USA finally defeated the Ghana 2-1 when it was only 5 minutes remaining. Clint Dempsey scored at the first minute, and the substitute John Brooks helped avenge their 2010 exit to Ghana.
The hard-fought win leaves Jurgen Klinsmann’s side second to Germany only on goal difference in Group G, while Ghana are left alongside Portugal without a point to their name.
Dempsey’s 29 seconds goal was the fifth-fastest in the history of the FIFA World Cup. A beautifully crafted strike it was too, with Dempsey linking with Jermaine Jones on the left, jinking past John Boye and crashing an unstoppable left-shot in off the far post.
Fallen behind so fast, Ghana struggled to establish a rhythm, and it took until late in the first half for Time Howard to be seriously tested. The black stars were steadily growing into the match, though, and Jordan Ayew wasted a great opportunity in first-half injury time, scuffing a right foot shot into the ground after finding himself unmarked 16 yards from goal. Chances continued to come the African’s way in the second half.
USA were being pegged back at this stage. Ghana remained the most dangerous attacking side. But the willpower of USA won.
USA will face Portugal on June 22, see what could happen then. Will USA willpower still play a role? (
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