The United States beat Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, June 23 in South Africa, 1-0, with the winning goal by Landon Donovan. The USA won the C group and will move on to stage 2 in the 2010 World Cup.
The US team was just minutes away from being eliminated in the 2010 World Cup when Landon Donovan made a game winning goal in the 91st minute. England won their game against Slovenia 1-0, so USA had to win this game to win Group C. Both England and USA had five points, but England finished second because the U.S. scored four goals to two for the English.
“I’ve been through a lot in the last four years,” Donovan said after the game, crying. “I’m so glad it culminated this way. When you try to do things the right way, it’s good to get rewarded.”
“Clint made a good run in the middle, the ball fell to me … time kind of stopped,” Donovan said. “You can’t miss from there.”
“That was a really special feeling,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “These guys put a lot into it, they never quit.”We’re proud. We finished first in our group. Five points, didn’t lose a match. So we’re ready.”
Despite the bad call by Malin referee Koman Coulibaly that cost the U.S. the game against Slovenia last week, the United States advance to the next round. Winning Group C, the United States will join the top 16 teams in Stage 2 of the 2010 World Cup.
Luckily for the U.S. they won’t be seeing FIFA referee Koman Coulibaly in the second round. He was not invited back to referee Stage 2 of the 2010 World Cup. Click here to read more about the FIFA referee that was fired.