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  • Date:18 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Green Point Stadium
  • Attendance:64,100
Goal!

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94mins

Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Rafik Halliche.

93mins

Wayne Rooney challenges Foued Kadir unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nadir Belhadj.

92mins

Nadir Belhadj fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nadir Belhadj.

91mins

Shot from just outside the box by Jermain Defoe goes over the bar.

89mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Karim Matmour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nadir Belhadj, David James makes a save.

88mins

Hassan Yebda goes off and Djamel Mesbah comes on.

88mins

Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

87mins

Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.

87mins

Shot by Adlene Guedioura. Blocked by Steven Gerrard.

85mins

Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, Header from close range by Jermain Defoe misses to the right of the goal.

85mins

The ball is swung over by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Rafik Halliche gets a block in.

85mins

Mehdi Lacen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Mehdi Lacen goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

84mins

Gareth Barry goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.

82mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Mehdi Lacen. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick. Centre by Glen Johnson.

80mins

(Algeria) makes a substitution, with Adlene Guedioura coming on for Karim Ziani.

79mins

The referee blows for offside. David James takes the indirect free kick.

78mins

Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Rafik Halliche.

77mins

The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Rafik Halliche.

76mins

Frank Lampard takes a outswinging corner. Gareth Barry takes a shot. Foued Kadir gets a block in.

75mins

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nadir Belhadj.

74mins

Karim Matmour handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.

73mins

Long range shot by Wayne Rooney goes wide left of the target. Djamel Abdoun is brought on as a substitute for Ryad Boudebouz. (England) makes a substitution, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Emile Heskey.

72mins

Centre by Mehdi Lacen, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.

70mins

The ball is sent over by Emile Heskey, blocked by Anthar Yahia. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Rais M'Bohli makes a save.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Ryad Boudebouz. David James takes the direct free kick.

66mins

Nadir Belhadj concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Barry from right wing, blocked by Foued Kadir.

62mins

Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Rafik Halliche manages to make a clearance. (England) makes a substitution, with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for Aaron Lennon. Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry, Rais M'Bohli makes a save.

60mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save by Rais M'Bohli.

58mins

Jamie Carragher challenges Hassan Yebda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Jamie Carragher for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Karim Ziani. Anthar Yahia produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

57mins

Short corner taken by Nadir Belhadj. The ball is delivered by Karim Ziani, clearance made by Emile Heskey.

57mins

The ball is swung over by Nadir Belhadj, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.

55mins

Steven Gerrard decides to take the corner short. Shot from 25 yards from Aaron Lennon. Nadir Belhadj gets a block in.

54mins

Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ryad Boudebouz results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.

54mins

The official flags Emile Heskey offside. Rafik Halliche takes the free kick.

53mins

Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Karim Ziani results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

52mins

Centre by Emile Heskey.

51mins

Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Hassan Yebda. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

50mins

Karim Ziani sends in a cross.

49mins

John Terry challenges Karim Matmour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mehdi Lacen restarts play with the free kick. Hassan Yebda has a drilled shot. Glen Johnson gets a block in.

47mins

Jamie Carragher challenges Karim Matmour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthar Yahia shoots direct from the free kick.

44mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Foued Kadir. John Terry takes the free kick.

43mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Rais M'Bohli.

40mins

Wayne Rooney challenges Foued Kadir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rais M'Bohli.

39mins

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save made by Rais M'Bohli.

37mins

Steven Gerrard takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

35mins

Karim Ziani has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

34mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Anthar Yahia. Rafik Halliche restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Frank Lampard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Rais M'Bohli.

31mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim Matmour on John Terry. Free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.

30mins

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Rais M'Bohli.

29mins

Karim Ziani is ruled offside. David James takes the indirect free kick.

27mins

Handball decision goes against Emile Heskey. Direct free kick taken by Anthar Yahia.

27mins

Wayne Rooney challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rais M'Bohli.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Ryad Boudebouz results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. The ball is swung over by Gareth Barry.

23mins

Corner taken left-footed by Nadir Belhadj from the right by-line, save by David James.

22mins

Ryad Boudebouz produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

22mins

Ryad Boudebouz takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.

21mins

Mehdi Lacen fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. Mehdi Lacen takes the free kick.

20mins

Madjid Bougherra challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick. Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Rais M'Bohli makes a comfortable save.

19mins

Ryad Boudebouz has an effort at goal. Hassan Yebda takes a shot. Save made by David James.

18mins

Karim Matmour takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.

17mins

The ball is sent over by Karim Ziani, David James makes a comfortable save.

15mins

Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes over the target.

15mins

Foul by Glen Johnson on Mehdi Lacen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Karim Matmour. Effort from outside the penalty box by Ryad Boudebouz goes wide right of the goal.

14mins

Foul by Anthar Yahia on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Corner taken by Gareth Barry, Emile Heskey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Direct free kick taken by Rais M'Bohli.

9mins

Karim Matmour challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.

7mins

Karim Ziani takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

5mins

Mehdi Lacen takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.

4mins

A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, save made by Rais M'Bohli.

3mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Madjid Bougherra. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.

The referee gets the game started.

The referee blows for half time.

