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Algeria
L. Donovan  90' 1-0 
HT: 0-0
Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Attendance: 35,827)
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere
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United States vs. Algeria
Minute Commentary
94' USA JOIN ENGLAND IN LAST 16
Well, if the USA and Algeria have taught us anything it's that you have to take your chances. The US had plenty and were so nearly on their way out until Landon Donovan popped up in injury time to seal an unlikely place in the last 16. Bob Bradley's side go through as group leaders, then, while England's win over Slovenia means Don Fab's boys go through as runners-up. For Algeria, the dream is over and they join African counterparts Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria on the shelf. It finishes, USA 1-0 Algeria.
93' RED MIST
Algeria implode as Yahia collects his second booking and a subsequent red. Nightmare finale for Saadane's troops.
91' GOAAAAL!!!!
They've done it, surely. USA finally find a way through! M'Bohli fails to keep hold of Altidore's cross and LANDON DONOVAN ghosts into the box to stroke the ball into the net. Incredible scenes!
89' YELLOW CARD
DaMarcus Beasley sees yellow for deliberate handball. England have beaten Slovenia, by the way. Here, the official's just signalled four minutes' injury time.
88' NAIL BITING
The US are leaving three at the back as they chase a place in the last 16. The tension is palpable...
86' SUBSTITUTION
Algeria make their final change, with Rafik Saifi replacing the tired legs of Matmour.
84' YELLOW PERIL
Should Algeria do the impossible, that booking means Lacen will miss their next tie.
82' YELLOW CARD
Lacen scribes his name in De Bleeckere's little black book. It's another free kick in a dangerous position, but it's another wasted chance as Dempsey fails to find the target.
81' SUBSTITUTION
Last throw of the US dice as DaMarcus Beasley replaces Bornstein.
79' STINGER
Rash challenge from Adlene Guedioura, who concedes a free kick in shooting territory. Donovan fancies it, but so does Michael Bradley. Indeed, it's the coach's son who lets fly and stings the palms of M'Bohli.
77' YELLOW CARD
A deserved booking for Yahia, who crudely upends Altidore. It's getting stretched as both sides chase a dramatic winner...
75' GROUP C UPDATE
England still lead over at Nelson Mandela Bay and, as things stand, both the US and Algeria are going out. They must know the result of the other game, surely?
72' US PRESS
USA continue to ask all the questions. Algeria concede a corner, but Donovan's delivery is punched clear by the keeper. They're just not clicking, the Americans.
70' SUBSTITUTION
Apparently, when you need a goal, the best thing you can do is to take off your sole creative spark; Guedioura replaces Ziani.
68' DOUBLE STOP
Rais M'Bohli, take a bow. Edson Buddle looks certain to score when he rises to meet Feilhaber's inviting cross. It's too close to the keeper, who fumbles, but then smothers at the second time of asking to prevent a sure-fire goal.
66' SUBSTITUTION
Rabah Saadane knows his side have to take the game by the scruff of its neck; Ghezzal on, Djebbour off.
64' SUBSTITUTION
A case of much Edu about nothing for the ineffective Maurice Edu, who's replaced by Edson Buddle.
63' LAST-DITCH DEFENDING
Hats off to Carlos Bocanegra, who slides in in the nick of time to deny Matmour a shot at goal. Algeria don't half look dangerous on the counter.
61' YELLOW CARD
Halliche makes the most of Jozy Altidore's typical striker's challenge and Bleeckere flashes the yellow card. Poor form.
58' WILD THING
How many chances do the US want? Jozy Altidore puts on the afterburners to race clear of Bougherra, before rolling the ball to Clint Dempsey on the edge of the box. The Fulham man has bags of time - his first effort tickles the post - and his second is wild and wide.
55' OMENS
The omens aren't too good for the US. They're without a World Cup win since 17 June 2002 when they beat Mexico 2-0. What's more, they've never won any of their final group games in World Cup history.
52' FLAG KICK DANGER
Belhadj whips in a decent corner that's just too high for Halliche. There's a suspicion of handball as Bornstein concedes another corner, which, following a spot of head tennis, is headed over by Yebda.
49' BIG CLAIM
Patient play as the US work the ball out wide to Cherundolo, whose inviting cross is gathered by the grateful M'Bohli. The Americans have to go for it, now.
47' SAVED BY THE FLAG
The linesman's flag spares Matmour's blushes. Kadir's searching ball found the fleet-footed striker, but he completely miscued his attempted first-time strike, and the US survive.
