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Donovan’s strike keeps United States alive

sports Updated: Jun 24, 2010 03:16 IST
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Landon Donovan scored a goal seconds into stoppage time on Wednesday to give the United States a dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria, and hand the Americans a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

The victory gave the Americans top spot in Group C, finishing on five points like England but the US edged them on goals scored.

Donovan, who matched a US record with his 11th World Cup appearance, set up the decisive move with a long pass to Jozy Altidore, who raced into the penalty area only for his shot to be blocked by Algerian goalkeeper Rasis Bolhi. Donovan, following up, blasted home the rebound for his fourth World Cup goal, equalling another US mark.

"I've been on a long journey these last four years and today I am so stoked and proud," said Donovan.
The Americans were minutes from crashing out as a draw with the Desert Foxes would not have been enough to move ahead of Slovenia.

At the final whistle, the Americans began jumping for joy, Donovan kicking the ball into the stands. He said his
dramatic injury time winning goal for the United States made him "believe in good in the world".