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Wednesday, 23rd June 2010
Defoe Fires England Into Last 16

Group C Match

Slovenia Flag England Flag
Slovenia vs England in Port Elizabeth.

England, in their all-red strip, needed to win against Slovenia to stay in the tournament; as the England fans drowned out the vuvuzelas.

In the fifteenth minute, Frank Lampard's free-kick was the first shot on target; with a typical Jabulani swerve.

In the twenty third minute Jermain Defoe fired England to the top of the group. A great cross from James Milner on the right to the Tottenham front-man in the six-yard box; and he doesn't miss those. Samir Handanovic had his hands on the ball, but Defoe was just too close and the volley too sure.

Eight minutes later, Defoe, Rooney and Gerrard were all firing at Samir Handanovic; who was lucky not to have the last shot bounce out of his hands and over the line.

Half-time: 0:1

Wayne Rooney hit the post in the 58th minute then John Terry and Glen Johnson were both called upon to block Slovenia's attempt to equalise ten minutes later.

With no more goals in the second-half the game that needed to be won was, and everything else is history.

In the other match, Team USA scored in injury time, to top the group.

Final Score:
Slovenia 0 England 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 - Jermain Defoe (23 mins)

Man of The Match:
Jermain Defoe - Fabio Capello might make mistakes, but he showed he can correct them in time.


Travel to Slovenia Slovenia:
1 Samir Handanovic; 13 Bojan Jokic, 5 Bostjan Cesar, 4 Marko Suler, 2 Miso Brecko; 17 Andraz Kirm, 18 Aleksandar Radosavljevic, 8 Robert Koren, 10 Valter Birsa; 11 Milivoje Novakovic, 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic.

Travel to England England:
1 David James; 3 Ashley Cole, 15 Matthew Upson, 6 John Terry, 2 Glen Johnson; 4 Steven Gerrard, 14 Gareth Barry, 8 Frank Lampard, 16 James Milner; 19 Jermain Defoe, 10 Wayne Rooney.

Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Substitutions Substitutions:
62 Mins (Slovenia) - 14 Zlatko Dedic on for 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic
79 Mins (Slovenia - 23 Tim Matavz on for 17 Andraz Kirm
72 Mins (England) - 11 Joe Cole on for 10 Wayne Rooney
86 Mins (England) - 21 Emile Heske on for 21 Emile Heskey

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
40 Mins - Bojan Jokic (Slovenia)
48 Mins - Glen Johnson (England)
79 Mins - Valter Birsa (Slovenia)
81 Mins - Zlatko Dedic (Slovenia)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

USA vs Algeria.

Previous Encounters:
England beat Slovenia (2:1) at Wembley, in September 2009.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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