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Video: Ghana striker Gyan's beautiful back heel pass gets rave reviews despite defeat to USA

Published on: 17 June 2014
Asamoah Gyan was in fantastic form for the Black Stars

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan got some praise from the media for his beautiful back pass that resulted in the Black Stars equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to the United States at the World Cup.

After the Americans took a lead in the first minute of the game, a rash of injuries had helped Ghana take the momentum in their World Cup opening match up.

The Ghana attack was relentless and they dominated in possession and shots.

It seemed like only a matter of time before one of the waves of Ghana attacks finally produced a goal. The Ghanian attack came into the box and Asamoah Gyan got the ball in the zone, but took a one-touch back-heel pass that found André Ayew cutting into the box.

He then went to the near post getting the ball past American goalkeeper Tim Howard. In the slow motion replay you can see Howard go to his left at first only to try and correct his course to go back to his right to block the shot.

The shot really seemed to change the momentum of the game, that was already going against the Americans. The USMNT were trying to hold on to a win with a defensive effort, now they looked poised to spend the final minutes of the game trying to hold onto a single point from a draw.

Then there was this interesting fan enjoying the game:

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  • EZRawlins says:
    June 18, 2014 10:45 am
    Easily one of THE BEST goals in the WC. Gyan exhibited the kind of selfless teamwork needed to succeed in these games. It's not about WHO scores the goals - it's about who wins the games! Subjugating individual glory for the sake of team glory is what it's all about. I'm looking forward to the Black Stars' match with Germany. The Germans are my favorite non-African/American team; I love the precise passing and 'all-for-one' esprit de corps. I think Ghana has the talent to keep things close (far closer than Portugal!); the bigger question is whether they can execute as a team. And please: Don't flash ANOTHER COUNTRY'S COLORS/JERSEY if you score a goal! Seeing that happen during the last WC was the most embarrassing thing I ever witnessed. Be proud of Ghana!
  • PITO says:
    June 18, 2014 03:28 am
    @millenium please SHUT UP! You are the one with a sick mind. What is wrong with someone dressed as a voodoo man, enjoying himself at a game. You think Voodoo is primitive? But Sprinkling holy water on people and dousing people with smoke and kneeling before a wax candle by a white catholic priest in oversize white gown is NOT primitive. Shut UP! Because you are part of the reason Africa will always be bastard-ed.
  • Viper says:
    June 17, 2014 11:05 pm
    Haha Bronx,Am not really a superstitious person but anytime we have one of these politician visit the team before a match we seem to lose. This madness must cease.The Black Star is a unifying factor,therefore divisive politicians should stay away. He better stay away from our match against Germany..
  • Reef says:
    June 17, 2014 09:27 pm
    @Maxwell... I totally agree with everything You said... I usually bypass such long posts but u made a lot of sense the more I read on.. KASA in defense??? dude, when I first saw the line up before the game and noticed he placed KASA In Defense, my heart skipped a beat.. I thought it was a set up... I mean this is the live wire were talking about. He is so lethal anytime he moves up but yet this AA guy decided to gamble ... AA cost us this game and he knows it..The players themselves know that was a shitty selection he made... My suggestion... next tourney, the selection will be done by the entire nation and the first 11 with the majority of the votes becomes our starting 11..simple as that..instead of putting the hopes of the whole Ghana in one mad man's hand.. I'd rather be proud if we the sons of Ghana picked the players n they go and lose.
  • Reiny says:
    June 17, 2014 09:27 pm
    On point Maxwell johnson, I'm a huge proponent of the idea of a local coach but I must say AA is proving me wrong with his lack of personality and tactical bankruptcy.
  • millennium says:
    June 17, 2014 09:35 pm
    are we importing vodo? Have we become that fetish? How can we portray to the world this primitive nature sending this man to Brazil.... as if all we do in Ghana is fetishism... shame on all who made this man's trip possible...and that is why we lost.... we will loose again if we keep this guy there.
  • millennium says:
    June 17, 2014 09:38 pm
    @Maxwell Johnson, the epitome of bad luck was the vudo man at the park
  • NII-BI says:
    June 17, 2014 10:23 pm
    The guys behind the pc over there are they ghanaians at all...? Lookung careful of most of their post, they keep on informing the public bad news about Ghana. Why should such a thing keeps on happening...?!?
  • soccer brain says:
    June 17, 2014 10:57 pm
    i agree with you reef . we can do better selection for AA is just unfortunate we have to do his job for him and he gets the pay dem!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    June 17, 2014 08:21 pm
    Hahahaha sure thing that man its an epitome of bad luck lol!!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    June 17, 2014 08:22 pm
