Wednesday, June 23, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 13 Group C Review

Group C


1 England 9

2 USA 4

3 Slovenia 2

4 Algeria 1


1 USA 5

2 England 5

3 Slovenia 4

4 Algeria 1

What a finish. I was still shaking an hour after the final whistle.

The US had it all to do in the last match, especially when England went 1-0 over Slovenia in the first half. Based on the three matches, they played well enough and deserved to go through. They still need to overcome their slow starts and lack of finishing, but their determination could get them to the quarters. Altidore and Dempsey worked their socks off in the last game against Algeria, but will need to do better to put bigger teams under pressure.

England have been disappointing, but looked to have some measure of control against Slovenia. The draw in the round of 16 should be interesting, especially if they get Germany, but I don’t see them progressing. Although if they go out at the quarters, what’s the difference between Capello and Sven?

Slovenia got a gift in the first match, couldn’t hold on against the US and couldn’t find the back of the net against England. Glad they are out.

Algeria just aren’t good enough. The Desert Foxes have decent players but can’t consistently create enough chances to challenge big boys. No goals scored says it all.

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