USA fight back to deny Slovenia

Today’s fixtures Holland     vs       Japan    1:30pm  Ghana        vs       Australia   4: 00pm  Cameroon vs       Denmark 8.30pm Yesterday’s results Germany  0-1  SerbiaUSA            2-2 SloveniaEngland    vs    Algeria THE United States made a dramatic comeback from two goals down at halftime to draw 2-2 with Slovenia and rescue their World Cup chances yesterday.
The US complete their recovery eight minutes from time as Michael Bradley takes advantage of some sloppy Slovene defending
The US complete their recovery eight minutes from time as Michael Bradley takes advantage of some sloppy Slovene defending

Today’s fixtures

Holland     vs       Japan    1:30pm 
Ghana        vs       Australia   4: 00pm 
Cameroon vs       Denmark 8.30pm

Yesterday’s results

Germany  0-1  Serbia
USA            2-2 Slovenia
England    vs    Algeria

THE United States made a dramatic comeback from two goals down at halftime to draw 2-2 with Slovenia and rescue their World Cup chances yesterday.

Slovenia took a surprise 2-0 lead by halftime, outplaying the Americans and scoring with goals from Valter Birsa in the 13th minute and Zlatan Ljubijankic in the 42nd.

But Landon Donovan scored a brilliant individual goal three minutes after the break and as the Americans poured forwards, Michael Bradley, son of coach Bob Bradley, grabbed an equaliser eight minutes from time.

The USA nearly won the game five minutes from the end when a free kick was swung into the Slovenia area and Maurice Edu directed the ball into the net but the referee blew for an infringement.

USA players protested furiously and were left fuming at the decision after the game.

“I am a little bit gutted to be honest. I don’t know how they stole that third goal from us. It’s too bad because that was a fair goal I think,” Donovan said. “I saw a good finish and a good goal. I’m not sure what the call was, he wouldn’t tell us what the call was.”

Slovenia grabbed the lead through a superb 25 metre strike from Valter Birsa - left in acres of space the winger looked up and fired past a strangely stationary Tim Howard.

In the 42nd minute, the USA were caught on the break, Milivoje Novakovic split open a flat back line with a superb through ball to Zlatan Ljubijankic who kept his cool and slotted past the advancing Howard.

But within three minutes of the restart, the U.S pulled a goal back, Donovan cutting in from the right flank and then blasting in at the near post from the tightest of angles.

The USA poured forward in search of an equaliser and eight minutes from time Bradley surged into the Slovenia penalty area to get onto a knock-down from Jozy Altidore and put a rising shot past Slovenia keeper Samir Handanovic.

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