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2014 World Cup Ghana 1-2 USA - Player Ratings: Who scored higher marks in Ghana's group opener

Published on: 17 June 2014
Michael Essien coming in for Rabiu Mohammed

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Ghana's World Cup campaign finally underway with a lacklustre 2-1 defeat against old foes United States in their Group G opening game on Monday night in Natal. 

Andre Ayew handed Ghana lifeline deep into the second-half by levelling the scoring but 21-year-old John Brooks stole the winner for the Americans in what will be a sweet memorable revenge.'s Akyereko Frimpong Manson rates the performance of Kwesi Appiah's men.


Daniel Opare

GHANA's Best Man

Christian Atsu

Adam Kwarasey (GOALKEEPER) 5.5 /10

Had no solutions to any of the two balls that went into his net. The Stromsgodset man was kept less busy apart from some few impressive saves. FACT - Kwarasey has conceded at least a goal in every game that he has played for the Black Stars.

Daniel Opare (RIGHT-BACK) 3.5/10

Ghana's worst man on the night. The FC Porto new signing was simply dead. His passes and crosses from the right flank was uselessly costly for Ghana. This might be his last game of the tournament. His man-marking was horribly poor. Jermaine Jones got the better of him to allow Dempsey score the opener.

Jonathan Mensah  (CENTRE-BACK) 4.5/10

In a porous defence that generally contributed to Ghana's defeat, the Evian TG man cannot be single out for better performance. His lack of sturdiness resulted in that corner which the Americans scored from.

John Boye (CENTRE-BACK)  4/10

Another worst performance from John Boye. Both of USA's goals came through his side. He allowed Clint Dempsey to fool him with a body swerve in scoring the first goal before failing to mark John Brooks in the second goal. He also showed he lacks the pace and strength for a World Cup game.

Kwadwo Asamoah  (LEFT-BACK) 6/10

The Juventus man at least did enough to demonstrate world class quality on the pitch. Kwesi Appiah's decision to limit him to the left-back role costed Ghana diamonds. It was pretty obvious what the West Africans missed when a moment inspired by his brilliance saw Andre Ayew scored for Ghana.

Rabiu Mohammed (MIDFIELD) 5/10

Slow and dull. Rabiu looked like he fear to surge forward and left a lot to be desired for the entire period he lasted on the pitch.

Christian Atsu (FORWARD) 6.5/10

Ghana's best player on the night. You might have problems with his final balls but his ability and fearlessness to take on the American defence came good for Ghana as he served them a constant problem.

Sulley Muntari (MIDFIELD) 5.5/10

The AC Milan midfielder showed class in midfield and tried two trademark long drives but unluckily none of them went in. Lost his cool and got booked. He looked a little above average.

Jordan Ayew (FORWARD) 4/10

Jordan Ayew appeared more interested in showing his underwear than attending to his duties in attack. He failed to live up to expectations with a singular heartbreaking bad finishing.

Asamoah Gyan (FORWARD) 5.5/10

Gyan got close more than a couple of times. Had two glanced headers parried by Tim Howard -  the American keeper. His sumptuous backheel found Andre Ayew which the Marseille man curled home with glee.

Andre Ayew (FORWARD) 6/10

The basic problem identified in the Ghana team affected Andre Ayew too. The obvious lack of proper arrangement of players and system affected his style of play. Until Kevin Boateng's introduction, the influential winger was dead. Scored Ghana's goal in the 82nd minute.


Kevin-Prince Boateng (MIDFIELD) 5/10

The Schalke 04 brought something new to the game. Brilliance and vision which created more chances for Ghana and inspired them to go forward. Had two horrible shots off target.

Michael Essien (MIDFIELD) 5/10

Replaced Rabiu Mohammed and had a goal-bound header blocked! On a whole, he helped drive the team forward.

Albert Adomah (FORWARD) 4.5/10

Not much was seen of the Middlesbrough man who replaced the impressive Christian Atsu.


