England and United States finishes 1-1

England and the United States fought out an absorbing 1-1 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on Sunday in South Africa.

Steven Gerrard gave England the lead after only 4 minutes before a goal keeping blunder by Robert Green late in the first-half tied the scores just before the break.

England tried valiantly to pull out a winner in the second-half but the USA were up to the challenge and the match ended with both sides on one goal apiece.

The Americans have goal keeper Tim Howard to thank for gaining a point as he made a number of excellent saves for his country.

First Half:
An absorbing first-half that was set alight in the 4th minute when a one-two between Heskey and Gerrard resulted in an England goal to the Liverpool captain and Steven Gerard sent the Three Lion’s fans into raptures.

The USA bounced back well after conceding the early goal and they had plenty of the ball during the first-half and conjured up a couple of chances of their own that threatened without penetrating.

Both sides moved the ball well over the course of the game and they alternated periods of possession with England looking slightly the better side.

A 4oth minute blunder by England keeper Robert Green allowed a Clint Dempsey shot  from outside the box to roll past his hands and across the goal line in a terrible howler that levelled the scores at 1-1.

In a game where genuine chances were few, each side had their moments that could have resulted in goals and at half-time it was tied at one goal apiece.

First half rating (Out of 5): England 3.5 – United States 3

Second Half

England did plenty of attacking in the second-half but the United States were able to absorb everything the Brits threw at them and as much as England went forward they never realistically looked like finding the back of the net.

The Americans had the best chance in the half when Jozy Altidore had too much pace for Carragher and got close to goal and shot down low to the left where England keeper Green parried it onto the post to save the day for the Three Lions.

The USA were under the pump for most of the second-half but withstood the pressure well and certainly held their own against the well fancied England.

An interesting affair that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): England 3 – United States 3

Final Score

England 1 – 1 United States

4m S. Gerrard (Eng)
40m C. Dempsey (USA)

26m J. Milner (Eng)
39m S. Cherundolo (USA)
48m J. Demerit (USA)
60m J. Carragher (Eng)
61m S. Gerrard (Eng)
74m R. Findley  (USA)

England Starting 11
Robert Green, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey

Substitutes
31m Shaun Wright Phillips for James Milner
46m Jamie Carragher for    Ledley King
79m Peter Crouch for Emile Heskey

United States Starting 11
Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay Demerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Ricardo A. Clark, Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley

Substitutes
78m Edson Buddle for Robbie Findley
86m Stuart Holden for Jozy Altidore

Team Game Rating (out of 10): England 6.5 - United States 6

Match Thoughts

England probably deserved to win as they had more of the play and provided most of the attacking moves for the game but were unrewarded for their effort after taking the lead at the 4 minute mark thanks to Gerrard.

English keeper Green’s massive blunder to allow the USA to equalise was the turning point of the match and it gave the Americans a bit more confidence.

When all is said and done, England were expected to win this match and they walk away with a draw. There are lessons to be learned and the Three Lions must now move on and rise to the next challenge.

England

Positives: Moved the ball well at times and controlled the game for long periods with some cohesive play.
Area to Improve: Need to convert chances at this level or face the consequences.
Where to now: Played well enough to suggest they can get two wins or a win and draw from remaining two games in this group.

United States

Positives: Team performance very good and moved the ball quickly at times against a quality defence.
Area to Improve: They were opened up a few times in the middle by England and need to convert more chances when offered.
Where to now: On their effort against England they appear a great chance to finish in one of top two spots and Slovenia match pivotal to their chances.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup

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