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Algeria
HT: 0-0
Green Point Stadium (Attendance: 64,100)
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
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England vs. Algeria
Minute Commentary
94' IT'S ALL OVER
The whistle goes to bring an end to the game as boos echo around the Green Point Stadium. Algeria will be delighted with a point and England now must beat Slovenia to progress after failing to score, or even really carve out anything resembling a decent chance, against a dismal Algerian side.
93' LATE CHANCE
Algeria have a free-kick in a dangerous position to get a cross in. Thankfully, from an English perspective, Belhadj's delivery is wildly over-hit.
91' OVER THE BAR
The ball falls to Defoe and the striker gets a good connection, but unfortunately for England his shot flies over the bar.
90' TIME IS RUNNING OUT...
Can one of these teams grab a late winner? There are just minutes remaining of a game that has failed to live up to the quality of the other matches over recent days.
88' FINAL ALGERIAN CHANGE
Mesbah replaces Yebda in the Algerian midfield.
86' RIGHT IDEA
Rooney drops deep and tries to pick out Wright-Phillips with an adventurous cross-field ball. However, it's just cut out by the last man.
84' YELLOW CARD
Lacen hauls down Wright-Phillips again and the Algerian picks up a deserved booking for his troubles.
83' THIRD AND FINAL CHANGE
Crouch replaces Barry as England go for broke in search of a winner.
82' SPARKLING INTRODUCTION
Wright-Phillips has been very good since coming on, and wins a free-kick by drawing a foul from Lacen. However, Johnson's delivery is wildly over-hit and goes straight out of play.
80' CHANGE FOR ALGERIA
Ziani is about to substituted, but - by complete coincidence of course - is down with cramp and is unable to leave the field of play. Eventually he is hauled off to be replaced by Guedioura.
79' CAUGHT OFFSIDE
Algeria break, but Abdoun drifts offside to save England.
77' PILING ON THE PRESSURE
The ranks of white shirts have been camped on the edge of the Algeria box for the last five minutes as they get more and more desperate for a goal. Surely there's got to be a breakthrough one way or another.
75' IMPACT SUB
Defoe wins England a corner and already looks to have the pace and movement that could just unlock this Algerian defence. Lampard's shot from the resulting set-piece is blocked, and the ball is cleared.
74' EARLY CHANCE FOR DEFOE
Gerrard and Lampard link up beautifully to almost put Defoe clear, but the defence is alive to the danger and close down the sub before he can get a shot away.
73' CH-CH-CHANGES
The lively Boudebouz has run his socks off and is replaced by Abdoun. Heskey has worked his socks off, but supply into the big man has been poor and he is replaced by the more sprightly Defoe.
71' WHO'S GOING TO WIN THIS?
There is plenty of time for a goal in this game still, but Algeria look dangerous enough on the break to suggest that it might not necessarily be England who nick a winner.
69' ROOF OF THE NET
Heskey bursts into space in the box and fires a cross towards Rooney, but it is blocked en-route to the United man and balloons over the bar. Emile could really have had a shot there.
67' TERRIFIC DEFENDING
Heskey tracks back and wins the ball on the edge of the area.
66' MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE
Wright-Phillips does what Lennon should have done and runs at the full-back, earning England a free-kick down by the corner flag.
64' WHAT IS TERRY DOING?!
Terry gives away the ball twice, the first time harmlessly, but the second time almost with disastrous consequences. Thankfully James is alert and comes steaming off his line to just beat Matmour to the ball.
63' ENGLAND SUB
That is Lennon's last contribution. The winger is the man to make way for Wright-Phillips in a slightly surprising move by Capello.
62' LOVELY CROSS
Lennon, who has switched to the left, cuts inside and produces a delicious cross that is just clipped off the head of Rooney and behind for a corner.
60' A CHANGE IS COMING
Wright-Phillips is preparing to come on for England. It's a clever move as there is space on the break, but the question is who will he replace.
58' COMFORTABLY WIDE
Ziani's free-kick flies well wide, much to the relief of a concerned-looking James in the England goal.
57' YELLOW CARD
Yebda tricks his way around Carragher, but the Liverpool defender halts his progress and picks up a booking that will keep him out of the final group game.