This article has 42 comment(s), give your comment
  • kk says:
    June 17, 2014 09:42 am
  • evans says:
    June 17, 2014 08:06 am
    Left isolated by his defence for Dempsey's opener but was hardly troubled until the very end as Brooks nodded in the winner. D. Opare4D. Opare Got forward very well on countless occasions but his delivery let him down too often and he spurned plenty of good positions. J. Mensah19J. Mensah Had very little to do as the USA didn't threaten too often. Had a couple of forays forward but couldn't make an impact as Ghana laboured to find a leveller. J. Boye21J. Boye Very sloppy as Dempsey marched in to score the opener and was a liability throughout. Luckily for him, there wasn't too much defending to do. K. Asamoah20K. Asamoah Caught out by Bedoya and Johnson on many occasions as the USA broke forward, and rarely offered much at the other end as Ghana focused on the other flank. S. Muntari11S. Muntari Delivery from free kicks and corners was simply woeful. Lucky to escape a booking for a rash challenge on Jones before getting a yellow in the second half. M. Rabiu17M. Rabiu The quietest of Ghana's attacking players, he drifted in and out of proceedings as the Black Stars' pushed forward consistently fizzled out. C. Atsu7C. Atsu Almost levelled terms with a rasping first-time drive which flew wide, but lacked the quality in the final third as he kept trying to shoot when there were other options. A. Ayew10A. Ayew Showed signs of threatening the USA defence but looked pretty quiet for most of the game before popping up late on to smash in the equaliser. A. Gyan3A. Gyan Given slim pickings in the first half but had several chances in the second but failed to convert. Turned provider with a sumptuous backheel to set up Ayew. J. Ayew13J. Ayew One of Ghana's brighter attacking players, but wasted a chance before the break and couldn't get the better of defenders. K. Boateng Given a welcome introduction for Jordan Ayew with half an hour left and added a creative spark up front, but also made some poor decisions in possession. M. Essien5M. Essien Replaced Rabiu inside the final 20 minutes and added some extra passing quality but couldn't have too much of an impact.
  • Nazo says:
    June 17, 2014 08:41 am
    Ghana lacks a coach.That man is not a good tactician, he just has good players even qualifying to the world cup, they had to connive with Sudan so that they eliminate Zambia for they were awarded 3 points which really pained both Ghana and Sudan.Here we are, things are speaking for themselves.In fact, Zambia was a better side in Kumasi and by the way, which team are they going beat?
  • benny says:
    June 17, 2014 08:44 am
    This guy Akyereko needs education about manners.I find him uncivilised. What sort description do you give to Jordan and for Kwaresey, how's the two goals his fault.AA did not play your milking cow Dauda so you are reporting thrash. l don't know if you get paid for what you do.Very incompetent fool.
  • Zargon says:
    June 17, 2014 05:09 am
    They all shd get 0/10 they bloody lost to the USA when they couldn't have won the game easily. AA on the other hand gets -100/10 an idiot like that.
  • PITO says:
    June 17, 2014 05:20 am
    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 surfer 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 03:36 am
    People blaming AA like he was responsible!! How was he responsible? Am yet to see people give clear reasonable reasons than this noises they are making! AA tactical plan was spot on!
  • Cookes says:
    June 17, 2014 03:53 am
    Just want to point out that the two goals were not Kwarasey's fault but were defensive breakdowns. It is also factually incorrect to say that Kwarasey has conceded a goal in every game he's played for Ghana. The 7-0 victory against Lesotho; victories over Malawi both home and away; and the 2-0 victory over Sudan in Sudan all had Kwarasey in goal. The fact is Dauda could not have done any better.
  • alomos says:
    June 17, 2014 04:07 am
    we have been conceding early goals in the friendlies and GFA said there is no cause for alarm there. AA experimented with K.Asa at left back during AFCON 2013- it didn't work. K. Asa actually was more effective pushing up.
  • King of Kings says:
    June 17, 2014 03:28 am
    Please no more Opare in Ghana first team. Coach please we beg you. John boy looks like he has Injury maybe hiding it ,so he play. wtf
