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US Advances at World Cup With 1-0 Win

Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria.

US midfielder Landon Donovan (L) celebrates after scoring during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 23, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria.
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US midfielder Landon Donovan (L) celebrates after scoring during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 23, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria.

With the U.S. perhaps three minutes from elimination, Jozy Altidore was stopped on a breakaway by goalkeeper Rais Bolihi. Donovan hustled in and kicked in the rebound to win Group C Wednesday.

After his U.S. record 44th international goal, Donovan joyously ran to the corner flag and his teammates ran down the touchline to mob him.

Donovan was in tears when the game ended and the United States had moved into the second round.

The World Cup is being televised in the United States by ESPN, a majority-owned unit of Walt Disney.

With just its fifth shutout in World Cup play, the United States (1-0-2) won a World Cup group for the first time since 1930 and will face the runner-up in Group D this weekend.

The USA team celebrate Landon Donovan's winning goal that sends the USA through to the second round during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa.
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The USA team celebrate Landon Donovan's winning goal that sends the USA through to the second round during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa.

England (1-0-2), which beat Slovenia moments earlier, also had five points but finished second because the U.S. scored four goals to two for the English. Slovenia (1-1-1) was third with four points, missing advancing because of Donovan's heroics. and Algeria (0-2-1) was last with one.

Until Donovan's goal, it appeared the officiating would again be the focus.

Clint Dempsey put the ball in the net in the 21st minute off the rebound of Herculez Gomez's shot. But the goal was called offside, just as Maurice Edu's late goal was disallowed against Slovenia last week, a score that would have given the Americans a victory. Replays appeared to show Dempsey was onside.

Dempsey had another great chance in the 57th minute when Michael Bradley stole the ball and sent Altidore streaking down the right side. Altidore crossed, but Dempsey's hit the goalpost. He shot wide on the rebound.

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