Controversy and Melancholy

Group C just got a lot more complicated.
A win against the United States today would have guaranteed Slovenia a spot in the next round. Going into the second half, Slovenia held a 2-0 lead and the second round was within reach. An impressive rally from the United States tied the game at 2 a piece. Then the controversy began: In the 86th minute, Landon Donovan’s free kick landed on the foot of Maurice Edu who scored for the U.S. But, the goal was disallowed. Check it out.There is no reason why the goal shouldn’t have counted. The referee who called a foul on the play couldn’t even explain himself why the foul was called.
The second Group C match-up of the day was, to put it lightly, extremely boring. England and Algeria played to a 0-0 draw with barely any action on the attack. England is lacking team chemistry and it shows quite clearly on the field. Last week’s highlight reel goalie Robert Green was left on the bench in favor of David James. An interesting move but it didn’t seem to have a significant impact on the game. The English team was uninspired which is why their next game against Slovenia is a must-win.
At the end of the day, nothing is certain in Group C which means two spots in the second round are still up for grabs.
The United States and Slovenia will come out on top in the end.

Day 8 Results
Group C
United States 2-2 Slovenia
England 0-0 Algeria

Group D
Serbia 1-0 Germany

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