  • Franknaros says:
    June 17, 2014 02:04 am
    Thats overly nice of you Lord. This game was a must win if we were going to have any chance of progressing, and losing it knocked us out of the world cup even before the group stage is over. I really believe in possibilities but this one is just too much a long shot if we are being realistic. About Kwarasey, i don't think he could have done anything about both goals so he's not to blame. A keeper can only do as much when he's left in that position the defenders (or should i say Boye) put him in.
  • adi says:
    June 17, 2014 02:07 am
    i dnt really understand this coach the world cup is nt for experiments of players.more so hw can u use two raw defenders to play such game, john boye jonathan mensah and daniel opare were just waste on the field, they cud'nt position themselves well through out the entir duration time of the game.on no grounds u shud allow a striker to run though the defence just at the begining of the game(30sec) its the worst ever per of defenders of history of ghanaian football.opare, john boye and jonathan mesah has no business at the world cup.they need to be drop to make way for others because they have nothing to offer to our blackstars.or we better pack of and live brazil .akwesi appiah back up urself and back up our national team
  • Lazy Bone says:
    June 17, 2014 02:18 am
    **** off Ghanasoccernet OPARE was the danger man on the pitch for Ghana sending all the danger crosses in for the strikers, He was just tired at the end of the game because he runs a lot
  • adwoa says:
    June 17, 2014 02:20 am
    thank you Yaw. you have it totally right. the others are just overcome with emotion. Hope they get over it soon though. I however agree with all who sed kp should have started ahead of Jordan and Harrison shoud have taken kasamoah place and he shoulda played a more forward role. hopin for the best. better teams have fallen to worse teams. this world cup has all to play for. long live Ghana black stars.
  • Johnny says:
    June 17, 2014 02:35 am
    Franknaros, Olele of 2010 would have blocked that. Adams has sharp reflexes and very good bocking with his feet. Anyway, Appiah has no busness coaching, period! What kind of cluelessness is that?
  • Lazy bone says:
    June 17, 2014 02:43 am
    OPARE was really good on the wings with his deadly crosses just that he got tired at the end because he was running the entire game.
  • Johnny says:
    June 17, 2014 02:47 am
    WOW, Franknaros!! You should replace Akwasi Appiah! I can't believe someone said Appiah did nothing wrong! Alas, Appiah did everything wrong! He is clueless; is there anybody who can't see Appiah is not fit to coach a second division team. Is not funny, the guy just does not know anything about coaching. After all these apprenticeships! God this hurts. Wrong guy for the job.
  • EmanuelKnowsBEst says:
    June 17, 2014 02:52 am
    the middle was giving to america. we played the same way we played against korea. but this team the other team knew how to finish and defend. Every time i saw an aerial view of the pitch, mutari and rubio where nowhere to me found. there was no connection between our middle field and fowards .GSN knows nothing about tactics.After the korea game they gave rubio a high rating. and said he was great. i completely disagree with that. muntari/rubio are defence player who cant really defend.In 2010 Muntari started ONLY ONE GAME and that was because Andre Ayew got too many cards. I told my father after the korea game that J.ayew wasnt good enough to start. After one game everyone one wanted him to start. And how can u start Opare after Not playing even ONE MINUTE IN ANY OF THE TWO GAMES. The Kid doesnt know what he is doing. I remember in the Brazil friendly in london two year ago he got a red card in the first half. EVERYONE WANT A LOCAL COACH LOCAL COACH.But BEACUSE HE IS LOCAL COAH THAN WHAT? look at our local league. Appiah should have been fire after African cup b/c he did the same thing the previous coach did and he was fired.USA defense was more inexperience then Ghanas but they had better midfield players.
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 17, 2014 01:14 am
  • favouredman says:
    June 17, 2014 01:15 am
