Monday, 16th June
Ghana vs USA in Natal.
Ghana and USA are making a habit of meeting each other in the
World Cup Finals; with Ghana claiming victory at South
Africa 2010 and Germany 2006.
The Nuremberg, Group E win (2:1) meant that Ghana advanced to the last
the two teams competed in a Second Round match. Another (2:1) victory, this time after
extra-time, meant that Ghana become the third African team to reach a World Cup
Most of the pictures coming out of Natal before the match were the
result of nature; homes ruined by torrential rains.
USA made their statement of intent in the first minute; as Clint Dempsey scored the
fastest goal of the tournament, to put the Americans in the driving seat
Ghana never looked likely to repeat their previous victories over USA at the World Cup
Finals until Andre Ayew gave them a slimmer of hope in the 82nd minute.
Ghana's hope of securing at least a point from the game were dashed, just two minutes
later, when John Anthony Brooks headed Graham Zusi's cross past Adam Kwarasey.
A win for USA against Portugal on Sunday would see the United States
qualify for the knockout stage and Portugal book their flight tickets home.
Final Score: Ghana 1 - USA 2
0:1 - Clint Dempsey (1 min)
1:1 - Andre Ayew (82 mins)
1:2 - John Anthony Brooks (84 mins)
12-Adam Kwarasey; 4-Daniel Opare, 19-Jonathan Mensah, 21-John Boye, 20-Kwadwo Asamoah;
7-Christian Atsu, 17-Mohammed Rabiu, 11-Sulley Muntari, 10-Andre Ayew; 13-Jordan Ayew, 3-
1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley;
11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 15-Kyle Beckerman; 8-Clint
Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson - Sweden
2 yellow cards:
30 mins - Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana)
90+2 mins - Sulley Muntari (Ghana)
Germany vs Portugal
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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