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Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup

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
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Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the United States.png United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
England.png England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Flag of Algeria.png 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 England.png 1–1 Flag of the United States.png United States Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Attendance: 38,646
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
Gerrard Soccerball 4' Report Dempsey Soccerball 40'
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United States
GK 12Robert Green
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 6 John Terry
CB 20Ledley King Sub off 46'
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c) Yellow card 61'
LM 16James Milner Yellow card 26' Sub off 31'
SS 10Wayne Rooney
CF 21Emile Heskey Sub off 79'
Substitutions:
MF 17Shaun Wright-Phillips Sub on 31'
DF 18Jamie Carragher Yellow card 60' Sub on 46'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Sub on 79'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello
ENG-USA 2010-06-12
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo Yellow card 39'
CB 15Jay DeMerit Yellow card 47'
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 8 Clint Dempsey
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 13Ricardo Clark
LM 10Landon Donovan
CF 17Jozy Altidore Sub off 86'
CF 20Robbie Findley Yellow card 74' Sub off 77'
Substitutions:
FW 14Edson Buddle Sub on 77'
MF 11Stuart Holden Sub on 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 Flag of Algeria.png 0–1 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Attendance: 30,325
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
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Slovenia
GK 16Faouzi Chaouchi
RB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Nadir Belhadj
RM 8 Mehdi Lacen
CM 15Karim Ziani
LM 19Hassan Yebda Yellow card 90+5'
RW 21Foued Kadir Sub off 82'
SS 13Karim Matmour Sub off 81'
CF 11Rafik Djebbour Sub off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 59', 73' Sub on 58'
FW 10Rafik Saïfi Sub on 81'
MF 17Adlène Guedioura Sub on 82'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
ALG-SVN 2010-06-13
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13Bojan Jokić
RM 17Andraž Kirm
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18Aleksandar Radosavljević Yellow card 35' Sub off 87'
LM 10Valter Birsa Sub off 84'
SS 14Zlatko Dedič Sub off 53'
CF 11Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Sub on 53'
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Sub on 84'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Yellow card 90+3' Sub on 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 Flag of Slovenia.png 2–2 Flag of the United States.png United States Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 45,573
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
Birsa Soccerball 13'
Ljubijankič Soccerball 42'
Report Donovan Soccerball 48'
Bradley Soccerball 82'
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United States
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler Yellow card 69'
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar Yellow card 35'
LB 13Bojan Jokić Yellow card 75'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10Valter Birsa Sub off 87'
LW 17Andraž Kirm Yellow card 72'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Sub off 74'
CF 11Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Sub on 74' Sub off 90+4'
FW 14Zlatko Dedič Sub on 87'
MF 20Andrej Komac Sub on 90+4'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
SVN-USA 2010-06-18
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CB 15Jay DeMerit
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu Sub off 80'
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 10Landon Donovan
CM 16José Francisco Torres Sub off 46'
CM 4 Michael Bradley
LM 8 Clint Dempsey
CF 17Jozy Altidore
CF 20Robbie Findley Yellow card 40' Sub off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22Benny Feilhaber Sub on 46'
MF 19Maurice Edu Sub on 46'
FW 9 Herculez Gomez Sub on 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 England.png 0–0 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
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Algeria
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 18Jamie Carragher Yellow card 58'
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon Sub off 63'
CM 14Gareth Barry Sub off 84'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
SS 10Wayne Rooney
CF 21Emile Heskey Sub off 74'
Substitutions:
MF 17Shaun Wright-Phillips Sub on 63'
FW 19Jermain Defoe Sub on 74'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Sub on 84'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Fabio Capello
ENG-ALG 2010-06-18
GK 23Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
CB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
RM 21Foued Kadir
CM 19Hassan Yebda Sub off 88'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Yellow card 85'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 7 Ryad Boudebouz Sub off 74'
AM 15Karim Ziani Sub off 81'
CF 13Karim Matmour
Substitutions:
MF 22Djamel Abdoun Sub on 74'
MF 17Adlène Guedioura Sub on 81'
DF 20Djamel Mesbah Sub on 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 Flag of Slovenia.png 0–1 England.png England Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 36,893
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Report Defoe Soccerball 23'
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England
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13Bojan Jokić Yellow card 40'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10Valter Birsa Yellow card 79'
LW 17Andraž Kirm Sub off 79'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Sub off 62'
CF 11Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 14Zlatko Dedič Yellow card 81' Sub on 62'
FW 23Tim Matavž Sub on 79'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
SVN-ENG 2010-06-23
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson Yellow card 48'
CB 15Matthew Upson
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 14Gareth Barry
LM 16James Milner
SS 19Jermain Defoe Sub off 86'
CF 10Wayne Rooney Sub off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 11Joe Cole Sub on 72'
FW 21Emile Heskey Sub on 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 Flag of the United States.png 1–0 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Attendance: 35,827
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
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Algeria
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 12Jonathan Bornstein Sub off 80'
CB 15Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
LB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 19Maurice Edu Sub off 64'
RW 8 Clint Dempsey
LW 10Landon Donovan
SS 17Jozy Altidore Yellow card 62'
CF 9 Herculez Gomez Sub off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22Benny Feilhaber Sub on 46'
FW 14Edson Buddle Sub on 64'
MF 7 DaMarcus Beasley Yellow card 90' Sub on 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
USA-ALG 2010-06-23
GK 23Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 4 Antar Yahia (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 76', 90+3'
RM 21Foued Kadir
CM 19Hassan Yebda Yellow card 12'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Yellow card 83'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 13Karim Matmour Sub off 84'
AM 15Karim Ziani Sub off 69'
CF 11Rafik Djebbour Sub off 65'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Sub on 65'
MF 17Adlène Guedioura Sub on 69'
FW 10Rafik Saïfi Sub on 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

Knockout stage  · Quarter-finals  · Semi-finals  · Third place play-off  · Final

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