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6.23.2010

Group D Results: Germany and Ghana made it to the last 16 in a very tough group

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Germany started the group like a powerful panzer but ended like a plane on fire. The European team could not use their most important striker - Miroslav Klose - against Ghana and they suffered to beat the African squad 1-0. However, both teams advanced to the round of 16.

Australia defeated Serbia 2-1 in the last game, which was a surprising result considering previous games. The socceroos eliminated Serbia and helped Africa have at least one team in the next stage.

This group was a constant surprise for everyone, and we cannot say that Germany or Ghana are clear favorites against England or the US. But at least some newbies at World Cups like Cacau, Ozil or Muller proved that there is still class in German football. The final table of Group D was:

Teams MP
W
D
L
GF GA Pts
Germany 3 2
0
1
5
1
6
Ghana
3 1 1
1
2 2
4
Australia
3 1 1 1 3 6
4
Serbia
3 1
0
2 2
3
3

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Group C Results: United States got a last minute victory to go from eliminated to group leader, England suffered to be second place

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It was a 0-0 draw between the USA and Algeria, and with that score both teams were eliminated. Knowing this, England and Slovenia were playing the other game with a smile in their face. But Landon Donovan, the most talented American footballer nowadays, netted the winner goal in the very last minute of the game. USA got the tickets for the next stage and reached the top position of Group C.

England started the Cup with two disappointing draws: 1-1 against USA, with the infamous mistake of goalkeeper Robert Green, and 0-0 against Algeria. Despite Rooney, Lampard, Gerard and many other superstars, the European powerhouse didn't show enough quality to reach the final game.

The World will remember this group for the terrible mistake of Robert Green against the American squad, and for the excellent game between the USA and Slovenia. Group C finished like this:

Teams MP W D L GF GA Pts
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 1

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