The second half has started.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Rooney ready to prove power Wayne Rooney has vowed to prove himself on football's biggest stage and the England striker is feeling "sharp and hungry" ahead of Friday's clash with Algeria in Cape Town. Rooney admits there is room for improvement in his own performance following England's 1-1 draw with the United States in their opening World Cup game. He is keen to live up to his reputation as one of the most lethal forwards in world football after a disappointing 2006 tournament in Germany when he lacked sharpness following a broken foot. The Manchester United star also had an injury-hit end to the club season following an ankle injury suffered against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. But he is adamant he is now firing on all cylinders and said: "This is a great opportunity for England and for me to prove myself at the world level. If I don't do that, I'd be disappointed. "I haven't proved myself on the world stage yet. The last World Cup was a disappointment for me. I'm looking to do well in this one and try to prove myself on the world stage. I've sort of forgotten about the last World Cup now and I've moved on. What drives me on is trying to win for England and trying to do well at world level. That's a great driving force for any player." Algeria have issued a collective call to arms insisting the result is not as certain as Wayne Rooney seems to think. Having lost their first match to Slovenia last Sunday, Algeria are also in dire need of a result. But they view Rooney's bullish stance as a sign that England are not quite so sure of themselves. And they insist the Three Lions can be beaten at the Green Point stadium. "England are the team under pressure," said striker Ryad Boudebouz. "They are the ones who claimed that they came to win the World Cup." It was a sentiment echoed by coach Rabah Saadane, who sees signs of a team under pressure. "England have their backs to the wall," said Saadane. "We have nothing to lose and everything to win." And Portsmouth's Nadir Belhadj feels he knows exactly how Algeria will do it. Fabio Capello is expected to stick with Jamie Carragher as John Terry's defensive partner, even though the Liverpool veteran struggled to cope with the United States' pacy front-men during Saturday's 1-1 draw. With Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King both ruled out through injury, England's rearguard does seem to be lacking in speed. And Belhadj believes Algeria can exploit the obvious Achilles heel. "The defence is one of England's weak points, it's easy to create chances against them," the Portsmouth defender told Algerian sports weekly Le Buteur.

Formation:442Manager: Fabio Capello

England

Formation: 3421Manager: Rabah Saadane

Algeria

  • David James
  • Glen Johnson
  • Jamie Carragher
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Gareth Barry
  • Frank Lampard
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Emile Heskey
  • SUBS
  • Robert Green
  • Michael Dawson
  • Peter Crouch
  • Joe Cole
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Matthew Upson
  • James Milner
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Ledley King
  • Michael Carrick
  • Joe Hart

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Match Report

Woeful England booed by fans There was no happy birthday for Fabio Capello in Cape Town as England were booed by their own supporters following a dreadful goalless draw against Algeria that leaves their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread. Although they exerted some late pressure, if Capello's men had denied Algeria a point it would have been a massive injustice on a night when Franz Beckenbauer's assessment of England being a "kick and rush" team was proved to be false. They weren't as good as that. The maths are now quite simple. Beat Slovenia - when they will be without the suspended Jamie Carragher - in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and England have scrambled their way into the last 16. Fail and in all probability they will go home. And, after the evidence of their 180 minutes so far since their arrival in South Africa, that is exactly what they will deserve. Capello said yesterday he has not made any mistakes. After watching his team hardly threaten the Algerian goal, if he still feels that way, his bunch of players truly are woeful. Because all the altitude training, and all the preparations at their Rustenburg hideaway have delivered a paucity of performance that is almost too bad to be believed. Having told the world he would not confirm the identity of his chosen goalkeeper until two hours before kick-off, it transpired Capello's mind had been made up by the final training session last night. A couple of mistakes from Rob Green were enough to convince Capello the West Ham man could not be trusted, so David James was in for his first competitive start in 15 months. Really though it was supposed to be a watching brief for the man who stood between the sticks. Against a side ranked 30th in the world, and from a continent that has never beaten England, in front of Prince William, the Three Lions were supposed to deliver a performance fit for a king. How wrong that assumption was. England's lack of guile was embarrassing at times. It took Capello's men until three minutes before the break to retain possession for any decent period. Every time they got hold of the ball, it seemed England were in a rush to get rid of it, or at least try to force something to happen, which ultimately amounted to the same thing. Wayne Rooney did not appear fit. He certainly endured a frustrating time of it. Penalised after two muscular tangles, England's talisman eventually managed a shot when the opening period was in its death throes. Like so many England efforts, it was struck from the edge of the area and posed little threat. The best chance fell Frank Lampard's way after Aaron Lennon's cross had been half-cleared by Rafik Halliche but it was saved. For the first hour Algeria were the more inventive side. They were quicker, slicker, possessed greater imagination and incisive movement. In short, they were superior in all the technical aspects of the game. Only in those staples of the Premier League, strength and power, were the north Africans lacking. On the bench, David Beckham could only wonder what might have been. Who knows where Paul Scholes is but the Manchester United midfielder must feel he made the right decision in rejecting Capello's call. After waiting so long for Gareth Barry to recover from his ankle injury, the England boss watched his preferred holding midfielder lose the ball to Karim Matmour. Possession was quickly transferred upfield and after cutting inside Glen Johnson, Karim Ziani drilled his shot into the side-netting rather than test James fully with the controversial Jabulani ball Capello hates so much. The Italian could not have been happy. The England supporters certainly weren't. And the second half did not start any better. Steven Gerrard and Lampard both wasted possession after finding themselves in decent positions, while at the other end Carragher stuck out an arm to deny Hassan Yebda a chance to race into the box and was booked. The yellow card had additional significance and means Capello must either turn to Matthew Upson for next Wednesday's encounter with unbeaten Slovenia, having relegated the West Ham man to fifth choice centre-half, including Rio Ferdinand, or hand Michael Dawson his debut. That clash was quickly taking on the status of must-win. Finally England's fitness was allowing them to dictate the game. Yet old failings remain and the introduction of additional pace in the form of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermain Defoe could not rectify them. After 83 minutes of fruitless toil, Capello turned to Peter Crouch. Back to the long ball. Even that did not work. end

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