56' ENGLAND PILE FORWARD
England really need a win here and are showing signs that they may finally be sparking into life. Lennon is again the threat, cutting inside and having a shot, which is well blocked.
55' WHERE'S THE CONFIDENCE!
Gerrard is sent clear into the box, but for the second time in the game tries an overly clever pull-back rather than take a shot. Would he have done that for Liverpool? There is only one answer to that question.
54' CUT OUT IN THE NICK OF TIME
Matmour looks to be racing onto a through-ball, but Carragher and Terry combine to snuff out the threat.
52' DISAPPOINTING END PRODUCT
Rooney and Lampard link up with some stunning skill to send Heskey clear down the right, but the striker gets in a muddle with his final ball and sends it behind for a goal-kick.
50' TERRY GETTING PHYSICAL
The centre-back is adjudged to have fouled Matmour twice in the space of a minute, but thankfully the two free-kicks come to nothing.
49' BETTER AGAIN FROM ENGLAND
Heskey and Rooney link up to try and play in Gerrard, but Bougherra just gets a toe to the ball to prevent the captain from a clear run on the keeper.
48' WELL-TIMED CHALLENGE
Ziani skins Johnson, but the full-back recovers well with a challenge in the box that he had to get right.
47' LAMPARD MORE INVOLVED
The Chelsea midfielder gets on the ball in a more advanced position than he did in the entire first half and almost picks out Rooney with a clever through-ball.
47' LAMPARD MORE INVOLVED
The Chelsea midfielder gets on the ball in a more advanced position than he did in the entire first half and almost picks out Rooney with a clever through-ball.
46' SECOND HALF
England get the ball rolling in the second half and will be desperate to show early signs of improvement.
45' HALF TIME
The whistle goes to bring an end to a first half in which neither side have created much of note. Algeria will be happy with the score-line as it is, so the onus is on England to improve.
42' WORTH A GO
After a lull in the game, Rooney takes it upon himself to try and spark England into life, shooting from distance to test the shaky Algerian keeper. M'Bohli does well to cling on to the shot.
38' INTO THE KEEPER'S ARMS
Lennon darts inside and finds Barry, but the midfielder's shot is straight at the keeper and it's a comfortable save. The right winger has been a spark for most of England's most dangerous football so far, but hasn't shown enough of his pace given the opportunities he's had to attack the full-back.
37' EBB AND FLOW
The last ten minutes have seen a significantly improved England display, but it still hasn't ripped Algeria apart as many seemed to be predicting prior to kick-off. Credit should go to the Africans for a solid all-round display.
34' A REAL THREAT
Boudebouz has looked excellent on the ball and jinks past a couple of England midfielders on the break. The move eventually finds Ziani in space, but the winger's shot fizzes wide of the post.
33' GREAT CROSS FROM LENNON
The right winger bends in a terrific cross that is just nicked away from Heskey. The ball rebounds to Lampard, who shoots, but the keeper is equal to it. Suddenly England look like a decent football team!
32' ENGLAND PRESSURE
Johnson's ball into the box almost picks out Heskey, and England keep up the pressure. Rooney and Lampard almost create a chance with a lovely one-two, but the final clipped ball over the top is fractionally over-hit. Much, much better from England!
31' MUCH MORE LIKE IT
Clever link-up play by England creates space for Gerrard and the midfielder test the keeper with a good low drive.
29' THE FLAG IS UP
Belhadj and Ziani try and link up again down the left, but the latter strays needlessly offside and the attack is halted by the linesman's flag.
26' HESKEY DOES WELL
The centre-forward does brilliantly to rob possession on the edge of the Algeria box, but it doesn't quite fall to a white shirt. That's what he's there for, and so far in this tournament he's done his job well.
24' HONOURS EVEN
It has by no means been all England in the opening stages and Algeria have been more than holding their own in the opening quarter.
23' THAT'S WHAT HE'S THERE FOR
Barry does brilliantly to bail out his centre-backs and cut out a dangerous Bougherra cross into the box.
