USA 2-1 Ghana: Former Fulham star helps Americans to win

Ghana 1 - 2 USA

  • 1" Clint Dempsey
  • 82" André Ayew
  • 86" John Anthony Brooks

Ref: Jonas Eriksson
Attendance: 39,760

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Former Fulham man Clint Dempsey executed a fine finish to help earn USA a surprise win against Ghana.

USA’s World Cup campaign couldn’t have got off to a better start as they registered a 2-1 win over Group G rivals Ghana.

With Germany and Portugal in the remaining two games and the latter showing an awful performance earlier today, it gives the USA the right to dare to dream.

It took only 30 seconds for Clint Dempsey to score, this became the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history. Admirably skipping past two defenders using neat trickery, Dempsey used his left foot to smash it hard and low across goal.

Ghana spent the rest of the match dominating largely for periods and went close many times. Tim Howard played a superb role in keeping his side in the game by making vital saves.

It looked like it was never going to go Ghana’s way until they dramatically equalised in the 82nd minute through Andre Ayew.

The momentum was all with Ghana and it looked like it would either be a heroic comeback or a well-fought draw. This was until only four minutes later when John Brooks headed in from a corner to send USA fans into delirium.

Statistics

Ghana

USA

Possession

61.7%
38.3%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Ghana

  • Adam Larsen Kwarasey
  • Kwadwo Asamoah
  • Jonathan Mensah
  • John Boye
  • Daniel Opare
  • Christian Atsu
  • André Ayew
  • Jordan Ayew
  • Mohammed Rabiu
  • Sulley Ali Muntari
  • Asamoah Gyan

Substitutes

  • Albert Adomah
  • Emmanuel Badu
  • Mubarak Wakaso
  • Samuel Inkoom
  • Michael Essien
  • Majeed Waris
  • Fatau Dauda
  • Stephen Adams
  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
  • Rashid Sumaila
  • Afriyie Acquah
  • Harrison Afful

USA

  • Tim Howard
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Fabian Johnson
  • Matt Besler
  • DaMarcus Beasley
  • Kyle Beckerman
  • Jermaine Jones
  • Alejandro Bedoya
  • Michael Bradley
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Clint Dempsey

Substitutes

  • Aron Jóhannsson
  • John Anthony Brooks
  • DeAndre Yedlin
  • Julian Green
  • Mix Diskerud
  • Brad Davis
  • Chris Wondolowski
  • Nick Rimando
  • Omar González
  • Brad Guzan
  • Timothy Chandler
  • Graham Zusi

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