WORLD CUP: USA fightback stuns Slovenia

The USA came from two goals down to snatch a deserved 2-2 draw and saw a late winner controversially ruled out against Slovenia.
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The USA came from two goals down to snatch a deserved 2-2 draw and saw a late winner controversially ruled out against Slovenia.

Slovenia: 0
USA: 0

Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Crowd: 45,573

Officials Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
Assistants: Redouane Achik (Morocco) & Inacio Candido (Angola)
Fourth official: Subkhiddin Salleh (Malaysia)

Yellow cards: SLO Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Kirm USA Findley

Red cards: None

MATCH REPORT

There seemed no way back for the USA at half time as they trailed Slovenia 2-0 and looked a beaten side, whilst their opponents seemed to be heading for the last 16.
But, in the game of the tournament so far, the Americans staged a dramatic second half comeback to snatch a draw, with the coach’s son Michael Bradley levelling with eight minutes remaining.

Valter Birsa had put Slovenia ahead with a curling effort and Zlatan Ljubijankic doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

But once Landon Donovan had reduced the deficit early in the second half Slovenia lost their first half swagger and the USA went all out for an equaliser.

Their pressure finally told when Bradley shot past Samir Handanovic on 82 minutes.

This pulsating game still had one final twist when substitute Maurice Edu's volley found the back of the net but the American’s joy was short-lived as referee Koman Coulibaly harshly ruled the effort out for a foul.

Starting Line-Ups

SLO

1. Samir Handanovic
2. Miso Brecko
4. Marko Suler
5. Bostjan Cesar
13. Bojan Jokic
10. Valter Birsa (Dedic, 87)
8. Robert Koren
18. Aleksandar Radosavljevic
17. Andraz Kirm
9. Zlatan Ljubijankic (Pecnik, 73 (Komac, 90+4))
11. Milivoje Novakovic

SUBS

12. Jasmin Handanovic (GK)
3. Elvedin Dzinic
6. Branko Ilic
7. Nejc Pecnik
14. Zlatko Dedic
15. Rene Krhin
16. Aleksander Seliga (GK)
19. Suad Filekovic
20. Andrej Komac
21. Dalibor Stevanovic
22. Matej Mavric
23. Tim Matavz

USA

1. Tim Howard
6. Steve Cherundolo
15. Jay DeMerit
5. Oguchi Onyewu (Gomez, 80)
3. Carlos Bocanegra
10. Landon Donovan
16. Jose Torres (Edu, 46)
4. Michael Bradley
8. Clinton Dempsey
17. Jozy Altidore
20. Robbie Findley (Feilhaber, 46)

SUBS

18. Bradley Guzan (GK)
2. Jonathan Spector
7. DaMarcus Beasley
9. Herculez Gomez
11. Stuart Holden
12. Jonathan Bornstein
13. Ricardo Clark
14. Edson Buddle
19. Maurice Edu
21. Clarence Goodson
22. Benny Feilhaber
23. Marcus Hahnemann (GK)

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