Former Bristol City fans' favourite Albert Adomah realised his dream of playing at a World Cup finals in Brazil on Monday night.
He came on as a substitute in the Group G opener between Ghana and the United States in the Estadio das Dunas in Natal with with 13 minutes to go
Adomah was on the pitch when Andre Ayew equalised for the Black Stars in the 81st minute and the Londoner joined in raucous African celebrations.
But his night ended in heartache as John Brooks headed in from a corner to snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory for the United States with just four minutes remaining.
Left on the bench for the opening game, Londoner Adomah, who joined City from Barnet in 2010 and left to join Middlesbrough last August, will hope to start when the Black Stars take on group favourites Germany in their next fixture on Saturday.
US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was proud of the determination his side showed in their late win.
He said: "This is definitely the start that you want," Klinsmann said. "They worked hard for it and it is just a good feeling to have the first three points.
"All over the field it was a very dynamic game, a game where chances were created on both sides.
"But I always saw opportunities coming as we played quickly in transition. Obviously when a set piece comes like a corner kick we have more hope because we are good at that.
"We train for those things and have determined players that go in for those balls.
"I think it a big moment for John Anthony Brooks coming into this game at half-time. It is a special moment for the boy. He did well."