Group C Wide Open at World Cup

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    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18: Nadir Belhadj and Madjid Bougherra of Algeria challenge Jermain Defoe of England during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and Algeria at Green Point Stadium on June 18, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Algeria held England to a 0-0 draw at the World Cup on Friday, leaving Group C wide open headed into the final game of first-round play. With Wayne Rooney held without a goal for the seventh straight match, England lacked a scoring touch against an opponent fighting to avoid becoming the first nation eliminated from the tournament.

    England hasn't scored since the fourth minute of its opening match against the United States, also a draw. Algeria hasn't scored at all. After Friday's games, Slovenia had four points to lead Group C, while England and the United States both had two. Algeria had one.