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2014 World Cup: Brave Ghana concede late to lose to USA in Group G

Published on: 17 June 2014
Clint Dempsey (L) of the U.S. celebrates after scoring a goal against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Ghana made a losing start to their 2014 World Cup campaign after a 2-1 reverse to old foes USA in Natal on Monday in a Group G clash.

Client Dempsey opened the scoring with an early goal –under a minute- to set the tone for the Yankees’ revenge mission after suffering defeats in the last two meetings.

But Ghana were clearly the better with the chunk of ball possession but that was negated by the score line, a 1-0 deficit.

The Black Stars came to close to snatching the equalizer in the first half when captain Asamoah Gyan drilled a powerful shot just outside the box but it was palmed away by goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Just before the half-time whistle, a nice counter-attack on the right saw Christian Atsu break away and tee up Jordan Ayew inside the box but the Marseille striker mis-kicked from close range.

The Americans lost striker Jozy Altidore on 20 minutes when the Sunderland striker pulled a muscle chasing a ball.

In the second half, USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to make another substitute by replacing injured Matt Besler with John Brooks to grabbed the match winner.

But it was all about the Black Stars in this second stanza with Asamoah Gyan twice coming close but being repelled by either goalkeeper Howard or a deflection.

After prowling for the leveller, it finally came in the 82 minute when a nice back heel pass found Andre Ayew inside the box and the latter fired home with his left foot for the deserved goal.

When Ghana fans thought they were heading for a share of the spoils, USA stunned the 2010 quarter-finalists with a powerful header.

Brooks, who was left unmarked inside the box, connected home the match winner with four minutes to regulation time.

Ghana will next face leaders Germany, who thumped Portugal 4-0 in Salvador,  on Friday in a must-win tie.


