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  • Date:12 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Attendance:44,026
Goal!

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92:32 +2.32

Clinton Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

91:52 +1.52

Peter Crouch is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.

91:26 +1.26

Ashley Cole delivers the ball.

90:24 +0.24

Steve Cherundolo delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Gerrard.

89:39

A cross is delivered by Stuart Holden, blocked by Ashley Cole. Corner taken by Landon Donovan from the right by-line, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

88:21

Landon Donovan takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

85:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Bradley on Wayne Rooney. Stuart Holden is brought on as a substitute for Jozy Altidore. Free kick crossed by Jamie Carragher.

83:42

Aaron Lennon produces a cross.

82:40

Ashley Cole challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.

82:05

Wayne Rooney fouled by Jay DeMerit, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

81:09

Foul by Jozy Altidore on John Terry, free kick awarded. John Terry takes the free kick.

80:04

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Peter Crouch takes a shot.

78:46

Emile Heskey goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.

77:48

Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Oguchi Onyewu makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Michael Bradley.

77:33

Ricardo Clark challenges Emile Heskey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Rooney takes the direct free kick.

76:50

Robbie Findley goes off and Edson Buddle comes on.

76:25

The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Header from close range by Emile Heskey clears the bar.

75:16

Frank Lampard takes a short corner. Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.

74:59

Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.

74:06

Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

73:17

Robbie Findley challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Robbie Findley. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

73:04

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson.

70:37

A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

69:50

The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon.

68:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emile Heskey. Oguchi Onyewu restarts play with the free kick.

67:11

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.

66:03

Aaron Lennon sends in a cross.

64:54

The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Jay DeMerit.

64:08

Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Fantastic save by Robert Green.

63:02

Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Effort from inside the area by Glen Johnson misses to the right of the goal.

62:45

Shot by Frank Lampard. Save by Tim Howard.

61:59

The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Oguchi Onyewu.

60:01

Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Steven Gerrard receives a yellow card for dissent. Centre by Landon Donovan, Header by Carlos Bocanegra from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

58:55

Foul by Jamie Carragher on Michael Bradley, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher receives a caution. Landon Donovan takes the direct free kick, The ball is sent over by Oguchi Onyewu, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.

54:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Robbie Findley. Free kick crossed right-footed by Landon Donovan from right channel.

53:46

Emile Heskey is caught offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.

51:24

Shot from 18 yards from Emile Heskey. Save by Tim Howard.

50:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emile Heskey. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.

49:20

Foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Steve Cherundolo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

49:12

Aaron Lennon delivers the ball.

48:59

Centre by Glen Johnson, Jay DeMerit makes a clearance.

48:06

The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon.

47:15

Jay DeMerit receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

46:54

The referee penalises Jay DeMerit for handball. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

45:54

Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Steve Cherundolo, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Lampard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

45:01

(England) makes a substitution, with Jamie Carragher coming on for Ledley King.

44:38

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance by Clinton Dempsey.

44:32

Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, clearance made by Oguchi Onyewu.

40:53

Shot by Glen Johnson from 20 yards. Save made by Tim Howard.

39:37

A goal is scored by Clinton Dempsey from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. England 1-1 USA.

38:19

Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Steve Cherundolo results in a free kick. Steve Cherundolo receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.

37:59

Landon Donovan produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

36:55

Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

35:52

Jozy Altidore is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ledley King takes the free kick.

34:25

Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line.

34:10

A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole, blocked by Ricardo Clark.

32:59

Clinton Dempsey delivers the ball.

31:55

Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.

29:53

James Milner leaves the field to be replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

28:10

Glen Johnson produces a cross, Tim Howard makes a save.

27:56

Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.

27:24

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Carlos Bocanegra makes a clearance.

27:18

Centre by Aaron Lennon, blocked by Carlos Bocanegra.

27:13

The ball is delivered by Emile Heskey.

25:16

Steve Cherundolo fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for James Milner for unsporting behaviour. A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan, Header by Oguchi Onyewu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

25:03

Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.

19:31

Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.

19:03

Shot by Frank Lampard. Save made by Tim Howard.

18:10

A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan, Headed effort from close range by Jozy Altidore goes wide left of the target.

17:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Landon Donovan. Jay DeMerit takes the direct free kick.

17:10

Robbie Findley challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.

14:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Emile Heskey. Jay DeMerit restarts play with the free kick.

13:20

Landon Donovan decides to take the corner short.

13:08

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Landon Donovan, clearance by Steven Gerrard.

11:33

Corner taken by Landon Donovan, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.