46' SECOND HALF
Up and running again in Pretoria. One change at the break, with Benny Feilhaber on in place of Hercules Gomez.
45' HALF TIME
Goalless at the break and, with England leading against Slovenia, both sides are going out. Algeria hit the woodwork, while Clint Dempsey had a perfectly good goal wrongly ruled out for offside. That incident sparked the US into life, and you'll have to ask Jozy Altidore how they're not ahead. He missed the most golden of chances.
42' POTSHOT
Karim Ziani has a pop from outside the area, but fires well wide of the mark. They're obviously hoping for some Jabulani magic, Algeria.
40' WELL HELD
Tim Howard does well to hold onto Matmour's stinging long-ranger. The US are growing into the game, but the Algerians look a threat on the counter, from range.
37' YAKUBU-SIZED SITTER
My word. Landon Donovan's pushed away from goal by the keeper, but with Rais M Bolhi out of position, Jozy Altidore somehow volleys over from just six-yards with an empty goal to aim at. Absolute sitter.
35' OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
USA almost find a way through as Landon Donovan slides in Clint Dempsey. Rais M'Bolhi stands tall, though, and makes the save. Algeria are giving the Americans far too much space to work some magic.
33' IMPROVEMENT
Much, much better from the US. Clint Dempsey heads Cherundolo's cross against an Algerian defender and Donovan can only slam the follow-up wide.
31' ALGERIA ON TOP
Algeria continue to enjoy the lion's share of possession as Matmour wins a corner off the outstretched boot of Bocanegra. The ensuing kick comes to nothing, but the signs are good for Rabah Saadane's side.
29' MAIN MAN
Djebbour's continuing to cause problems for the US backline. The big striker's always looking to make runs into the box, with Belhadj and Ziani supplying the goods.
27' INJUSTICE
Bougherra definitely played Dempsey on as the ball came across from Gomez. That's a scandalous piece of officiating, which could prove terminal for the Americans.
25' GROUP C UPDATE
There is a goal in the other game in Group C with Jermain Defoe firing England ahead against Slovenia. As it stands, the USA and Algeria are heading home.
22' RULED OUT
Clint Dempsey is clearly level as he turns Gomez's cross into the net from three-yards, but it won't count. Bob Bradley is fuming, and who can blame him? That was never offside.
19' ACROBATIC EFFORT
Cherundolo bursts away from his man and whips a cross into the mixer, where Hercules Gomes goes for the spectacular. His acrobatic effort, though, whistles well off target.
16' DESPERATE
Ziani's the latest player to rifle a hopeless effort off target. Landon Donovan then follows suit at the other end. Not the greatest spectacle in Pretoria...
14' SHOOT ON SIGHT
Algeria appear to have adopted a shoot on sight policy in a bid to end a goal drought that dates back to 1986 when Djamel Zidane secured a point against Northern Ireland. Yebda tries his luck, but it trickles wide.
12' YELLOW CARD
Hassan Yebda catches Jozy Altidore - a clear booking. He'll miss the next match, should Algeria defy the odds to progress.
9' ALL AT SEA
Another long ball has De Merit and co. at sixes and sevens. Djebbour brings the ball under wraps, but the angle's too tight and he fires wide.
7' END TO END
USA respond with a stinger of their own. Hercules Gomez is the danger man and his swerving effort is well held by M'Bolhi.
6' OFF THE BAR
Thwack! So close to a rare Algeria goal! Jay De Merit's all at sea in the box as a long ball sends Rafik Djebbour through on goal. He controls well, but rattles the woodwork. It's all Algeria.
4' BRIGHT START
Really good start from the Algerians - they're seeing plenty of the ball. The US are rocking.
3' BREADBASKET
Landon Donovan skips away from his marker, but his cross is straight down the throat of M'Bolhi. The LA Galaxy man needs to bring his A-game, that's for sure.
1' MATMOUR ROCKET
Algeria immediately on the attack, here, as Ziani wins the aerial tussle on the edge of the US area. Matmour meets the knock-down and leathers a fierce volley a couple of yards over.
0' WE'RE OFF
The ball's rolling in Pretoria. Belgium's Frank De Bleeckere, this afternoon's match official.
0' VUVUZELAS AT THE READY
The teams are out at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium, and both belt out their respective anthems, with the US fans in fine voice, ahead of this all or nothing Group C encounter.
0' ENDLESS PERMUTATIONS
It's do or die time for the Americans. If they beat Algeria they will advance to the round of 16; if they draw, and England only manage to draw with Slovenia, they could still progress. If they lose, they're going home. If Algeria beat USA and Slovenia lose, goal difference and goals scored will be decisive. England will go through with a win. If both Group C matches end in stalemate, either USA or England would join Slovenia in the last 16. If England draw 2-2 and USA-Algeria ends goalless, lots will be drawn.