    A high profile game of this sort, why should AA bench Kevin Boateng for Jordan???? Why should KAsamoah be playing left back instead of midfield??? Why should he played Essien and Adomah at all mpo aa? Essien has lost his form and didnt even deserve going to Brazil left alone kicking the ball. He shd have inserted Harrison Afful in the 70th minute, changed KAsamoah to go upfront and removed someone like he did. I guess, AA's approach wasn't the best. Jordan starts and KVP benched, edeen asem mpo koraaa nie? AA is visionless, bcos scoring hat-trick shdnt give Jordan a start while Kevin benches
  • Johnny says:
    June 17, 2014 01:17 am
    Since we are experimenting, why don't we play Stephen Adams instead of Kwarasey and Dauda? Adams would have blocked that scuffed shot by Dempsey.
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 17, 2014 01:18 am
    We at the stadium thought Agyeman Badu was coming on for Rabiu ..we had see him warming up..Essien was a bad idea..Agyeman should have come on to push attack,..Adomah didn't have a business threw.just AA's personal family interest...
  • Franknaros says:
    June 17, 2014 01:19 am
    Akwasi Appiah costed us this game from the start and he should pay for it. He doesn't have a clue what he's doing. His contract should be terminated as soon as he's back 'cos he's got nothing to offer Ghanaians. After all this time experimenting, he's still full of uncertainty. How would you win any world cup game like that? I certainly agree with you beautiful but winning against Germany is a long shot. I don't like to be pessimistic but right now, USA has a better chance of progressing over us. And with this tactics, i don't think we can stand up to Portugal, let's talk less of Germany. Too bad though, 'cos we really did have a chance to qualify from the group. AKWASI APPIAH's CONTRACT SHOULD BE TERMINATED!!!
  • bostonman redsox says:
    June 17, 2014 01:20 am
    What the hell is essien and kpb doing on the bench? Useless coach appiah. I'm done with the blackstars. U mean to tell me its was so freaking difficult to select our starting 11 two years ago n let them play every match till they gel? This is common sense my friends. Every serious nation knew their starting 11. Waste of tax payers money. Done paying attention to this stupid world cup.
  • yaw, Chicago says:
    June 17, 2014 01:28 am
    Completely useless player rating. Did you watch the game? Ghana's best player of the day was clearly Kwadwo Asamoah. Second is Dede and third is Asamoah Gyan, then you can talk of Atsu. And what was lackluster about the Ghana performance? or you dont understand the meaning of words? People like Atsu and Opare who had most of the final balls and should have created chances or won set-pieces for us were extremely wasteful. The boys played way better than in the South Korea game, but i've noticed that you reporters just tend to every member of the team credit if only we win, regardless of obvious mistakes and weaknesses. Appiah got nothing wrong, some of the players simply disappointed the country. Talk of Jordan, and misfiring Boateng and Muntari. They did well but could impress with final deliveries.
  • Franknaros says:
    June 17, 2014 01:30 am
    Johny you are probably right about the experimenting but i don't think any goalie could have saved that ball though it was scuffed. If anyone is to blame it's Boye letting Dempsey turn him in so easy. However overall, Akwasi Appiah is the main culprit and i personally think that contract he just signed should be terminated 'cos he's got nothing to offer football loving Ghanaians.
  • yaw, Chicago says:
    June 17, 2014 01:33 am
    *couldn't impress
  • selfmade says:
    June 17, 2014 01:33 am
    Atsu is the most useless player in the team!
  • 3TA PUI says:
    June 17, 2014 01:34 am
  • Franknaros says:
    June 17, 2014 01:42 am
    Yaw Chicago, i know people keep playing that game of defending people for one reason or the other even when they know they are in the wrong. Give one good reason why Kwadwo Asamoah was playing left back when he's a good option forward and to add insult to injury, we had a very competent left back in Afful on the bench . If Afful is not good enough to play against USA, what team is he going to play against, Germany or Ronaldo's Portugal? And if he's not going to play at all then why is he in the squad? Why did he start Jordan instead of Kevin when this match is a must win for us? What formation were they playing out there? What tactics, they kept playing long balls, it wasn't working and he just stood there in his nice suit, and you tell me he did nothing wrong? Why was Acquah not playing to have a stronger midfield instead of pairing Sulley and Rabiu, and then he brings old frail Essien? Akwasi Appiah doesn't seem to know what he's doing, still experimenting???
