Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Jermain Defoe's goal helped England reached the last-16 of the football World Cup : England 1-0 Slovenia
England finally found their form at the Port Elizabeth stadium Wednesday and reached the last-16 of the football World Cup with a 1-0 over Slovenia.
England started the game on a positive note and enjoyed better ball possession and sparkled with sharp passes.
Jermain Defoe's opening half goal helped England scrape past Slovenia 1-0 after securing the runners-up spot in Group C.
Starting in place of misfiring Emile Heskey, Defoe turned out to be England's unlikely hero when he found the match-winning goal in the 23rd minute.
It was Defoe who responded to his coach Capello's call by superbly slotting home the ball past Slovenia keeper Samir Handanovic from a James Milner curling cross from the right wing to give England the lead.
The impressive Slovenes, however, crashed out of the tournament after the United States scored a late-winner over Algeria in another Group C match in Pretoria to secure the took top spot.
Slovenia: Samir Handanovic; Miso Brecko, Marko Suler, Bostjan Cesar, Bojan Jokic, Valter Birsa, Robert Koren, Aleksandar Radosavljevic, Andraz Kirm, Zlatan Ljubijankic (Zlatko Dedic 62'), Milivoje Novakovic.
England: David James, Glen Johnson, Matthew Upson, John Terry, Ashley Cole's, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Jermain Defoe (Emile Heskey 85'), Wayne Rooney (Joe Cole 72').
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