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Green gifts US equalizer against England

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England's Steven Gerrard, center back, celebrates with England's James Milner, center front, England's Wayne Rooney, right, and England's Emile Heskey, left, after scoring the opening goal. England's Steven Gerrard, center back, celebrates with England's James Milner, center front, England's Wayne Rooney, right, and England's Emile Heskey, left, after scoring the opening goal.
England goalkeeper Robert Green reacts after United States' Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the World Cup.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) England goalkeeper Robert Green reacts after United States' Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the World Cup. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — England goalkeeper Robert Green spilled Clint Dempsey's shot into his own goal to leave the World Cup game with the United States level at 1-1 at halftime.

Steven Gerrard had put England ahead after four minutes by flicking the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard in their Group C opener on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Jozy Altidore squandered a chance to level in the 19th when he made a poor connection with his head after rising above Ledley King to meet Landon Donovan's cross.

But Dempsey was gifted an equalizer in the 40th when Green failed to get his body behind the power low shot from the edge of the area slipped through Green's hands.

England's James Milner was replaced in the 30th by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Steven Gerrard has given England a 1-0 lead over the United States at the World Cup.

The England captain flicked the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fourth minute of the Group C opener on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, a score that stood after 15 minutes.

Glen Johnson picked out Frank Lampard with a throw in and the ball found its way to Emile Heskey on the edge of the area.

The Aston Villa striker knocked it through to Gerrard, who had darted into the penalty area and went around Ricardo Clark before beating Howard.

A free kick from Lampard was deflected wide by Landon Donovan.

U.S. vice president Joe Biden visited the Americans' dressing room an hour before kickoff.

 

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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