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Second U.S. game always serves up thrills
by Paul Kennedy, June 21st, 2014 4:37PM
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[VIDEO PICK: World Cup] The U.S. record in its second group game at the World Cup is three wins, two losses and three ties in eight matches. But that doesn't begin to describe the drama that the USA's second group games have always produced. We've got highlights from all but the first game with all the heroes and villains.

1930: 3-0 win over Paraguay. Bert Patenaude scored first hat trick in World Cup history.

1950: 1-0 win over England. The Belo Horizonte fans carried Joe Gaetjens off the field (below) after a result so shocking the British media thought the score was a typo. 10-1 for England?



1990: 1-0 loss to Italy. To paraphrase U.S. coach Bob Gansler, Peter Vermes would have scored the equalizer if Walter Zenga's butt was smaller. "Incredibile," said the Italian announcer.



1994: 2-1 win over Colombia. There's been no better pass in U.S. World Cup history than Tab Ramos' through ball to Earnie Stewart to set up the second goal.



1998: 2-1 loss to Iran. Forgotten are the three U.S. shots off the woodwork in the first 33 minutes. "It was like the post had a magnet on it," said Brian McBride.



2002: 1-1 tie with South Korea. Everyone remembers the goal by Clint Mathis (@2:43), but the USA would not have earned the point it needed to advance if Brad Friedel had not saved Lee Eul-Yong's penalty kick (@4:00).



2006: 1-1 tie with Italy. The USA finished with nine men after red cards to Pablo Mastroeni in the 45th minute and Eddie Pope in the 47th (beginning @3:15).



2010: 2-2 tie with Slovenia. Koman Coulibaly's name will live in infamy among U.S. fans. Four years later, Maurice Edu still doesn't know why the Malian referee disallowed his goal against Slovenia that would have given the USA a 3-2 win after being down 2-0. Fox News (below) called it "the great train robbery."



Note: The USA was eliminated in the first round of the 1934, losing 7-1 to Italy in what was then a strictly knockout competition.


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