U.S. ties Slovenia 2-2 in FIFA World Cup 2010 (video)
JOHANNESBURG — It was a second-half comeback and it was a furious rally that barely makes up for a U.S. win that was taken away from the team in the latest FIFA 2010 World Cup game.
But although they were down two goals and heading surely toward an abrupt end to their World Cup venture, the Americans nonetheless fought back for a 2-2 draw with Slovenia — a tie the U.S. claimed should actually have been a victory, reports San Francisco news Channel KTVU
San Franciscans watched on ESPN as Landon Donovan scored early in the game’s second half, and Michael Bradley tied it in the 82nd minute on Friday, thereby keeping alive the Americans’ chances of advancing. Those chances would have been higher, however, had Maurice Edu’s goal as the result of a free kick not been removed by the referee.
“I’m a little gutted to be honest,” said Donovan. “I don’t know how they stole that last goal from us. I’m not sure what the call was. He (the referee) wouldn’t tell us what the call was.”
The second-half substitute, Edu, appeared to advance the U.S. in the 86th minute, sneaking in a close-range shot after Jozy Altidore headed Donovan’s free kick to him. However, the goal was waved off by referee Koman Couilibaly of Mali, because there had been a foul before Edu got the ball.
“We asked the ref many times what it was or who it was on and he wouldn’t or couldn’t explain it,” said Donovan. “I don’t know what to think of the call because I didn’t see any foul, just a normal free kick and a goal.”
Slovenia, is the smallest of the 32 competing nations in the FIFA 2010 World Cup but it managed a 2-0 lead when Valter Birsa caught goalkeeper Tim Howard flat-footed and scored in the 13th minute of the game. Zlatan Ljubijankic later scored after a counterattack in the 42nd.
Donovan scored in the 48th minute and Michael Bradley, who is the son of U.S. coach Bob Bradley, tied the score in the 82nd minute.
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“My guess is there’s not many teams in this tournament that could have done what we did,” Donovan said.
Bradley got a goal when Jozy Altidore’s header fell into the penalty area. Running as fast as he could, Bradley reached it just in front of the net and put it into the goal, just over Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic’s head.
“This team still understands how to fight for 90 minutes,” the U.S. coach said. “This is something we’ve seen time and time again.”
The United States never has not yet won a FIFA World Cup in which it has lagged behind.
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