Day 13 Recap

Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng gestures during a 2010 World Cup Group D soccer match against Germany at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 23, 2010.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Group C

United States 1 – Algeria 0

England 1 – Slovenia 0

Advancing: USA, England

See our USA match summary here and analysis here.

England brought on new blood and finally found a positive result. Jermain Defoe, in his first World Cup match, finished off James Milner’s cross to give England a victory (23rd). The Three Lions put in their most convincing performance of the group stage but will need better finishing to go further (even the Wazza couldn’t find the net, seeing his best shot pushed into the post).

Group D

Ghana 0 – Germany 1

Australia 2 – Serbia 1

Advancing: Germany, Ghana

What a day it was for Group D. The matches started with Ghana topping the group, and at certain points during the two contests, it appeared that any of the teams would be capable of going through. Germany’s Mesut Ozil started the scoring, setting himself up for a wunderstrike by popping the ball up and striking it on the half volley. With the results then 1-0 and 0-0, Germany and Ghana were through.

In the other match, Serbia were dominant in the first half and appeared ready to win by multiple goals – the three points would have made them second to Germany. But during the second half, Australia took the match to the Serbs and were rewarded with two tallies– Cahill (69th) and Holman (73rd). The Aussies were rampaging up and down the pitch and looked likely to pick up a 3rd goal, which would have put them through at the expense of Ghana. Unfortunately for them, Serbia found a goal in the 84th and once more took the Aussies to task. Had they been able to find a goal in the last frantic minutes, the Serbs would then have knocked out Ghana.

By that point, Germany was content and no longer pushing for a goal, though Ghana’s similar feelings were bewildering. Serbia were not far away from picking up that second goal.

As it stands, Germany and England will meet on Sunday with USA and Ghana playing on Saturday.

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