  • Franknaros says:
    June 17, 2014 01:45 am
    I really like your comment Shark, well said, hahaha.
  • Franknaros says:
    June 17, 2014 01:49 am
    Selfmade, you sound like you have a personal beef with Atsu. Atsu was one of our best players out there, one of our main threats and confused Akwasi Appiah decided to sub him for his wife's friend's son Adomah. What was that all about???
  • Lord Dennings says:
    June 17, 2014 01:51 am
    I hate to say this, but my heart is never at ease whenever Adam kwarasey is in post for Ghana. People say Dauda is not good, but I know he gives his hear out when he plays for the Black Stars. I think Ghana played a better game in the second have, but in soccer, goals are the key. Hopefully we can up our game in the subsequent matches.
  • The truth says:
    June 17, 2014 01:53 am
    I agree, we dominated the game, created many chances but we didn't convert them. The defense sucks and underestimated the USA which cost us the game. K. Asamoah should be in the midfield or left wing. Coach appiah did his best but I think dauda should have started. The best player today in my POV is muntari. He fought like a true warrior to the end. The weakest link was boye, he played like he had no business on the field.
  • Ghana squad says:
    June 20, 2014 08:15 am
    I wonder why kwasi Appiah live Fatawu Dauda as a best keeper.
  • papa says:
    June 17, 2014 01:05 am
    as usual writing trash on our players using demoralising words. if there is anyone to blame it is the coach and he needs to work on the teams overall concentration and set pieces. we have 0 set pieces , its unheard of. he shud take a page from the italian set pieces vs england.
  • baby_olele says:
    June 17, 2014 05:32 pm
    AA always looks (and i bet he feels) uneasy in his 'nice' suits. Somebody in the GFA should get him some slacks. He needs to do some jogging around himself. And the look on his face when things are going wrong simply confirms the most commonly used adjective in this thread; CLUELESS!!!.
  • Shark says:
    June 17, 2014 12:57 am
    Won't it be fair if you rated AA too??? His changes were really bad.... Adomah had no business in the game... Atsu had no business on the bench... KASA had no business had left back.... Warris had no business on the bench.... Harrison Afful had no business on the bench.... AA gets a 1.5 from me... And that's because I like his suit
  • Kofi Agyin says:
    June 17, 2014 12:47 am
    Akwasi Appiah should take full blame for Ghana's lost. Why he played Kwadwo Asamoah in defense defies football logic. Kwadwo is the most influential player going forward and just because Conte uses him in that position at Juventus does not mean he should have followed suit. By the way who in his right mind made Akwasi Appiah a coaching doctor? I believe we are bunch of jokers in Ghana.
  • Johnny says:
    June 17, 2014 01:06 am
    What about the coach???? He could not be rated any higher than 2/10. From the selection of players, formation and substitution, Appiah was clueless. He played them out of position. Can someone tell the mentally-slaved man to stop copying from other (white) coaches? Stop playing our best playmaker at the back!! Appiah wavers like a leaf in the wind. Everybody started praising Jordan after the South Korean game and guess what, Jordan had to start! Which national coach experiments with every game?
  • beautiful says:
    June 17, 2014 12:42 am
    You say not much was seem yet you give adomah 4.5 The coach lost from the bench. Essen broke down the midfield. He lost the ball that resulted in the corner that ledto the goal. What was adomah doing iI. There. Agyeman badu would have been. A better replacement. Akwasi appiah really really has disappointed. This is why we trust the foreign coaches. Always experimenting. He better win against Germany or he should not come home to Ghana.
  • paige says:
    June 22, 2014 07:54 am
    Ayew needs to pull up his shorts!!! I think he's so enthralled with the trends and fads of america, he doesn't realize that dress trend is horrible...grow up Ayew! We don't want to see your underwar...we want to see how well you can play...and from here your not doing to well