We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Sun 13 Jun 2010 02:56 AM

Font Size

- Aa +

Green clanger sees England drop vital points

Green clanger sees England drop vital points
England's World Cup campaign got off to a farcical start as goalkeeper Rob Green knocked the ball into his own goal to hand the USA a 1-1 draw in the opening game for group C. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
The first meeting between the two sides since the 1950 World Cup was held at the picturesque Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
The signs looked good for the English team when captain Steven Gerrard, ignited the game with a fourth minute strike, capping off a lovely team move. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
English fans were delirious with joy at the quick lead, and things looked ominous for the USA, as England looked to be clicking into gear. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
30 minutes into the game, Capello pulled off a sluggish James Milner, who had just recovered from a viral infection, after he received a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Steve Cherundolo. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
US goalkeeper, Tim Howard, then required treatment after colliding heavily with Emile Heskey as the England striker challenged him for the ball. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
USA slowly began to establish a foothold in the game, as Dempsey and Donovan began combining well and orchestrating the team's play better. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
After 40 minutes, the US's persistence paid off, with Dempsey sending in a speculative, low, bouncing shot at goal, which Green should have saved easily, but instead palmed into his own net. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
Although England improved in the second half, and fashioned a fair number of chances, they weren't able to convert them, as Howard enjoyed a fantastic game, pulling off some incredible saves. (Getty Images)
Green clanger sees England drop vital points
At the end of the game, the American fans celebrated like they were the victors, having held their more illustrious opponents to a vital draw. (Getty Images)