The United States defeated Ghana 2-1 to move into pole position to join Germany in the round of 16 from the World Cupâ€™s group of death.
Jurgen Klinsmannâ€™s side were in the lead after just 29 seconds of the game. Jermaine Jones found Clint Dempsey who beat his man before shooting across the keeper â€“ with his effort going in off the post.
Ghana controlled much of the match thereafter but could do little to actually threaten Tim Howardâ€™s goal â€“ despite attempting a huge number of shots and the United States goalkeeper touching the ball more than any of his other teammates, with 61 touches in total.
Christian Atsu, Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng all had efforts; however of its 16 shots over the first 81 minutes of the game, just two hit the target â€“ and both of these were from outside the box:
Ghana finally equalised in the 82ndÂ minute with its 17thÂ shot of the game whenÂ Â Gyanâ€™s neatÂ back heal found Andre Ayew and the Marseille forwardâ€™s outside of his left foot finished beat Tim Howard at the near post.
Ghana then appeared to be the favourites if there was going to be a winner; however the United States would fire back to win it. Fabian Johnson worked hard to win a corner as Jonathan Mensah attempted to shepherd it out of play; substitute Graham Zusi took it and found an unmarked John Brooks to head home â€“ securing the three points for the USA.
Ghana were in control for much of the contest and outshot the United States but were made to pay for a failure to hit the target, with the USA (4 shots on target) showing better accuracy than its opponents (3 shots on target).
Jurgen Klinsmannâ€™s side will need to improve against Portugal, yet the win has increased the United Statesâ€™ chances to secure a shock place in the round of 16.