U.S.A.’s John Brooks celebrates his game-winning goal against Ghana. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
As time expires, the U.S. bench celebrates the victory over Ghana. The U.S. gets revenge against the team that knocked them out of the last two World Cups. U.S.A. faces Portugal next, Sunday, June 22. Ghana will take on Germany, Saturday, June 21.
U.S.A. WINS! 2-1 is the final score in Natal. The U.S. gets three points in its opening match victory.
U.S.A. is up 1-0 at the half vs. Ghana thanks to a Clint Dempsey goal in the first 30 seconds (fastest goal in U.S. World Cup history). Jozy Altidore went down with a strained hamstring and had to leave the game. Dempsey also got kicked in the face, but stayed in for the U.S.
U.S.A.’s Clint Dempsey got kicked in the face, but he’s back in the game.
Earlier today in Group G, Germany destroyed Portugal, 4-0. A significant victory for both Ghana and the U.S. — a win for either team would put them in good position to advance out of the group ahead of Portugal.
Ghana has knocked the U.S. out of the last two World Cups. In 2010, Ghana ousted the U.S. in the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory. In 2006, Ghana ended the U.S.A.’s World Cup with a 2-1 defeat in group play.