Jermain Defoe’s goal put much-improved England into the World Cup’s round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Recalled to the starting lineup, Defoe knocked in a cross from James Milner in the 23rd minute to give England five points from its three Group C games. Slovenia finished with four points.
England will play Germany, the winner of Group D, on Sunday.
“This team, this spirit, played together and tried together,” England coach Fabio Capello said. “I am really happy because I found the team I know. We now go forward. We can play against all the teams because the mind is now free.”
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Tri-City Herald
Germany 1, Ghana 0: Mesut Oezil scored on a left-footed blast from outside the area to give Germany the Group D title in Johannesburg.
Ghana also advanced to the round of 16.
Australia 2, Serbia 1: Tim Cahill and Brett Holman scored second-half goals for Australia in Nelspruit, but neither team advanced to the second round.
Marko Pantelic scored for Serbia.
DREW’S GOT JOKES
Seattle Sounders part-owner Drew Carey, addressing a crowd of 700 Americans at a barbecue at the U.S. embassy, said he thinks referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali has vision problems.
Coulibaly controversially called off what would’ve been the winning goal in the United States’ 2-2 draw with Slovenia last week.
“He’ll be flying home to meet his guide dog and everything is going to be fine,” Carey said.
Algeria striker Rafik Saifi was involved in an altercation with a journalist after his team was eliminated from the World Cup. … FIFA will not take action against Spain striker David Villa after he raised his hand to the face of a Honduras player during the teams’ World Cup match Monday. … Mexican federal police have arrested a suspect in the Jan. 25 shooting of Paraguay’s star striker Salvador Cabanas. Cabanas survived the gunshot wound to the head and likely would’ve started in the World Cup. … Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis will glow a bright red, white and blue in support of the U.S. team. The home will be illuminated in the lights beginning tonight. … FIFA put 5,000 tickets for two World Cup second-round matches back on sale after South Africa and France were eliminated.