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FIFA World 2014: Ghana fall to USA in Natal


By Edmund Bobie


The Black Stars suffered a loss in their opening fixture at the World Cup in Brazil after going down to the USA. Clint Dempsey scored the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history, and John Brooks nicked in the winner in the 86th minute to secure a dramatic 2-1 win on Tuesday.

Dempsey beat goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey at his far post after just 32 seconds at the Dunas arena after he shimmied his way through the defence of Ghana.

The Stars regrouped after the goal and began to push forward, the team was an altogether different proposition with right winger Christian Atsu looking particularly dangerous. The Stars on numerous occasions came close to leveling but the final ball was always poor.

Jordan Ayew had Ghana’s best chance on the stroke of half time but profligacy in front of goal continued.

The second half commenced with Ghana continuing their dominance; Sulley Muntari’s left footed shot went wide Howard’s goal, Asamoah Gyan minutes later could not keep his header down.

Ghana continued to pile the pressure in search of the equaliser, Coach Kwesi Appiah sought for reinforcement with the introduction of Kevin Prince Boateng and Micheal Essien.

Andre Ayew finally gave Ghana reward for their second-half pressure with an equaliser seven minute minutes to end proceedings.

The contest looked set for a draw until defender John Brooks rose high above the Ghanaian defence to head Graham Zusi's corner into the net to give the United States revenge over the team that ended their participation in the last two World Cups.

Ghana now have a daunting task at hand, they will need wins in their next two games against Germany and Portugal to progress into the next phase of the competition.

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