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As any sports fan knows, it's always gut-wrenching to watch your favourite team play, as so much hinges on the quite variable outcome of a match. Luck and chance have about as much worth as skill and technique; nothing is set in stone and one game can change everything. 2010's FIFA World Cup was no different, with 32 qualifying national football (soccer) teams ready to prove themselves for their countries and fans. On June 12, 2010 the opening match of FIFA's Group C played out in front of a world-wide audience as the underdog Americans took on the mighty England.
Anticipation had been built up six months for the match, leaving fans almost drooling when the match exploded into action. The last time the USA had faced England on the international level was back in 1950, when the USA won 1:0 (a fact many USA fans like to gloat over, but has really become largely irrelevant by today). England has a much better "track record", having played 55 games, of which it won 25, tied 17, and lost 13. The USA can only attest to having played 25, of which it won 6, tied 3, and lost 16.
England's best performance was in 1966, when Geoff Hurst scored 3 goals in the last four minutes against West Germany, leaving the score 4:2 and England the winners of the World Cup. England's worst performance was in 1950, when it lost 1:0 to the USA.
The USA's best performance was in 1950, when it beat England 1:0. The USA's worst performance was not qualifying for another World Cup forty years after the win against England.
England was favoured to win the match beforehand, even though it had lost two great players. First, England lost Rio Ferdinand (c) when he suffered a knee ligament injury during the team's first training session on June 4th, and then they lost David Beckham when he tore his left Achilles tendon. The USA's best hope in the match was to neutralize England Striker Wayne Rooney and his famous "spin move".
The two teams line up as the cameras roll and fans across the world watch as the match unfolds on June 12, 2010 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa (Image Source).
The England National Football Team, also known as the Three Lions. From top left: Emile Heskey (Forward), John Terry (Defense), Robert Green (Goalkeeper), Shaun Wright-Philips (Midfield), James Milner (Midfield), Frank Lampard (Midfield). From bottom left: Glen Johnson (Defense), Steven Gerrard (c) (Midfield), Wayne Rooney (Forward), Aaron Lennon (Midfield), Ashley Cole (Defense). (Image Source)
The USA National Football Team. From top left: Clint Dempsey (Midfield), Carlos Bocanegra (c) (Defender), Ricardo Clark (Midfield), Tim Howard (Goalkeeper), Oguchi Onyewu (Defender), Jay DeMerit (Defender). From bottom left: Steve Cherundolo (Defender), Landon Donovan (Forward), Robbie Findley (Forward), Michael Bradley (Midfield), Jozy Altidore (Forward). (Image Source)
England's Goal Four Minutes In
Top: England Midfielder Steven Gerrard (c) scoring the first goal of the match in the fourth minute (Image Source). Bottom: England Midfielder Steven Gerrard (c) exultant as he scores the first goal of the match (Image Source).
England Striker Emile Heskey had taken England Defender Glen Johnson's throw-in, sent it through to England Midfielder Steven Gerrard (c), who darted around USA Midfielder Ricardo Clark and shot it past USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard from short range.
USA's Tying Goal In The Fortieth Minute
Top: USA Midfielder Clint Dempsey scoring the USA's tiebreaker in the fortieth minute (Image Source). Bottom: England Goalkeeper Robert Green makes a terrible mistake and lets in USA Midfielder Clint Dempsey's shot - thus granting the USA a tying goal. (Image Source).
USA Midfielder Clint Dempsey had spun around England Midfielder Steven Gerrard (c), and hit a left-footed shot from 25 yards; the ball bouncing twice across the field and slipping past England Goalkeeper Robert Green's fingers, passing the goal line.
The Heated Second Half
England Striker Wayne Rooney is heatedly followed by several USA players. (Image Source). The USA were able to mostly hammer in Rooney, who was only able to make a clear shot in the 75th minute.
England Midfielder Steven Gerrard (c) jumping over USA Midfielder Clint Dempsey during the last heated 13 minutes of June 12's heated match between England and the USA at the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in Rustenberg, South Africa. (Image Source) - Cover Photo
England Striker Peter Crouch, looming over the USA players with his 6'7'' height, clashes with USA Striker Steve Cherundolo in the last 13 minutes of the match. (Image Source)
The hard fought match ended in a 1:1 stalemate. England was disappointed to not win against the USA, while the USA was content with the result. England would go on to play Algeria in their next game, while the USA would go on to play against Slovenia.
Of the game, USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was named Man Of The Match, has said, "We'll take more out of a draw than they will. They're going to feel like they should have won the game."
Of England Goalkeeper Robert Green's blunder, England Midfielder Frank Lampard has said, "It was unfortunate. These balls are moving about. I don't know how much the ball moved. We were disappointed for Greeny because we are a team and we win, lose and draw as a team."
Of the game, England Midfielder Steven Gerrard (c) has said, "It was a difficult game. I think the important thing in the first game is not to lose. Unfortunately, we've let a poor goal in and we couldn't go on and get the winner."
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