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Lapse in concentration is Ghana’s undoing against US

AS AS 17/06/2014 Enrique Rubio
Brooks heads home the winner © Proporcionado por AS Brooks heads home the winner

The United States finally got their revenge on Ghana for those two painful defeats in the last two editions of the World Cup (in the knockout stages in 2010 and in the group stages in 2006). It was third time lucky for the North Americans, now under the guidance of Jurgen Klinsmann, who registered a 2-1 victory in their tournament opener but left it late to settle their score.

The game was just 30 seconds old and journalists still shuffling their team sheets in the press box when the US became the team to score the fastest goal at Brazil 2014. The move came from a throw-in out on the left flank, Dempsey made a beeline for goal and struck low and hard and with Adam Kwarasey beaten, the ball entered in off the far post.

But the euphoria was short-lived for Klinsmann’s troops. Jozy Altidore was carried off-field on a stretcher, grimacing with a suspected injury to his left hamstring and apart from that the dynamic of the game was to take a turn. Ghana, led by Gyan, began to pile forward and test Tim Howard’s resolve. The Everton keeper showed what a world class player his really is, blocking, parrying and tipping away every effort that Ghana’s forwards threw at him.

He couldn’t be faulted for shipping the equaliser – a move which involved both of the Ayew brothers. Jordan found his elder brother with a neat back heel and with one, clean strike with the outside of the boot, the ball flew into the back of the net.

It looked as though the game would finish level but just four minutes later, John Brooks rose to head in the winner from a corner. Maybe Ghana deserved more but this defeat, coupled with meetings with Germany and Portugal to come, means it’s going to be a struggle for them to advance from the group phase.

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