The United States of America defeated Ghana 2-1 at Estadio das Dunas in Natal on Monday in an entertaining FIFA World Cup™ encounter. USA scored just 32 seconds into the match through Clint Dempsey. The Seattle Sounders goal poacher danced his way inside the area after a great round of play and slice the ball past the keeper.
The Americans dominated the early exchanges looking to increase their lead while their African opponents tried to match the standards. Striker Jozy Altidore was substituted 23 minutes into the match after suffering a hamstring injury. Altidore’s place was taken by Aron Johannsson.
The Ghananians tried to level matters before the break but all their attempts came to nothing as the States also failed to double their advantage. The Black Stars were more dangerous in the second stanza with both Christian Atsu and Sulley Muntari having their shots wide of goal as the lackluster American defense remained unpunished. In search of a catalyst Akwasi Appiah brought in veteran Michael Essien in place of Rabiu Mohammed.
Andrew Ayew provided a classy equaliser eight minutes before the final whistle. The 24-year old unleashed a superb shot using the outside of his left boot to beat Tim Howard. Ghana failed to hold on until the final whistle to secure a point or perhaps steal a victory as in the 86th minute John Brook nodded home to seal victory for Jurgen Klinsmann’s men. In the process the Americans avenged their 2-1 defeat four years ago in the Second Round in Rustenburg.