A cross from Benny Feilhaber in the 69th minute was met by Edson Buddle, who header from five yards out was headed directly into Rais M’Bolhu, who kept the match even, 0-0.
M’Bolhu immediate sprung Algeria on a counter attack the ended with a Karim Ziani shot from the right of goal, 15 yards out. The Algeria midfielder pulled it wide in the first sign that both teams were ready to open-up play.
Both teams need wins to have a chance to survive. As the Group C matches stand, both the United States and Algeria would be eliminated.