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.

Team Line-Ups:

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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