    Two comedy of errors from two shit players (Boye & Opare) cost us this game especially Boye what a useless CB he’s become now no wonder he’ll be playing club football in Turkey next season. Just look at how the defense was open with ease with just a simple one two pass that resulted in Dempsey getting the 1st goal this should never happen to a team that wants to go far in a big tourney like the WC and as for the second goal John Boye again!!! This guy is becoming a liability rather than an asset to the team the earlier we look for better replacement the better. Jo Mensah also considering that cheap & needless CK which resulted in the 2nd goal for the yanks, though I gotta be fair to the chap cuz he kinda had a solid game. As for our clueless manager the least said about him the better, this is the third consecutive time that we’ve conceded an early goal in our games and we haven’t been able to recover though we nearly recovered in this game buh another loss of concentration later on in the game cost us. I mean cant this coach psych up the players mentally and let them know how crucial it is to be 100% focus in the game also what’s the role of the so-called psychologist in the team I mean doesn’t he know to do his job properly? Playing your best player @ LB when we have equally good options on the bench, look how dangerous KASA was whenever he surges forward he initiated the attack that got us the equalizer through Dede, and for him to be playing as a LB throughout the entire game when we needed creativity in the middle shows how clueless & tactically inept AA is. Tweaaaaa!! This man cant take us anywhere with this 17th century tactics of his goddammit!! For goodness sake the yanks didn’t had any clear-cut chances after they scored that early goal they only looked dangerous on the break, it was very evident that we were clearly lacking creativity in the middle. Imagine how dangerous we would have been with KASA, Dede, KBP & Sulley with Rabiu protecting the back-four but instead this clueless coach kept KASA on the left-back throughout the entire game. Also what was the need of bringing in Essien when Rabiu was playing even better? Also why take out Atsu who was lively in the game and bring in an ineffective Adomah what was the use? He could have at least brought in Afful to man the LB position so that KASA can move upfront and give us some more spark and creativity. Jordan has really improved a lot the chap has a good game it was just unfortunate that he couldn’t bury that chance he had latter on in the 1st half. Wasn’t Warris fit for the game? Why not make a double sub by bringing him on alongside KPB to put more pressure on the yanks and open their defense cuz were really limited in attack and that was how come we couldn’t convert the numerous chances we had despite dominating game throughout . Don’t get me wrong we played very very well buh lost the game from the bench and also due to some comedy of errors in defense especially Boye, as for Opare ooh boy this guy has been a huge disappointment whenever he dons the national colours. Its just unfortunate that we allowed this mediocre US team to beat us despite dominating the game from start to finish, this is the best squad we’ve assembled in yrs buh unfortunately this time around we gonna face an early exit from the WC courtesy our clueless & tactically inept manager. Our final two games against the Germans & the Portuguese are really gonna be difficult yes its 100% possible that we can beat them buh its gonna be a huge task especially when we have a manager that doesn’t have a system nor varies his tactics and make the right selection or subs.
  • kj says:
    June 17, 2014 08:53 pm
    whilst I agree the formation was wrong, and whilst i agree the decisions were not impressive, Appiah tried to impress. I can only say that we should all fully support him, he wants to win for sure. I hope he proves us all wrong, but also i hope the players play the game of their lives against germany.
  • Kwadwo Mensah says:
    June 17, 2014 07:37 pm
    @selfmade spot on!
  • thomas kusi says:
    June 17, 2014 06:24 pm
    I the corch need to ficx Inkum and Afol in difence to K Asamoah out front to hrlp the strikers And Esien to start the game ti support the difence
  • USA says:
    June 17, 2014 06:26 pm
    The kind of thing that makes africans happy...dribbling and backheels is all you have but no tactical much ball possession but cannot create? where are your hazards? and with a guy who is a rapper as your captain...good bye..Appiah, mensah, vorash are severely missed
  • EZRawlins says:
    June 18, 2014 10:39 am
    Hey USA, Shut the **** up. Where were you in 2006 and 2010 when Ghana was sending the boys home by bus? If Ghana is 2-1 vs. the US and they lack tactical skill, then what does that say about the US? Go crawl back under your rock. EZ (a REAL American)
  • Bronx says:
    June 17, 2014 06:21 pm
    Our Vice President should not go to the black stars camp again. Does anyone remember the last afcon, we lost semi finals to Zambia when he visited camp. This time around, I knew we might loose this game when i heard he was in camp with the BS.
  • selfmade says:
    June 17, 2014 06:15 pm
    Gyan and Dede has that combination before! Dede scored a similar goal against Mali in the afcon from the same fabulous back heel from gyan! That was sumptuous play! One commentator said that the Ghanaians are the Brazilians in modern football! Atsus own back heel pass drew that comment from the commentator! We indeed talented in football and our team has spread into other European teams too... Depay, balotelli, WELBACK and BOATENG are the most talented in their squad and WELBACK was a typical eg of how talented Ghanaians are against the Italians!