For the first time since 1930, the U.S. won its group at a World Cup, doing so on the strength of a 1-0 victory over Algeria in extra time. Here are some shots from that game.
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Defender Antar Yahia (left) was part of an aggressive but reckless Algerian squad that earned four bookings in the match. Yahia was sent off in extra time after earning his second yellow card of the match.
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Algeria goalie Rais M'Bolhi, seen here making a leaping play on a ball intended for Herculez Gomez, was brilliant in net all day, stopping nine shots.
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The U.S. kept M'Bolhi on his toes throughout the match, controlling the attack. It had 23 touches in Algeria's box, leading to 22 shots and 10 on goal.
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Knowing his squad needed a goal to advance to the round of 16, U.S. coach Bob Bradley subbed in Edson Buddle (14) for the late-match push.
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As M'Bolhi looked on, Algeria's Rafik Halliche cleared the ball near his team's goal after a late U.S. threat.
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The two squads were aggressive on challenges throughout the match, leading to 32 fouls in the contest.
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Michael Bradley was a catalyst in the midfield all day for the U.S., slicing through the Algerian defense, he created multiple scoring chances.
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Seen here attempting a challenge on the ball, Jozy Altidore almost had a miss that would have haunted him for the next four years. He teed up a point-blank shot in the 36th minute with nothing but net in front of him, but smacked it over the crossbar.
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Algeria's Hassan Yebda was booked for a yellow card after a tackle on Altidore. Yebda committed five fouls in the match.
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Clint Dempsey's apparent goal in the 20th minute was waived off because of an offside violation. Video replays appeared to contradict the on-field verdict, making the call the second in as many matches that has cost the U.S. a goal.
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After a mad scramble in front of the net that sent Dempsey sprawling over the ball and into the net, Donovan found it right on the doorstep.
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With nothing but net in front of him, Donovan scored his 44th career international goal, the most in U.S. history. "You can't miss from there," he said after the match.
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After the goal, the run to the corner of the field was on. Meanwhile, Algerian defenders Antar Yahia and Madjid Bougherra could only look on, deflated.
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Donovan's teammates piled on top of him in the corner of the field, sensing that the United States would be moving on to the knockout round for the first time since 2002.
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At the end of the match, goalkeeper Tim Howard could revel in the moment while Donovan kept celebrating. Howard made four saves and posted the U.S.' first shutout in 13 international matches.
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Donovan displayed a wide variety of emotions following the match, from pumping his fist here on the field to choking up in postgame interviews. "This team embodies what the American spirit is about," he said.
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