The United States defeated Ghana 2-1 to move into pole position to join Germany in the round of 16 from the World Cup’s group of death.
Jurgen Klinsmann’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 – with his effort going in off the post.
Ghana controlled much of the match thereafter but could do little to actually threaten Tim Howard’s goal – 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 – and both of these were from outside the box:
Ghana finally equalised in the 82nd minute with its 17th shot of the game when Gyan’s neat back heal found Andre Ayew and the Marseille forward’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 – 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 Klinsmann’s side will need to improve against Portugal, yet the win has increased the United States’ chances to secure a shock place in the round of 16.