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England, Algeria draw; Serbia wins

June 19, 2010

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England 0, Algeria 0

Cape Town, South Africa — Algeria held England to a draw, leaving Group C wide open headed into the final game of first-round play.

With Wayne Rooney held without a goal for the seventh straight match, England lacked a scoring touch against an opponent fighting to avoid becoming the first nation eliminated from the tournament.

England hasn’t scored since the fourth minute of its opening match against the United States, also a draw. Algeria hasn’t scored at all.

The result was bound to turn up the heat on England, a pre-tournament favorite that already gave the U.S. a 1-1 draw when goalkeeper Robert Green muffed Clint Dempsey’s 25-yard shot in the opener. Now England has to face its inability to beat Algeria, the lowest-ranked team (30th) in the group.

Serbia 1, Germany 0

Port Elizabeth, South Africa — Milan Jovanovic scored one minute after Germany striker Miroslav Klose was ejected, giving Serbia an upset win over the three-time World Cup champions.

In a game with a tournament-high nine yellow cards, Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic stopped Lukas Podolski’s penalty kick for Germany in the 60th minute after Nemanja Vidic got a yellow for a hand ball.

Germany played a man down from the 37th, when Klose was ejected by Spanish referee Alberto Undiano following his second yellow card.

Jovanovic scored a minute later, controlling a header and firing in a side-foot shot from directly in front of goalkeeper Manual Neuer.

The victory gave Serbia its first World Cup win as an independent nation, and both teams now have three points after two games in Group D.

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