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USA Advances to Knockout Round on Last-Minute Goal! Ghana Up Next 24

Posted: June 23, 2010, 12:30 PM ; Updated: June 23, 2010, 5:21 PM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Landon Donovan scored in injury time as the United States advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria on Wednesday.

The United States topped its group at the World Cup for the first time since 1930, leading Group C with five points. England also progressed with five points, but with an inferior goal difference, after its 1-0 win over Slovenia at Port Elizabeth. The U.S. will play Ghana in the Round of 16 on Saturday.

Donovan slotted in the rebound after Algeria goalkeeper Rais Bolhi had stopped Clint Dempsey's shot from close range in the first minute of injury time. It was his fourth World Cup goal, equaling Bert Patenaude's U.S. record.

"I'm shocked. I'm so proud of our guys. Unbelievable,'' Donovan said. "Clint made a good run in the middle, the ball fell to me .... time kind of stopped. You can't miss from there.''

Both teams had chances but failed to score during regulation time in the free-flowing match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. A 0-0 result would have eliminated both teams, as England had just completed its win over Slovenia, which had four points going into the last match.

As the final whistle sounded, the U.S. bench raced onto the field and piled on top of the players on the far sideline.

Donovan said he'd never despaired, even when the Americans hadn't been able to convert chances in regulation time.

"We believe man. We're alive!'' said Donovan, in tears at times after the match.

Coach Bob Bradley said his U.S. team had to take risks, pushing hard for a goal to secure the win and making for a wide open game.

"We're proud,'' he said. "We finished first in our group. Five points. Didn't lose a match. So we're ready.

Dempsey had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half and hit the post in the second.

TV replays appeared to show Dempsey to be onside when he tapped into the net from close range after being fed by Herculez Gomez in the 21st minute. He hit the post in the 57th and missed the rebound.

Rafik Djebbour went close to scoring Algeria's first tournament goal in the 6th, with the striker's shot hitting the crossbar after U.S. defender Jay DeMerit failed to clear a long ball.

Algeria, which has never advanced beyond the group phase in a World Cup, finished with one point from its dour draw with England.

The Americans held England to a 1-1 draw and staged a dramatic comeback from two goals down to level at 2-2 with Slovenia in its previous matches.

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Lineups:

United States: Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein (DaMarcus Beasley, 79), Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu (Edson Buddle, 64), Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez (Benny Feilhaber, 46), Jozy Altidore.

Algeria: Rais Bolhi, Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj, Anther Yahia, Rafik Halliche, Medhi Lacen, Rafik Djebbour (Abdelkader Ghezzal, 65), Karim Matmour (Rafik Zaifi, 85), Karim Ziani (Adlane Guedioura, 69) Hassen Yebda, Fouad Kadir.

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24 Comments

THE COME BACK KIDS STRIKE AGAIN!!

USA,USA,USA

Go USA!!!!!! Hope that win World Cup

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

That was just amazing

C'mon Ghana we want want a piece of you on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How incredible is it that USA not only had all the disrespect on them just because they were far away from where the cup is being held but how the referees absolutely hated them with as much as possible and yet, USA overcame that and topped their group. I can't tell you what I was screaming at the TV when USA tied with slovenia. I mean I was madder than mad. Edu had the game winner but he called him offsides when he cant be due to the fact that at least twenty men were in the same box. no one likes the USA no matter where it is. none the less, USA shocks south africa and...... maybe the rest of the entire world. also, look on the bright side, at least they are not like france :)

well were going to the knockout round.refs were hatin on usa.now if we win there really going to be a party in da USAAA

I saw the replay of the USA-Algeria on ESPN2. Algeria fought hard, but the USA came out on top in the end. Go USA!

Are you kidding. Dempsey was not even close to being offside. These refs did everything they could to eliminate the U.S. but failed. YAH!

kung fu chicken, he's right. there is clearly no doubt that the stupid refs were trying to get rid of the clean americans who were just trying to get a little respect back in the land of the free and the home of the brave. USA is playing on saturday at 11am. all supporters, bring your voice with you and replica ball and jersey of either dempsey, donovan, or howard. i know i will.

They were not trying to eliminate USA they just made a bad call.

My prediction was america to the quarterfinals. I thought it would be the end of that, but maybe I got lucky! GO USA! GO USA USAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA

I don't get why the world cup games aren't on FOX and why the U.S. isn't on abc every time they play.

tim howard is doing amazing they need to keep it up i want to see who else advances fifa needs to get new refs i mean us could have beaten slovenia we have to many open net chances and we miss!who agrees.

That is awesome how the USA Team won. My fav is Jozy Altidore.

Go USA!!!

We should have 7 points. Go USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

America! America! You rock!

The US did great. They deserved it after the last game.GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO United States.

I saw this game live and it was one of the most suspenseful games EVER!!!!!

K

landon is the man i hope we play germany reply

I knew America was going to win!

they didn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go lebron

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