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Ghana 1 United States 2 – Stats & Post-Match Projections

Published on: 17 June 2014
Ghana's attacking display

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.


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  • zambitious says:
    June 17, 2014 07:56 am
    ghana players went for fashion to brazil not football. they think hair styles play football? nah!!!!!! bra, abeg weting be that? witch doctor? can't even cure his face and yet claims to bewitch ronaldo, pwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Prince says:
    June 17, 2014 08:47 am
    Wooowwww!!! Check this out! BRAZIL 2014 Team Standings after group matches GROUP G Germany - 7 points (Qualify) Ghana - 4 points (Qualify) Portugal - 3 points (Relegated) USA - 3 points (Relegated) Ghana will qualify for the next round.
  • zambitious says:
    June 17, 2014 07:52 am
    abegi, ghana witch forgot to send four more dogs to john brooks or did he run out of dogs in ghana to bewitch dempsey? he should have asked from zambia seeing that we have a lot of stray dogs in zambia. what a witch, he thought only ronaldo can harm ghana? he is a fake, hahahahahahaha!!!!!
  • edikoku says:
    June 17, 2014 04:54 am
    Bunch of losers, you are really in for it this time, you are technically out of the tournament
  • Dan says:
    June 17, 2014 02:52 am
    @caputo, obviously he has no clue what is doing. He should be sacked.
  • Carlos Danger says:
    June 17, 2014 02:50 am
    With all this talent --- he could not win. He and his technical team got to go ... wasting tax payers money. Instead of focusing on the game they are singing jama and styling their hair. Opare and boye were useless... Ghana needs to build a team around dede and kwadwo asamoah...
  • Caputo says:
    June 17, 2014 01:57 am
    AA doesnt have a team, he has players. how can a good coach who has a team and a formation play different players at the same position in every match we play? today is Rashid morrow Afful yesterday Opare, what? at this point he want tell Ghanaians he's experimenting? how stupid for a coach to change a winning team, what happened to the south korea starting 11? AA have players not a team, i bet if he even knows what he's doing.