Sunday, June 13, 2010

England vs USA (Group qualifier)



A compelling game of football.


England played pretty well, creating numerous chances and half chances. Alas it was one of those nights when the chances weren't taken and the final ball from the wingers was often poor. It was hard to see how the USA could have come back from a two goal deficit.

The USA played extremely well, refusing to be rattled by a quality early goal, and defending bravely with occasional attacks that looked promising. Men of the match - Tim Howard (outstanding) and the American defenders - lost count of how many times they made well timed challenges and brave blocks. They also swarmed all over Rooney, effectively neutralising him for the entire match.

England drew because of one horrible and very uncharacteristic mistake by a decent goalkeeper and a decent man. Roll on Friday.

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