Sweet Revenge for USA
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It was a winning start for the USA who played Ghana at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal and came out 2-1 victors on the night. It was sweet revenge for them after losing to Ghana in two previous Wold Cups.
The USA started frenetically and scored as early as the first minute of the game when Clint Dempsey tapped in from close range. The Ghana defence seemed to be caught napping and the slow start was to be costly for them.
Ghana – who started with both Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng on the bench – fielded the youngest team yet at this year’s World Cup and the lack of experience was evident as they struggled to make use of their opportunities in front of goal.
Despite being faster and stronger than the Americans, Ghana were unable to stay composed on attack and the experienced US defence did well to sit back and soak up the pressure throughout the game.
They did eventually find an equalizer late in the second half when Andre Ayew scored after linking up nicely with Assamoah Gyan. But it didn’t stay that way for long as the USA regained their lead just four minutes later – John Brooks scoring a header from a corner in the 86th minute.
The introduction of Boateng and Essien in the second half wasn’t enough to spur Ghana, and the USA held out well for their win. It takes them to second in Group G and leaves Ghana with the mountainous challenge of having to beat both Germany and Portugal to qualify for the next round.
By Farren Collins
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