The U.S. held England to a draw in its World Cup Group C opener Saturday, with a stunning blunder by English goalkeeper Robert Green costing his team victory.
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A harmless 25-meter left-footed shot from Clint Dempsey in the 40th minute went straight at Green but the ball bounced off his right glove and over the line to tie the game. "It's one of those that you see and people say, 'How come that never happens to me?''' Dempsey said.
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Team captain Steven Gerrard put England ahead, blowing past Ricardo Clark to beat Tim Howard from short range.
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U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard reacts after clashing with England's Emile Heskey in the 29th minute.
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Oguchi Onyewo (left) played a big role in keeping England off the scoreboard after that first goal.
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Midfielder Jay DeMerit (left) outruns England's Emile Heskey to the ball.
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English defenders, including Wayne Rooney (No. 10), helped keep the Americans' set pieces from paying dividends.
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Jozy Altitdore (right) gave the U.S. a great chance to score, blasting by Jamie Carragher, but his shot in the 64th minute glanced off goalie Robert Green and hit the post.
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The U.S. four-man wedge (from left, (Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Robbie Findley and Jozy Altidore) helped foil this England free kick.
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Oguchi Onyewu (No. 5), recovering from a knee injury, showed his legs were still in pretty good form.
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Constantly marked by the likes of Jay DeMerit (No. 15), Wayne Rooney (No. 10) wasn't much of a factor for England, especially in the early going.
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Tim Howard (No. 1) made several stellar saves for the U.S. in the second half to preserve the draw.
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