22' SHOOT ON SIGHT
Boudebouz is given time to shoot, but sees his effort blocked by Terry. Algeria are looking to test James from distance at every opportunity, and are finding plenty of space to try and do so.
20' SHOULD BE A YELLOW
Gerrard - who has been poor in the opening stages - is cynically tripped by Bougherra as he bursts forward. It should be a booking for the Rangers defender, but the referee continues to be lenient.
19' OVERLY PHYSICAL
Heskey is smashed to the floor in a challenge but no free-kick is given. The Algerians are a notoriously dirty side and the ref will need to clamp down on tackles like that.
17' PANIC AT THE BACK
An innocuous ball into the England box suddenly becomes a threat as Carragher's sliced clearance goes straight behind him and forces James to make a save.
16' DUCKING IN THE CROWD AGAIN
Lennon darts towards the Algeria defence a fizzes in a pass to Gerrard, expecting a return ball. However, the skipper instead opts to shoot... and perhaps will regret his decision after only finding the crowd behind the goal.
14' A LITTLE AMBITIOUS
Boudebouz follows Dempsey's lead and shoots from distance, but unlike the American he fails to test the keeper as his shot flies well, well wide.
13' A BIT TOO PHYSICAL
Heskey goes up for a header from Gerrard's corner, but is adjudged to have climbed on his marker and gives away a free-kick.
11' NERVES IN DEFENCE
James' punched clearance has no distance and Johnson slices a terrible clearance straight across the box. Thankfully for England it falls to a white shirt and they can play their way out of trouble through Lennon.
10' PRESSING GAME
Heskey typifies the England performance so far, charging in on Yahia, closing down the centre-back's space and almost winning back position. Aggressive.
8' DANGER SIGNS
Belhadj and Ziani link up down the left and look to have sliced England open, only for Lennon to stretch his legs and put the ball out for a corner. The set-piece delivery is poor, but the threat on that Algerian left is already clear to see.
7' THERE WILL BE CHANCES
Cole almost gets in down England's left and it is already clear to see that there will be chances for the group favourites tonight - Algeria have been all over the place at the back.
5' JUST HIT IT!
The keeper slices his clearance straight to Rooney. England's talisman puts Gerrard in, but the captain opts to pull the ball back when he should have had a shot. Algeria break and create virtually a mirror situation with Matmour and Boudebouz... with the same outcome. There's no prizes for trying to walk it into the net - as Spain will tell you!
4' ALMOST CAUGHT OUT
The inexperienced Algerian goalkeeping is almost caught out by a looping over-hit cross from Gerrard. Shaky start by the keeper.
2' SLOW START
Neither side have been able to get a foothold in the opening stages, although it has been obvious that Algeria are not sitting back too deep. Capello has repeatedly stressed of the danger of the African side on the break and the early indications are that they will counter in numbers.
1' KICK-OFF
Algeria get the ball rolling in a match that will prove vital to the outcome of Group C.
0' THE KEY ISSUES
Can Gerrard and Rooney perform to their best going forward? Will Heskey finally score? Is Carragher's lack of pace going to be exposed on the break? Are we expecting too much of fit-again Barry? All these questions and more will be answered in the next 90 minutes.
0' THE ANTHEMS
'God Save the Queen' is belted out with gusto, before Algeria retaliate with their jaunty national anthem. The formalities are over... now for the part that really matters!
0' THE PLAYERS EMERGE
The two teams emerge into a cacophony of noise at the Green Point Stadium. As expected, the stands are awash with the cross of St George.
0' THE LINE-UPS
The line-ups are in and the headline news is that both teams change their goalkeepers. Green makes way for James after his howler against the USA, while the injured Faouzi Chaouchi is replaced by the inexperienced Rais M'Bolhi. Fabio Capello has opted for Carragher at the back in place of the injured King, while Heskey continues up top. Algeria switch to a back four, but continue with Belhadj and Ziani in a left-sided combination that has the pace and panache to worry the English defence.
0' ENGLISH INVASION
The fans are already gathering inside the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, one of the most stunning grounds at this World Cup. With a 64,100 capacity in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it will be the venue for one game in each of the knock-out stages prior to the final. The England supporters are here in vast numbers and will make up a large proportion of the crowd, and Cape Town has been decked out in white and red for the last few days.
