It was a significant day for statistical milestones with Germany's defeat combined with a rare penalty miss, plus England's scoreless stalemate key among them. FIFA.com also reviews a historical day for Landon Donovan and Milan Jovanovic, plus Michael Bradley and his father Bob.
minutes were showing on the clock when Michael Bradley scored to make it 2-2 for USA. It is the first FIFA World Cup™ goal to be scored by a player for a team coached by his father.
minutes had elapsed in Port Elizabeth when Milan Jovanovic scored what was to prove the only goal of the game against Germany. In six previous head-to-heads (including matches against Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro) Serbia had only managed to take the lead on one occasion against these opponents. Today's game was the first in eight meetings between the countries that Germany had come off second best.
years is how far you have to turn back the clock for the last time Germany missed a penalty in open play at a FIFA World Cup, Uli Hoeness failing to convert against Poland in a second-round game at the 1974 tournament. Including penalty shoot-outs there has been only one German failure in all that time before today, Uli Stielike missing against France in the 1982 semi-final shoot-out (Germany won 5-4). Five German players did convert that night and four each (out of four) in their other shoot-outs in 1986, 1990 and 2006.
games proved unlucky for Germany as they met defeat for the first time in a FIFA World Cup group fixture since 13 June 1986. On that occasion, Jesper Olsen (penalty) and John Eriksen scored in a 2-0 win for Denmark in the Mexico tournament. Before today's defeat by Serbia, Germany had won 12 group games and drawn four and in four successive tournaments (1990-2002 inclusive) their group record was identical: W2 D1.
games involving England have ended 0-0 – the most of any team in FIFA World Cup history.
games for Algeria have yielded just a single clean sheet.
goals have been scored in Group C which is by no means the lowest total – admittedly there have been two more games played in the group than in five of the eight groups – but historically England's presence in the section suggests that every other group will register a higher number in the "goals for" column at the completion of the first phase. In their last five participations England have always been in the lowest-scoring group of four teams with this section total: 1986 (9), 1990 (7), 1998 (11), 2002 (9) and 2006 (10).
German players have been sent off in FIFA World Cups. Like Miroslav Klose, who was dismissed in the 37th minute of the game with Serbia, four of the seven red cards came in the first half.
goalscorers for USA have hit the target in more than one FIFA World Cup competition. Landon Donovan's goal in the 2-2 draw with Slovenia put him alongside Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey – the latter having achieved the feat with his goal in the 1-1 draw with England last Saturday.
teams from the CONCACAF zone have come from two goals down to draw 2-2. Before USA rescued today's game against Slovenia, Mexico had recovered against Belgium in 1998 to draw 2-2 with Cuauhtemoc Blanco – who scored Mexico's second goal in their 2-0 win over France on Thursday – grabbing the equalising goal in Bordeaux 12 years ago.