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  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 17, 2014 09:18 am
    Kwasia .jonathan mensah paa
  • jeff says:
    June 17, 2014 07:41 am
    And the great southern region celebrates.hahahaha you made our brothers train in a car park?We will surely mistreat ghanians in south africa
  • PITO says:
    June 17, 2014 05:27 am
    I smelled inferiority complex 'Underdog' tactics in our player selection. A.A must put a stop to this. ATSU ahead of Kevin Prince Boateng in a Must win Game? WHY??? when choosing between two GOOD players for WORD CUP or any particular tournament, always consider WORLD CUP (Tournament) EXPERIENCE over the promising new talents. Every coach knows this. WHY PUT KPB on the bench for 60 minutes!!! And rather start ATSU at his first world cup. Is Atsu even on the level of KPB yet??? We suffer to give our players experience and when the time comes for us to REAP we start FRESHERS AGAIN and put the Players we invested in on the bench? Akwasi Appiah, Atsu annd Kevin Boateng, quality wise that is like ITALY benching Ballottelli for 60 minutes!, and saying I am hiding him for sometime. Hahhahaha. Akwasi APPIAH u have inferiority complex. Look how many chances we missed in the first half alone as a result of non-clinical finishers and lack of tournament CONFIDENCE. still Guys let us not criticise akwasi appiah too much because Luck also played a part for the USA. Let us let our players know that we dont expect much from them now against Germany and Portugal. IT'S ALL GOOD.
  • selfmade says:
    June 17, 2014 03:41 am
    I don't know what game pple saw!!! Atsu was Ghana man of the match? maybe u were watching another game!
  • ronaldo says:
    June 17, 2014 04:42 am
    i think Ghana played very well.I don't know why everybody is complaining. Jonathan Mensah was our best defender in the game. He only made one mistake and that was beacause the USA player just forced and pressured him. Opare wasn't bad, he has great speed. The problem was Jordan Ayew starting. I think this starting lineup can do well. just start jordan for kelvin and we would be good. I also feel like we need Agyman Badu and also need to bring Kwadwo back up frot to creat for our forwards. This is just my opinion
  • EZRawlins says:
    June 17, 2014 01:15 am
    It would be amazing if Ghana tied the Germans but I don't see it happening. Sweeping the U.S. and Portugal was the best chance Ghana had of advancing to the second round.
  • Payback says:
    June 17, 2014 01:20 am
    Ghana got a taste of their own medicine. USA played better than Ghana in 2010 and lost 2:1. Today you migt say Ghana played better than USA and lost 2:1. USA decided to defend the lead and didn't want to open up the game. Ghana was poor in their passing and finishing and defending...
  • favouredman says:
    June 17, 2014 01:29 am
  • jerry says:
    June 17, 2014 01:31 am
    now Ghanaians we get what we want now we talk too much AHA Ba this player is old this player is injury prone blah blah now we see what our so called young guys fail us woefully half fit Johnson mensah or Isaac vorsah is far better than john boye and Johnathan mensah we all saw how Clint Dempsey out wash our defenders and score the first goal this has never happened to Ghana before to conceal the fastest goal in the tournament now Ghanaians should access the how our defenders play today and judge for themselves if John mensah or Isaac vorsah was in our defense today do we think Clint Dempsey can beat mensah or vorsah and score that goal they were not organize and inexperience as well look at what boye and Johnathan mensah did today did we think we can used dis defenders to defeat Germany no way we are out of the competition lets be honest there is no way we can qualify frm this group with the kind of play if we did not take care dis tournament will be our worse performance we will put as for our coach the least said about him the better i dont know the kind of formation or strategic he was using he should put his house in order else he will gonna witness some shock and to our FA president kwasi nyantakyi they have give the black star to Kwasi Appiah right they should allow him take some coaching and get more experience before he can be giving this job but lets see his performance now hmmmm ASEM BE BA DABI
  • EZRawlins says:
    June 18, 2014 11:16 am
    Ugh. Ghana's loss means I'm forced to hear the US team described as 'heroes' all week until the match with Portugal. 'Heroes' - simply because they beat a team that had previously beaten them. Only the first match of the WC and the US media is already proclaiming these dudes as 'heroes.' Good grief... Looking forward to the match with Germany. If Ghana can beat or tie Germany and Portugal beats the US, then Ghana will still control its fate - beat Portugal and they're in because we can certainly rely on the Germans to beat the US (especially if the US lacks Jozy and Dempsey is compromised). The US plays decent defense but they lack the offensive firepower and imagination to contest Germany. However, Ghana CAN offer Germany a good game IF Ghana fields its best players and everyone sacrifices personal glory for team glory.
  • Easy says:
    June 17, 2014 12:01 pm
    Blame de fucking coach , first mistake line up , second mistake his substitute , 3rd mistake his tactics are very poor, I think he doesn't know how to used the players ,he's not a good coach , my opinion he should be sack ,
