–2  United States Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 45,573
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
Birsa Goal 13'
Ljubijankič Goal 42'
Report Donovan Goal 48'
Bradley Goal 82'
Slovenia
United States
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler Booked in the 69th minute 69'
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar Booked in the 35th minute 35'
LB 13 Bojan Jokić Booked in the 75th minute 75'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm Booked in the 72nd minute 72'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Substituted on in the 74th minute 74' Substituted off in the 90+4th minute 90+4'
FW 14 Zlatko Dedič Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Substituted on in the 90+4th minute 90+4'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
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GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 10 Landon Donovan
CM 16 José Francisco Torres Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CM 4 Michael Bradley
LM 8 Clint Dempsey
CF 17 Jozy Altidore
CF 20 Robbie Findley Booked in the 40th minute 40' Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
MF 19 Maurice Edu Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 9 Herculez Gomez Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Inacio Candido (Angola)
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)
Fifth official:
Jeffrey Gek Pheng (Singapore)

England vs Algeria

18 June 2010
20:30
England  0–0  Algeria Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report
England
Algeria
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 18 Jamie Carragher Booked in the 58th minute 58'
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
CM 14 Gareth Barry Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
FW 19 Jermain Defoe Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
CB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda Substituted off in the 88th minute 88'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Booked in the 85th minute 85'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 7 Ryad Boudebouz Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
AM 15 Karim Ziani Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
CF 13 Karim Matmour
Substitutions:
MF 22 Djamel Abdoun Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
DF 20 Djamel Mesbah Substituted on in the 88th minute 88'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane

Man of the Match:
Ashley Cole (England)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)

Slovenia vs England

Jermain Defoe's 23rd-minute goal allowed England to claim the win and progress to the knockout stage of the competition. After the goal, England created several more chances but were unable to add to their lead

23 June 2010
16:00
Slovenia  0–1  England Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 36,893
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Report Defoe Goal 23'
Slovenia
England
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić Booked in the 40th minute 40'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa Booked in the 79th minute 79'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted off in the 62nd minute 62'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 14 Zlatko Dedič Booked in the 81st minute 81' Substituted on in the 62nd minute 62'
FW 23 Tim Matavž Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
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GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson Booked in the 48th minute 48'
CB 15 Matthew Upson
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 14 Gareth Barry
LM 16 James Milner
SS 19 Jermain Defoe Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CF 10 Wayne Rooney Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Joe Cole Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
FW 21 Emile Heskey Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
James Milner (England)

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)

United States vs Algeria

Early in the game, the United States nearly allowed another early goal as an Algerian shot hit the crossbar. Throughout the remainder of the game, the United States had a number of good chances against a solid Algerian defence that allowed just one goal from two games; striker Jozy Altidore volleyed wide of an open net, while Clint Dempsey had a goal disallowed for a controversial offside call and later hit the crossbar on a shot and missed an empty net on the rebound. After 90 minutes of a scoreless affair, the United States were at risk of elimination: with England leading Slovenia 1–0, a 0–0 draw for the United States would have caused them to finish third in Group C on three points (behind England on five and Slovenia on four). However, in stoppage time, American goalkeeper Tim Howard quickly threw an outlet pass to Landon Donovan, who moved the ball up the pitch and passed the ball just outside the box to Altidore, who then crossed the ball to an open Dempsey in the middle of the box. With the Algerian goalkeeper closing in, Dempsey shot quickly and was blocked; however, Donovan followed the shot and put the rebound into the net for an easy goal. The United States held on for the final few minutes for a 1–0 victory. The late goal not only saved the United States from elimination but also allowed them to win their group for the first time since 1930, advancing to play Ghana in the round of 16.

23 June 2010
16:00
United States  1–0  Algeria Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Attendance: 35,827
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Donovan Goal 90+1' Report
United States
Algeria
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 12 Jonathan Bornstein Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
LB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 19 Maurice Edu Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
RW 8 Clint Dempsey
LW 10 Landon Donovan
SS 17 Jozy Altidore Booked in the 62nd minute 62'
CF 9 Herculez Gomez Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 14 Edson Buddle Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
MF 7 DaMarcus Beasley Booked in the 90th minute 90' Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 4 Antar Yahia (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 76', 90+3'
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda Booked in the 12th minute 12'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Booked in the 83rd minute 83'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 13 Karim Matmour Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
AM 15 Karim Ziani Substituted off in the 69th minute 69'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted on in the 69th minute 69'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)
Fifth official:
Mu Yuxin (China)

External links

2010 FIFA World Cup

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Group E  · Group F  · Group G  · Group H

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