0' PREDICTION
The USA have recent experience of going the extra mile to find a way into the knock-out stages of tournaments, and should feel confident of progression on the back of their second half performance against Slovenia. Algeria will be difficult to break down, but scoring continues to be a major obstacle: USA 2-0 Algeria.
0' THE TEAMS ARE IN
Algeria gaffer Rabah Saadane brings in an extra striker in Rafik Djebbour. The USA's Mexican-born Hercules Gomez comes in for suspended striker Rob Findley, defender Jonathan Bornstein starts at the expense of Oguchi Onyewu and Maurice Edu replaces Jose Torres in midfield.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
In the absence of suspended striker Robbie Findley, Clint Dempsey could partner Jozy Altidore in attack. Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu could also step in for Jose Torres, who was replaced at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Slovenia. Algeria coach Rabah Saadane, meanwhile, will likely name the same side that dug their heels in against Don Fab's toothless troops. Although no.1 stopper Faouzi Chaouchi is available again after injury.
0' PREVIEW
The stakes couldn't be any higher as USA prepare to entertain Algeria for their first time in their history. A win for the Yanks would guarantee Bob Bradley's men a place in the last 16, while a draw could suffice if England fail to oust group leaders Slovenia. Algeria, though, with just a point to their name thus far, simply have to win to stand any chance of making the knock-out rounds.
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Teams
United States
(4-4-2)
Tim Howard1
Steven Cherundolo6
Jay DeMerit15
Carlos Bocanegra3
81' Jonathan Bornstein12
90' Landon Donovan10
Michael Bradley4
64' Maurice Edu19
Clint Dempsey8
46' Herculez Gomez9
62' Jozy Altidore17
Substitutes
Marcus Hahnemann23
Brad Guzan18
Clarence Goodson21
Jonathan Spector2
Oguchi Onyewu5
90' 81' DaMarcus Beasley7
46' Benny Feilhaber22
Ricardo Clark13
Stuart Holden11
Francisco Torres16
64' Edson Buddle14
Algeria
(3-4-3)
23Rais M'Bohli Ouhab
2Madjid Bougherra
5Rafik Halliche
4Anthar Yahia 76' 90'
21Foued Kadir
19Hassan Yebda 12'
8Mehdi Lacen 83'
3Nadir Belhadj
13Karim Matmour 85'
11Rafik Zoheir Djebbour 66'
15Karim Ziani 69'
Substitutes
16Faouzi Chaquchi
1Lounes Gaouaoui
18Carl Medjani
14Abdelkader Laifaoui
17Adlene Guedioura 69'
6Yazid Mansouri
22Djamel Abdoun
12Habib Bellaid
20Djamel Mesbah
7Ryad Boudebouz
9Kader Ghezzal Abdel 66'
10Rafik Saifi 85'
Team Stats
United States Algeria
1 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
22 Shots 19
10 Shots on Goal 4
3 Saves 7
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
33 Crosses 22
4 Corner Kicks 6
1 Offsides 4
11 Fouls Committed 21
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
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United States
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1T. Howard - 0 0 0 3
3C. Bocanegra 0 0 0 - -
4M. Bradley 0 0 0 - -
6S. Cherundolo 0 0 0 - -
8C. Dempsey 0 0 0 - -
9H. Gomez 0 0 0 - -
10L. Donovan 1 0 0 - -
12J. Bornstein 0 0 0 - -
15J. DeMerit 0 0 0 - -
17J. Altidore 0 1 0 - -
19M. Edu 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
7D. Beasley 0 1 0 - -
14E. Buddle 0 0 0 - -
22B. Feilhaber 0 0 0 - -

Algeria
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
23R. M'Bohli Ouhab - 0 0 1 7
2M. Bougherra 0 0 0 - -
3N. Belhadj 0 0 0 - -
4A. Yahia 0 1 1 - -
5R. Halliche 0 0 0 - -
8M. Lacen 0 1 0 - -
11R. Djebbour 0 0 0 - -
13K. Matmour 0 0 0 - -
15K. Ziani 0 0 0 - -
19H. Yebda 0 1 0 - -
21F. Kadir 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
9K. Ghezzal Abdel 0 0 0 - -
10R. Saifi 0 0 0 - -
17A. Guedioura 0 0 0 - -
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Players
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AstAssists
SHTSShots
SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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