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Anthar Yahia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Bocanegra. Anthar Yahia is shown a red card. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nadir Belhadj from the left by-line.
Landon Donovan grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. USA 1-0 Algeria.
A cross is delivered by Hassan Yebda, Abdelkader Ghezzal takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
The referee penalises DaMarcus Beasley for handball. Rais M'Bohli takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Effort on goal by Hassan Yebda from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
(Algeria) makes a substitution, with Rafik Saifi coming on for Karim Matmour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim Matmour on DaMarcus Beasley. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Mehdi Lacen. Mehdi Lacen receives a yellow card. Strike on goal comes in from Clinton Dempsey from the free kick.
Jonathan Bornstein goes off and DaMarcus Beasley comes on.
Landon Donovan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Adlene Guedioura results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Landon Donovan. Michael Bradley takes a shot. Rais M'Bohli makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Steve Cherundolo.
Anthar Yahia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore. Caution for Anthar Yahia. Free kick taken by Landon Donovan.
The ball is crossed by Nadir Belhadj.
Abdelkader Ghezzal takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Foued Kadir on Jozy Altidore. Landon Donovan produces a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Bradley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Edson Buddle delivers the ball, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Hassan Yebda from long range goes over the crossbar.
Hassan Yebda sends in a cross.
Edson Buddle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nadir Belhadj. Rais M'Bohli takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Landon Donovan from the left by-line.
Karim Ziani goes off and Adlene Guedioura comes on.
Effort on goal by Karim Ziani from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Steve Cherundolo delivers the ball, Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Save by Rais M'Bohli.
(Algeria) makes a substitution, with Abdelkader Ghezzal coming on for Rafik Djebbour.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Landon Donovan from the right by-line, Header by Clinton Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Benny Feilhaber, save by Rais M'Bohli.
(USA) makes a substitution, with Edson Buddle coming on for Maurice Edu.
Jozy Altidore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafik Halliche. Jozy Altidore is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Rais M'Bohli.
Hassan Yebda has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Effort from deep inside the area by Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
Effort from inside the area by Clinton Dempsey strikes the post.
Jozy Altidore challenges Rafik Halliche unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rais M'Bohli.
Header on goal by Hassan Yebda from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Nadir Belhadj.
Foued Kadir challenges Michael Bradley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Michael Bradley, Rais M'Bohli makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Karim Matmour. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Jonathan Bornstein crosses the ball.
Michael Bradley produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Benny Feilhaber on for Herculez Gomez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan by Foued Kadir. Landon Donovan restarts play with the free kick.
Karim Ziani has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Rais M'Bohli.
The referee blows for offside. Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Karim Ziani, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance.
Karim Matmour takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Steve Cherundolo sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on Maurice Edu. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
Shot by Jozy Altidore from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Rais M'Bohli.
Karim Matmour sends in a cross.
A cross is delivered by Steve Cherundolo. Effort from the edge of the box by Landon Donovan goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Karim Matmour, clearance by Jay DeMerit.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Karim Ziani from the left by-line.
Karim Matmour takes a shot. Carlos Bocanegra gets a block in.
Karim Matmour delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Foued Kadir results in a free kick. Clinton Dempsey takes the free kick.
Karim Matmour takes a shot. Blocked by Jay DeMerit.
The ball is sent over by Nadir Belhadj.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthar Yahia on Landon Donovan. Landon Donovan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
The official flags Herculez Gomez offside. Free kick taken by Rais M'Bohli.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Rais M'Bohli makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karim Ziani by Landon Donovan. Strike comes in from Karim Ziani from the free kick, Tim Howard makes a save.
Shot from just outside the area by Landon Donovan goes over the bar.
Shot from deep inside the area by Herculez Gomez clears the crossbar.
Karim Matmour takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
Foul by Karim Matmour on Michael Bradley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Cherundolo.
Hassan Yebda concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore. Hassan Yebda is given a yellow card. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Karim Ziani from the left by-line.
Madjid Bougherra fouled by Jozy Altidore, the ref awards a free kick. Rais M'Bohli takes the free kick.
Rafik Djebbour produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Clinton Dempsey fouled by Rafik Halliche, the ref awards a free kick. Clinton Dempsey shoots direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim Matmour on Steve Cherundolo. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan, save made by Rais M'Bohli.
Herculez Gomez takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
Rafik Djebbour takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Foued Kadir by Steve Cherundolo. Free kick taken by Foued Kadir.
Landon Donovan takes a shot. Save made by Rais M'Bohli.
Shot from just outside the box by Karim Matmour goes over the target.
The referee gets the game underway.
The match restarts for the second half.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Bocanegra out to avoid repeat of 2006 disappointment
United States captain Carlos Bocanegra insists his side will not be using their disappointing exit from the 2006 World Cup as added incentive for the crucial clash with Algeria, although he admits it is in the back of their minds.
In a similar situation to one they are currently facing, the US had the chance to make it through to the last 16 four years ago if they beat Ghana in their final group game.
