World Cup: Team USA Onto The 2nd Round; The Longest Tennis Match EVER

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Landon Donovan of the United States celebrates with teammate Edson Buddle after scoring the winning goal against Algeria. (Getty Images/Getty)

It doesn't get more dramatic than yesterday's World Cup match between the U.S. and Algeria. The stakes? If Team USA won, they would be off to the Cup's second round—but if they tied or lost, America's best hope for soccer glory in decades would be on a plane back home.

Team USA had repeated chances to score, missed open goals, and sent balls bouncing off of the goal post.  Then, just over a minute into injury time, Landon Donovan scored the critical goal that would send Team USA into the next round of the World Cup with a 1-0 win.  They now sit atop their Group C division, tied with England. (Watch Landon Donovan's goal after the jump.)

The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, recaps all of the excitement of yesterday's game. He'll also tell us about yesterday's record-shattering match at Wimbledon between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut of France. In what became the longest match in tennis history, Isner and Mahut faced off for ten hours, resulting in a tied score at 59-59 at the end of the seven-hour-long fifth set. And it's not over yet. The game will resume today after being suspended for darkness.

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