0' THE BIG BUILD-UP
England were picked out as one of the possible winners of the tournament prior to kick-off, but their display against the USA has attracted criticism. The hype in the English media has reached almost ridiculous levels in the build up to this game, and the talk is over the probable selection of Green in goal and the ageing Carragher at centre-back, as well as whether Capello should go with Heskey, Defoe or Joe Cole in the only attacking place up for grabs.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Gareth Barry will start in midfield for England, having recovered from injury and Jamie Carragher is likely to replace the injured Ledley King at centre-back. Fabio Capello has to decide whether or not to keep faith with goalkeeper Robert Green after his blunder against the USA. Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe could be recalled at the expense of Emile Heskey. Algeria goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi is a doubtful starter due to a sprained knee. The inexperienced Rais M'Bolhi is expected to replace Chaouchi if he fails to recover in time for the match in Cape Town.
0' PREVIEW
England boss Fabio Capello, who celebrates his 64th birthday today, will be hoping his players can forget the disappointment of dropping two points against the USA and find their best form against Algeria, a side they have never met before at senior international level. Wayne Rooney has not scored in his last six matches for England and will be eager to end that run against the Desert Foxes. Algeria lost their opening match against Slovenia 1-0 and will be eliminated from the tournament if they lose to England.
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Teams
England
(4-4-2)
David James1
Glen Johnson2
John Terry6
58' Jamie Carragher18
Ashley Cole3
63' Aaron Lennon7
Frank Lampard8
84' Gareth Barry14
Steven Gerrard4
Wayne Rooney10
74' Emile Heskey21
Substitutes
Robert Green12
Joe Hart23
Ledley King20
Stephen Warnock13
Michael Dawson5
Matthew Upson15
63' Shaun Wright-Phillips17
Joe Cole11
Michael Carrick22
James Milner16
84' Peter Crouch9
74' Jermain Defoe19
Algeria
(3-4-3)
23Rais M'Bohli Ouhab
2Madjid Bougherra
3Nadir Belhadj
4Anthar Yahia
21Foued Kadir
19Hassan Yebda 89'
8Mehdi Lacen 85'
5Rafik Halliche
7Ryad Boudebouz 74'
13Karim Matmour
15Karim Ziani 81'
Substitutes
16Faouzi Chaquchi
1Lounes Gaouaoui
18Carl Medjani
14Abdelkader Laifaoui
22Djamel Abdoun 74'
17Adlene Guedioura 81'
20Djamel Mesbah 89'
6Yazid Mansouri
12Habib Bellaid
10Rafik Saifi
11Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
Team Stats
England Algeria
0 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
15 Shots 11
6 Shots on Goal 1
1 Saves 6
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
14 Crosses 20
10 Corner Kicks 3
1 Offsides 3
13 Fouls Committed 13
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
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England
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1D. James - 0 0 0 1
2G. Johnson 0 0 0 - -
3A. Cole 0 0 0 - -
4S. Gerrard 0 0 0 - -
6J. Terry 0 0 0 - -
7A. Lennon 0 0 0 - -
8F. Lampard 0 0 0 - -
10W. Rooney 0 0 0 - -
14G. Barry 0 0 0 - -
18J. Carragher 0 1 0 - -
21E. Heskey 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
9P. Crouch 0 0 0 - -
17S. Wright-Phillips 0 0 0 - -
19J. Defoe 0 0 0 - -

Algeria
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
23R. M'Bohli Ouhab - 0 0 0 6
2M. Bougherra 0 0 0 - -
3N. Belhadj 0 0 0 - -
4A. Yahia 0 0 0 - -
5R. Halliche 0 0 0 - -
7R. Boudebouz 0 0 0 - -
8M. Lacen 0 1 0 - -
13K. Matmour 0 0 0 - -
15K. Ziani 0 0 0 - -
19H. Yebda 0 0 0 - -
21F. Kadir 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
17A. Guedioura 0 0 0 - -
20D. Mesbah 0 0 0 - -
22D. Abdoun 0 0 0 - -
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AstAssists
SHTSShots
SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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