The controversy of the Edu's last attempt will be reviewed for time to come
The U.S. rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Slovenia today in World Cup soccer, and would have won if not for a controversial ruling by Koman Coulibaly, who disallowed a goal by Maurice Edu in the 86th minute.
Edu poked the ball in from close range off a free kick by Landon Donvoan, setting off an American celebration. But Coulibaly had blown his whistle. It was unclear at the time what Coulibaly had called.
According to the play-by-play at FIFA’s Web site, a foul was called on Edu. The Washington Post’s soccer expert, Steven Goff, writes that the call will be “reviewed and scrutinized for a long time,” but in the moment, it enough to make Twitter crash.
Valter Birsa and Zlatan Ljubijankic of Slovenia scored in the first half. Donovan scored in the 48th minute and Michael Bradley scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute.
The result puts Slovenia on top of Group C with four points, and the United States with two. The U.S. will need to defeat Algeria in its Group C finale on Wednesday to have a chance to move to the next round.
Here’s a video of Maurice Edu’s last goal:
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