  • The next thing says:
    June 17, 2014 12:58 am
    Some people have already given up hope we are a side that will never give up let them learn from there mistakes and and take the pionts off of to major teams.
  • Soccer Pundit says:
    June 17, 2014 01:01 am
    I said before the game that it was going to be won by the team with the best defensive setup and that's exactly what happened. I think it would have been easier to swallow this defeat knowing we played our best team and lost instead of clueless and useless Appiah experimenting with players like Jordan or playing Kwadwo in defense when we needed his skills upfront. I would have said our world cup is over, but I believe in our boys. Hopefully Appiah would come off of the weed he's smoking and play our strongest team against the Germans. Against the Germans, we can play a 4-2-3-1 system with the following players: Dauda, Inkoom, Sumaila, Boye, Afful, Essien, Muntari, Dede, Kwadwo, Prince, and Gyan!
  • Edmund says:
    June 17, 2014 12:41 am
    Ghana is out and is as simple as that.
  • jojo says:
    June 17, 2014 04:04 pm
    its good that ghana lost to usa.dont think we are still happy with what youn did to us. remember you didnt qualify on merit and you are not receiving any support us.
  • jojo says:
    June 17, 2014 04:05 pm
    congrats usa.
  • jojo says:
    June 17, 2014 04:08 pm
    you will continue losing because you cant be germany and portugal.
  • EZRawlins says:
    June 17, 2014 12:39 am
    (Sigh). Can't believe Ghana lost this game. So many attacks, so much time of possession...good grief. The team should study - if not adopt -Germany's method of attack that utilizes selfless, precise, passing and high-probability shots instead of selfish 'look at me' 25-ft attempts that have little chance of success. Felt the Black Stars also didn't get the benefit of the doubt on fouls. They definitely should've had more refer kicks; some of the U.S. Fouls wee egregious. Still, I think Ghana controlled their fate and thus I place the blame of this loss solely on their shoulders. Since Ghana, Portugal and the U.S. are playing for second place - NO ONE is beating Germany - Ghana's chances are quite dim. Wish their next game was against Portugal since Portugal may be vulnerable after today's thrashing and may not have their heads and hearts in the game. If the U.S. beats Portugal then they will undoubtedly advance.
  • EZRawlins says:
    June 17, 2014 12:42 am
    I agree. Not sure why he didn't start the game. Ghana must table the b.s. and play their best players - period.
  • kofi says:
    June 17, 2014 12:43 am
    The loss is all Akwasi appiahs. Should be fired for wrong selection and placing Asamoah at the back.. Slow start to the game cost us. Apart from that the boys played well. Jordan might just not be there yet. There's no way we should have lost this game. Atsu impressed, didnt see much of Dede until the goal. Muntari was Boss. In short players were ok. The only problem is the coach. AA OUT!!!!
  • maubs says:
    June 17, 2014 12:45 am
    well said. think opare and boye were too tentative at the start. tell me what ever happened that blackman fear to put in a tackle? we conceeded a goal 5 mins into the game against holland and then we do it again at this level. whats going on here?appiah dont be like some others pls respond to events as they unfold and not wait and wait.
  • EZRawlins says:
    June 17, 2014 12:45 am
    (Sigh). Yep...
  • Paapa1 says:
    June 17, 2014 12:47 am
    @sharky u are not serious, are you saying that pb and Essien played better than Jordan and astu? Look astu was man of the the match he created all the chance for Ghana, our coch is so stupid, why did he bring Essien in the game, where was A aqua? And A badu we needed to put more pressure on them but he brought in Essien to slow up the game, K appiah did a fantastic change by bringing up pb for Jordan cos needed someone to shot but unfortunately all his shooting was poor..... But k appiah have to learn from this guy..... Good job go ghana
  • awass says:
    June 17, 2014 12:30 am
    Kwesi appiah was technically inept.bad player selection
  • Playned says:
    June 17, 2014 12:30 am
    Black Stars today you made a whole nation weep..I hope for a miracle to happen but this miracles will stop one day So they better fix themselves cos this is Naansens..
  • sharky says:
    June 17, 2014 12:23 am
    Ghana likes doing trial and error too much. Instead of starting strong by fielding top class experience players, all do is trial and error. Jordan scored a hatrick against Korea and so what? Waris is the real talisman. Rabui starting was a big mistake. Essien and Kevin should have started period! John boye was too slow and lackadaisical for my liking. Too many passing errors from opare. Kwadwo Asamoah should have maintained his attacking position.Atsu was ghana's man of the match.
  • Canadian says:
    June 17, 2014 12:24 am
    If we had started KPB instead of Jordan or Atsu, that game would have been ours. Ghana was clearly the better team but our defense let us down. We are out of the WC I fear, unless we manage a miracle against Germany. Better start praying now.
  • PeeWee says:
    June 17, 2014 12:27 am
    Brave you mean, are you kidding me? This team has no tactical plan. I said after the Holland friendly that this team can't go far at this world cup.