There were four Group games today in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the United States vs. Algeria and England vs. Slovenia in the two early matches. For the United States, they needed a win to advance out of Group C to the knockout round.
It appeared as though the U.S. would not be making it to the Round of 16, but then in dramatic fashion, U.S. star-player Landon Donovan sunk a goal during the injury-time, giving the U.S. a 1-0 victory and a much needed three points to catapult them into first-place in Group C.
Heading into the game today, the United States was in third-place, behind first-place Slovenia and second-place England. After Donovan’s winning-goal at the 90+1 minute-mark, the United States finished the group play in first-place.
The game was exciting from start to finish, with both teams giving their all, knowing that they would need a win if they wanted to continue playing in the World Cup. In the end, the United States had possession longer and put six more shots on net (10-4) than the Algerian team.
Next up for the United States team will be Ghana, this Saturday. In the 2006 World Cup, the U.S. was eliminated in their third group match game that just happened to be against Ghana. In the 2006 game, Ghana won 2-1 and ensured that the U.S. wouldn’t be advancing any further.
If the United States is able to defeat Ghana in their upcoming match, they will then face the winner of the Uruguay and Korea Republic match. The last time the United States advanced past the Round of 16 was in the 2002 World Cup, when they defeated Mexico 2-0 and then went on to lose 1-0 to Germany in the Quarter-finals.
The 2010 United States team has their work cut out for them and it is only going to get tougher as they try to place in the top-three for the first time in 80 years. The United States has appeared in nine World Cups, with the first one in 1930, where they placed third.