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LIVE: Ghana vs USA

Posted: 16 June 2014 Time: 23:32

Welcome to tonight's live coverage of the Group G encounter between African hopefuls Ghana and the USA from the Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil.

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95' - And it's all over! USA get their revenge from 2010. Final score: Ghana 1-2 USA

94' - Less than 60 seconds left for Ghana... GHA 1-2 USA

93' - Muntari shoots over the bar!

91' - Muntari goes into the referee's book for a rash challenge.

90' - USA with a free-kick in midfield as they look to run down the clock. Five minutes of added time. GHA 1-2 USA

86' - GOAL! The substitutes combine as Brooks heads in a Zusi corner! USA back in the lead! GHA 1-2 USA

84' - Ghana on the attack! Boateng with a good run down the right, but Essien tumbles over his cross at the edge of the box!

81' - GOAL! The leveller from Andre Ayew who steers it home after a delicious Gyan backheel! Game on! GHA 1-1 USA

80' - Ten minutes for Ghana to find the equaliser...

78' - Good work by Johnson on the left for the US. Angled run into the box, leaves it for Dempsey whose strike is easily dealt with by the Black Stars keeper. GHA 0-1 USA

77' - SUBSTITUTE Ghana: Atsu (OFF) for Adomah (ON). GHA 0-1 USA

76' - SUBSTITUTE USA: Bedoya (OFF) for Zusi (ON)

76' - Ayew fails to control a pinpoint cross in the box as USA clear their lines once more. GHA 0-1 USA.

74' - Tempo of the game has slowed as Ghana look to build up from the back. USA remaining solid in defense. GHA 0-1 USA

70' - SUBSTITUTE: Essien (ON) for Rabiu (OFF). A roar of approval from the Ghanaian fans.

69' - Rare attack by the US thwarted, as they receive a corner, which then goes out for a goal-kick. Ghana running out of time...

64' - Boateng looking lively in midfield. Definitely making his presence felt on the field since coming on. GHA 0-1 USA

62' - Jones with a shot from outside the area, blocked by Kwarasey. Shot now for Gyan on the other end, out for a corner, which Boateng then wildly strikes into the stands.

61' - Good interplay from Ghana, passing it well in front of the US goal. Results in another Atsu shot that sails over the crossbar. GHA 0-1 USA.

57' - Howard with a diving save! And cue delirium as crowd favourite Kevin Prince Boateng (ON) enters the field in place of Jordan Ayew (OFF). GHA 0-1 USA

55' - AGAIN! Gyan headers over the top moments after Muntari's chance! Ghana turning the screws here.

54' - CHANCE! Muntari's fierce strike from range is narrowly wide!

51' - Despite 60% possession, there's nothing to show for Ghana as Atsu hits one high, wide and handsome from outside the box. GHA 0-1 USA.

49' - Ghana with the youngest side on average at the 2014 World Cup (25yrs). Some more experience may be needed in their final third as they squander yet another chance.

47' - Chants of 'USA, USA' ring around the stadium in Natal. US in possession as Ghana look to dispossess them and find the equaliser. GHA 0-1 USA.

45' - USA kicks us off for the second period. GHA 0-1 USA

Half-Time: Ghana 0-1 Unites States

50' - And the referee blows for Half-Time! GHA 0-1 USA

49' - Final minute of stoppage time. Ghana corner, but headed out by USA. Ghana come back, but Atsu's shot is poorly side-footed towards goal.

46' - Muntari reacts to a harsh challenge by Jones. Lucky not to get booked.

45' - Five minutes extra time, with a handful of injuries in the first 45...

44' - Bedoya with a free-kick from just outside the USA box, palmed away for a corner, which is easily dealt with by Ghana. GHA 0-1 USA

43' - Ghana on the front foot, but it's the same story in the final third, as even more crosses come in, but fail to reach their target.

41' - Threatening USA play as Johannsson, Bedoya and Dempsey link up well, but the final shot is tame.

37' - A frustratingly similar loose ball hoofed into the box for Ghana. They need to improve their crosses if they want to get back into this.

35' - Roar from the US faithful as Dempsey is back up and running on the field. GHA 0-1 USA

32' - Demspey is down on the pitch with a bloodied nose, possibly broken, after a challenge with Boye. GHA 0-1 USA

31' - CHANCE! Gyan strikes from the edge of the box, diving save by Howard.

30' - First card of the game given to Ghana's Rabiu for leading in with his elbow. GHA 0-1 USA

29' - Shot by Atsu, but it's high and wide. The Black Stars with 57% possession. GHA 0-1 USA

26' - Better cross from Opare on the right, swung away for a corner, which is then poorly delivered. GHA 0-1 USA.

25' - Long balls driven forward by Ghana not resulting in a threatening end-product. USA break, Bedoya shoots wide from range.

23' - Yet ANOTHER over-hit cross into the Ghanaian box. The resulting corner is headed wide. GHA 0-1 USA.

22' - It seems Altidore has pulled his hamstring. USA substitute: Altidore (OFF) for Johannsson (ON).

20' - Neat backheel in the box by Gyan, but no-one there to collect. Altidore breaks, but he's on the floor clutching the back of his leg. Possibility of a pulled hamstring.

18' - CHANCE! Altidore receives the ball in the box, but his shot is blocked by Boye! GHA 0-1 USA

17' - Opare with another cross for Ghana into the box. Just a little over-cooked, but it's looking positive for the African giants.

15' - Howard runs out and foils Gyan's run at a neat through-ball. Ghana starting to ask questions. GHA 0-1 USA

14' - Another over-hit cross by Ghana. Ayew brothers linking well, but another poor delivery doesn't bother Howard.

12' - Ghana supplying a number of crosses into the box. Mostly wayward however, as they look to get back into the game.

11' - Ghana starting to move the ball around nicely in midfield, looking for openings. Two offside calls in quick succession. GHA 0-1 USA

9' - Jubilant USA fans cheering in the stands as the USA clear their lines. Ayew's run signalling intent for Ghana.

Demsey's goal was confirmed as the fifth-fastest at a Fifa World Cup.

6' - Free header for Altidore, but it's way off target. Black Stars struggling to settle down after going down so early.

5' - Free-kick for Ghana. Ayew drills it in low, but the ball is headed out for a goal-kick. GHA 0-1 USA.

3' - Roaring start by the Stars and Stripes. 32 seconds for Dempsey to cut inside from the left, and shoot past Kwarasey.

1' - GOAL! Clint Dempsey scores for the USA! One of the fastest World Cup goals! GHA 0-1 USA.

1' - KICK-OFF! Ghana in white get us underway. USA in red.

No Michael Essien, or Kevin Prince Boateng. Surprise exclusions, and the entire African continent hopes this won't come back to bite Ghana in this encounter.

The two teams are lined up, and the anthems are being sung...

Ghana will look to emulate fellow continental hopefuls Ivory Coast in recording a victory in their opening game of the tournament against familiar foes USA, who they met in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup, and beat in the Last 16 of South Africa 2010.

TEAMS

Ghana XI: Kwarasey, Gyan (c), Opare, Atsu, A. Ayew, Muntari, J. Ayew, Rabiu, Mensah, Asamoah, Boye

USA XI: Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Altidore, Cameron, Johnson

READ: World Cup profile: Ghana

ALSO READ: World Cup Profile: USA

Livefyre comments on this story...

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-06-16 21:40:23

Wish Ghana all the best!

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-16 23:59:25

I blame that Ghana witchdoctor...he needs a serious boko haraming!!

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