The USA drew 2-2 today with Slovenia in England’s Group C, but had a perfectly good 3rd goal disallowed, which only the referee will be able to explain why he didn’t give the goal.
Michael Bradley equalizes – coach’s son scored USA’s second goal
Ther USA started slowly, just like they did against England and were 2-0 down at half time and were not even at the races in that first half.
Good goals from Birsa on 13 minutes and then Ljubijankic just 3 minutes before the break, saw Slovenia (with a population of just two million) well ahead, and seemingly headed towards the last 16 with their second win in succession.
But American coach Bob Bradley made two attack-minded changes at the break, and the US attacked Slovenia in the second half, as Bradley had made it clear it was a must-win game today.
And a good early second half goal from Landon Donovan got the Yanks right back in the game, as the former Everton player (on loan) was clear through down the right and cut nicely towards the line, but then surprised the Slovenian goalkeeper by smashing the ball high into the net from a narrow angle – a wonderfully taken goal by the LA Galaxy star.
With just 10 minutes to go it was touch and go whether the USA could pull level, but then Michael Bradley scored a terrific second goal for the USA and it was all square. Bradley was a reported Newcastle target a couple of seasons ago and on this showing, the 22 year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder would be a good acquisition.
In the last 8 minutes it was anybody’s game as Slovenia attacked as much as the US, but the referee then disallowed what looked a perfectly good goal by the US, following a free kick. The ball was smashed into the net by substitute Maurice Edu after 86 minutes, but was immediately disallowed.
TV replays couldn’t see any foul committed by a USA player, nobody was offside, and indeed two Americans seemed to be being held by the Solvenian defenders. It was a strange decision and USA players at the end – particularly Jozy Altidore – confronted the referee, but Josy was wisely pulled away by a team-mate. The referee should surely say why the goal was not allowed?
After the game US coach Bob Bradley, who was both happy and sad, said:
“I still don’t know why the goal from Maurice Edu was disallowed.”
However it was an exciting game to watch – that’s for sure.
But this was almost a perfect result for England, and a 2-1 win tonight against Algeria will see England at the top of their Group C tonight.
We have to hope England turn up though, and put in a good display and get as big a win as they can, because goal difference could well decide which country tops the group.
In another upset result today Serbia beat Germany 1-0 – the first time the Germans have lost a group game at the World Cup since back in 1986, and it was again the referee who impacted that game, as he seemed to be trying to book every player – and that was in the first half. As the TV commentators kept saying – a foul shouldn’t be getting a yellow card each time.
Striker Miroslav Klose tunred out to be the unlucky one, with two soft fouls that earned him a yellow card each time, and he was sent off after 37 minutes.
Just one minute later Chelsea full back Milan Jovanovic hit Serbia’s winner.
And in the second half German captain Lham committed a bad foul, having already received a yellow card in the first half – but the referee didn’t give him a card – when the foul probably for once deserved one, and Germany could have been down to 9 men.
And would you believe Germany actually missed a penalty for once – as Lukas Podolski had his penalty kick well saved by goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic down to his left, in the 60th minute.
We now look forward to England getting a win over Algeria – easily – we wish. Where’s those blood pressure tablets. 😀