However, having held eventual winners Italy to a 1-1 draw in their previous match, the Americans slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Ghana to exit the competition.
This time the US know a win over Algeria will guarantee them a spot in the knockout phase no matter what happens in the other game between Slovenia and England, and Bocanegra is determined not to let the opportunity slip by again.
"We obviously we had a bad outing in 2006 and we're not happy how things worked out. We have a great chance to get a win and advance to the second round, it's important for us because we had that disappointment in 2006," he said.
"It's not really an extra motivation but it's in the back of our minds. You work so hard and train so much for the World Cup and it can be over so quickly if you don't advance."
Algeria coach Rabah Saadane knows he needs more from his goal-shy attack if they are to avoid exiting the World Cup.
However, Saadane looks set to keep faith with the same side that played out a scoreless draw against England in their last match.
The Desert Foxes go into the clash in Pretoria lying bottom of Group C but still in with a chance of progressing through to the last 16 with all four teams within three points of each other.
Saadane's side began their competition with a 1-0 defeat to Slovenia, conceding a goal 11 minutes from time, but they bounced back from the disappointment in impressive fashion by holding star-studded England to a 0-0 draw in Cape Town.
And it seems as though Saadane will stick with the same side against the Americans, even though to have any chance of getting into the knockout stages they need to do something they have not managed yet - score a goal.
"About the make up of the team, we have two options," he said. "The first one, which is the most plausible, is that I will use the team that gave a good performance (against England). The second is to perhaps make a change, which would be among the forwards. We will do all we can to pick the best team to take on the United States. We will try to do our best and try to do even better than we did against England to get a good result."
Landon lands knockout blow
Landon Donovan struck an injury-time winner as the United States sensationally progressed through to the last 16 of the World Cup with a deserved win 1-0 over Algeria, who crash out.
The United States, watched on by former President Bill Clinton, dominated for large periods and created a host of chances but looked set to be denied by a mixture of the woodwork, good goalkeeping and poor finishing.
However, Donovan popped up right at the end to slot into the net to send the Americans through as Group C winners ahead of England, who beat Slovenia in the other game, The United States will now play the second-placed team from Group D, which includes Ghana, Germany, Serbia and Australia.
For Algeria, who have never progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup, they hit the woodwork early on and created a couple of other chances but were unable to net their first goal of the finals as they tumbled out.
They also finished with 10 men after captain Anthar Yahia was sent off for a second booking late on in Pretoria.
Algeria coach Rabah Saadane, knowing his side could not afford a third successive match without a goal, made one change to the team that held England 0-0, bringing in AEK Athens striker Rafik Djebbour for Ryad Boudebouz.
USA boss Bob Bradley, meanwhile, made three changes. Algeria started brightly and almost took the lead in the sixth minute when Djebbour rattled the crossbar.
US defender Jay DeMerit failed to cut out a long punt forward and Djebbour stole in behind him, controlled the ball on his chest before smashing a volley against the crossbar from 12 yards out.
It was also a big let-off for the Americans, but Bradley's side would return the favour with interest during the remainder of the period as they spurned a number of good chances themselves.
Herculez Gomez brought a save out of Rais M'Bohli, before the US thought they had taken the lead in the 20th minute when Gomez, having seen his first effort saved, saw his cross-shot turned in at the far post by Clint Dempsey.
However, the effort was chalked off for a marginal offside.
The Americans were denied a winning goal in their last match against Slovenia when Maurice Edu's late strike was controversially chalked off.
After a slow start, the US were starting to look increasingly dangerous and they created two great chances around the 35th minute.
Dempsey saw the first saved by M'Bohli after being put through by a great pass by Donovan, and then Jozy Altidore blazed horribly over after the influential Donovan had dinked the ball past M'Bohli to set up a magnificent opening.
The Desert Foxes were still posing problems of their own though, and Karim Matmour earned a corner after testing Tim Howard with a long-range thunderbolt as the half ended in stalemate.
With England leading Slovenia in the other game, both the US and Algeria were on their way out of the World Cup at the interval.
The Americans should have improved their lot in the 56th minute though as they spurned another great chance.
The ball fell invitingly for Dempsey on the edge of the box, but his shot rebounded back off the inside of the far post before the Fulham midfielder sliced the rebound wide with the goal gaping.
Bradley's side continued to dominate and Benny Feilhaber went close before his fellow substitute Edson Buddle powered a header straight at M'Bohli from five yards out.
Algeria briefly stemmed the one-way traffic when Karim Ziani dragged a shot wide from a good chance in the 69th minute, but otherwise it was largely all America.
Algeria had a late chance to snatch what could have been a winner when Rafik Saifi headed straight at Howard, and moments after that the US claimed the victory.
Dempsey was just unable to slot home after a breakaway attack, but the ball fell kindly for Donovan who slotted into a gaping net from close range.
That proved to be the winner and demoralised Algeria would end the game with 10 men when Yahia was dismissed soon after.
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