At the end of the United States-Algeria World Cup match on Wednesday (June 23), play-by-play announcer Ian Dark remarked that Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any better.
Which is maybe true, but for the sake of American soccer fans’ collective blood pressure, maybe the next game will be something less of a nail-biter.
Facing a win-or-go-home situation in Group C, the United States took just about as long as it could possibly take before Landon Donovan scored on a rebound in stoppage time to give his team a 1-0 victory and a win in the group. England also won Wednesday, beating Slovenia 1-0 to earn a spot in the round of 16.
After seemingly endless chances to score — including a goal by Clint Dempsey that was disallowed on a questionable offside call — but nothing to show for it, the U.S. looked like it was headed home. Then a save by goalkeeper Tim Howard started a break that Donovan eventually finished.