10:40

Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

10:05

Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

9:32

Glen Johnson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.

9:18

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

8:29

Emile Heskey fouled by Jay DeMerit, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, Landon Donovan gets a block in.

6:16

Unfair challenge on Steve Cherundolo by James Milner results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Cherundolo.

5:30

Robbie Findley is caught offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.

4:59

Landon Donovan produces a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

3:32

A goal is scored by Steven Gerrard from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. England 1-0 USA.The assist for the goal came from Emile Heskey.

2:15

Robbie Findley is ruled offside. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

1:54

Jozy Altidore produces a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

The referee starts the match.

The match has reached half-time.

The second half begins.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

Formation:442Manager: Fabio Capello

England

Formation: 442Manager: Bob Bradley

USA

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

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Match Report

Green error proves costly for England Robert Green added his name to an unhappy list of calamity goalkeepers as England were held to a 1-1 draw by the United States. Steven Gerrard had given the Three Lions' World Cup campaign a flying start with a fourth-minute opener in Rustenburg. England were still holding that advantage despite a less-than-convincing performance, until Green committed the kind of howler David Seaman, Paul Robinson and Scott Carson have all done down the years and allowed Clint Dempsey's harmless shot to slip through his fingers. Fabio Capello could only watch on in horror and wonder why fate had dealt him such a shocking hand given he had preferred Green to David James and Joe Hart as his first-choice goalkeeper, dismissing the latter man for fear his inexperience would cost England in a similar manner to that the West Ham man actually did. There was to be no atonement, even though England dominated at the end. And with one of his favourite sons, James Milner, hauled off after half an hour, Ledley King failing to return for the second half and his replacement Jamie Carragher getting himself badly exposed on more than one occasion, it will be an uncomfortable six days for Capello and his players before England try to rebuild their reputation against Algeria in Cape Town next Friday. Capello's first World Cup as a manager could not have got off to a better start either. Having resolved to start with Green in the problematic goalkeeping position and Milner on the left-hand side of midfield, Capello sat back and waited. Within three minutes he was wearing the broadest of smiles. Glen Johnson and Frank Lampard were both involved in the initial stages of a move that ended with Emile Heskey doing what he does best, allowing a team-mate to score. Usually it is with brawn. This time it was the silky touch of a delicate through ball for Gerrard, who had motored into the box. The new England skipper steadied himself, then tucked a precise finish under Tim Howard and raced away to the far corner flag pursued by a posse of ecstatic white shirts. Rather than a majority of United States supporters, as had been suggested, the stadium was clearly packed with England fans, who celebrated with natural glee. Unfortunately, it was not long before the smiles turned to worried frowns. England still kept creating chances. Lampard and Wayne Rooney tested Howard with a couple of speculative efforts, Steve Cherundolo turned away a teasing low cross from Aaron Lennon and Heskey almost got on the end of a Lennon ball into the six-yard area. But for all this, the United States were causing England a major headache. They may have won the previous meeting so famously in 1950 but the stars and stripes boast a far more professional outfit these days and they quickly began to show how they reached the Confederations Cup final 12 months ago. As so often, Landon Donovan was the architect of their best work, exposing Milner at the same time. Ill during the week, the Aston Villa man, one of Capello's favourites, was badly exposed and had already been booked for a foul on Cherundolo before he was replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips. The move was Capello's ruthless response to a growing number of threatening American attacks, the best of which provided an open goal for Jozy Altidore when he jumped for Donovan's free-kick, yet inexplicably missed the ball completely. Another long-range Donovan effort had Green at full stretch before the moment that will be repeated so often and the West Ham goalkeeper has to live with for the rest of his life arrived. Dempsey turned Gerrard neatly but was still 25 yards when he took aim. The new Jabulani ball made the effort worthwhile. There is no way it should have ended up in the net though. Green could only bury his head in the ground as he came to terms with a fumbled attempt to save that ended with the ball slipping through his grasp and agonisingly out of reach as it bobbled over the line. When England returned from an interval that must have included attempting to raise Green's spirits, King had been replaced by Carragher. But any thought the Liverpool veteran would shore things up at the back was quickly dispelled as first he was booked for a foul on Robbie Findlay, then he was left for dead by Altidore, which at least allowed Green to redeem himself with a fine save as he pushed the American's shot on to the post. Prior to that, Heskey had failed to beat Howard having been sent through by Lennon. Heskey also wasted the last of three decent England chances; Lampard and Rooney did much better from much further out with the others as the Three Lions asserted themselves at the end without managing to fashion a winner.

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