U.S.A. Holds On To Beat Ghana, 2-1

U.S.A. defeats Ghana, 2-1, in its opening World Cup match.

U.S.A.’s John Brooks celebrates his game-winning goal against Ghana. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

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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.

And the U.S.A. answers and converts the corner! 2-1!

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Ghana scores! Ties the game late in the second half. 1-1.

 

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Graham Zusi on for the United States in the 77th minute. This sub is the third and final one available for the USMNT.

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Michael Essien, the former Chelsea star, on for Ghana with 20 minutes left in the match.

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Ghana controlling the tempo, putting the U.S. on their heels. U.S.A. trying to hang onto a 1-0 lead in the second half.

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan tries to get past United States’ John Brooks. AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

The game is starting to open up. Ghana getting chances, but can’t convert.

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The second half is now underway in Natal, Brazil.

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The U.S. Women’s National Team reacts to Clint Dempsey’s first-minute goal.

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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.

Jozy Altidore

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Clint Dempsey

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U.S.A.’s Clint Dempsey got kicked in the face, but he’s back in the game.

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This challenge by Ghana’s Rabiu earned him the game’s first yellow card.

Here’s Clint Dempsey’s first-minute goal, which is the fastest goal in United States World Cup history.

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Jozy Altidore goes down in the 21st minute and immediately reaches for his hamstring.

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#USMNT injury report: Altidore with a strained left hamstring.

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)

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