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Saturday, 26th June 2010
Clinical Finishing Seals Quarter-Final Spot For Africa

Second Round Match

USA vs Ghana
in Rustenburg

Ghana are Africa's last remaining team in the 2010 World Cup and hope to become the third African team to reach the quarter-finals; following in the football boots of Cameroon (Italy 1990) and Senegal (Korea-Japan 2002).

Inside five minutes, Ghana forced Team USA to try and come from behind again.

Ricardo Clark lost the ball around the halfway line allowing Kevin-Prince Boateng to take the ball and run the length of the pitch; eventually shooting the ball low, between a late-diving Tim Howard and his right post.

Ricardo Clark then picked up a yellow card for a hot-headed challenge; clearly frustrated for giving the goal away.

Another yellow card ten minutes later, this time for Steve Cherundolo on the edge of the US area, and Tim Howard redeemed himself by saving the Asamoah Gyan free-kick.

The volume of the vuvuzelas increased in the thirty-fifth minute, in appreciation of Richard Kingson's left-foot save from Robbie Findley.

Two minutes later and it was Tim Howard's turn to save from a fast approaching Kwadwo Asamoah.

Half-time: 0:1

Half-time substitute, Benny Feilhaber, was into the Ghanaian penalty area early; forcing Richard Kingson into a left-hand and foot combination save.

Team USA started the second-half brightly, picking holes in the Ghana defence on a number of occasions; but the United States lacked the final player to connect, or were denied by the ever alert Richard Kingson.

Just after the hour, United States were back in the game, after Jonathan Mensah fouled Clint Dempsey in the penalty area. Landon Donovan sent Kingson the wrong way but looked stunned for a second; when the ball hit the post, then the back of the net.

A minute after Asamoah Gyan tried to aim a glancing header into the USA top corner, the Americans looked composed going forward, smartly releasing Michael Bradley behind the Ghana back line. The bosses so probably shot too early and Kingson held the ball on the ground comfortably.

Jozy Altidore had a great chance to put the United States in front, with ten minutes to go; but, in stretching to beat the pursuing Mensah, scuffed the turf and skewed his shot.

Teams would normally be dragging out time with substitutions at such a late stage of the game, but with extra-time looming both managers still hard one option available to them.

Ghana had a chance to score with the last corner of the game but fluffed it and both teams would have another thirty minutes to try and get a result.

Into Extra Time.

Bob Bradley made his final substitution at the start of extra-time; looking for fresh legs up front, Herculez Gomez on for Jozy Altidore.

But it was a long ball upfield by Andre Ayew that brought the breakthrough; Asamoah Gyan sprinting shoulder to shoulder with Carlos Bocanegra. Bocanegra tried to nudge Gyan of the ball; the Ghanaian stumbled slightly but ploughed on, to fire over Tim Howard before Jay DeMerit could get back to help.

It had been pleasing to see two teams play the game of football like men; not rolling around and trying to con the referee - until the second period of extra-time.

Hungary's Viktor Kassai has also played his part in deciding what has been fair challenges. Maybe the call on Andre Ayew for clipping heels was a close one.

It's all about nerves in the last ten minutes of extra-time, and some were starting to fray. The United States continued to push; there were still seconds on the clock and even Tim Howard came up to put himself about.

At the end of a great evening in Rustenburg, Ghana become the third African team to reach the quarter-finals and perhaps England can think themselves lucky that they didn't top the group and have to play them.

Final Score:
USA 1 Ghana 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Kevin-Prince Boateng (5 mins)
1:1 Landon Donovan (61 mins) - penalty.
1:2 Asamoah Gyan (93 mins)

Man of The Match:
Asamoah Gyan -

Teams

Travel to USA USA:
1 Tim Howard; 12 Jonathan Bornstein, 3 Carlos Bocanegra, 15 Jay DeMerit, 6 Steve Cherundolo; 10 Landon Donovan, 13 Ricardo Clark, 4 Michael Bradley, 8 Clint Dempsey; 20 Robbie Findley, 17 Jozy Altidore.

Travel to Ghana Ghana:
22 Richard Kingson; 2 Hans Sarpei, 5 John Mensah, 8 Jonathan Mensah, 4 John Pantsil; 13 Andre Ayew, 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng, 6 Anthony Annan, 7 Samuel Inkoom; 3 Asamoah Gyan, 21 Kwadwo Asamoah.

Referee:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Substitutions Substitutions:
31 Mins (USA) - 19 Maurice Edu on for 13 Ricardo Clark
46 Mins (USA) - 22 Benny Feilhaber on for 20 Robbie Findley
73 Mins (Ghana) - 19 Lee Addy on for 2 Hans Sarpei
78 Mins (Ghana) - 10 Stephen Appiah on for 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng
91 Mins (USA) - 9 Herculez Gomez on for 17 Jozy Altidore
113 Mins (Ghana) - 11 Sulley Muntari on for 7 Samuel Inkoom

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
7 Mins - Ricardo Clark (USA)
17 Mins - Steve Cherundolo (USA)
61 Mins - Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) - misses next game.
68 Mins - Carlos Bocanegra (USA)
90 Mins - Andre Ayew (Ghana) - misses next game.

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
In the group stage of Germany 2006, Ghana beat USA (2:1).

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Second Round

Game 1
Uruguay vs South Korea
Port Elizabeth

Game 2
Argentina vs Mexico
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game 3
USA vs Ghana
Rustenburg

Game 4
Germany vs England
Bloemfontein

Game 5
Holland vs Slovakia
Durban

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Paraguay vs Japan
Pretoria

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Brazil vs Chile
Jo'burg Ellis Park

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Spain vs Portugal
Cape Town

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