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The Black stars outshine USA in extra time

[Posted 27 Jun 2010]
The Black stars outshine USA in extra time

By Brighton Mupangavanhu

Ghana have done it again for Africa! The Black Stars kept the entire continent of Africa interested in the 2010 World Cup being hosted by South Africa with a vintage first half performance and extra time dominance of their more illustrious opponents, the USA. In the process, Asamoah Gyan's extra time winner for Ghana ensured that Africa has a representative in the quarter-finals of the global soccer show-piece, the World's biggest sporting event.

The Black Stars who at 32 are ranked 18 places below USA who are ranked 14 on FIFA rankings, dominated the first half exchanges. It is little wonder that they drew first blood in the 5th minute through Kevin Boateng Prince's maginificent individual effort. Boateng-Prince beat a bemused Ricardo Clark in the centre of the park, out-paced two other defenders, pulled Tim Howard in before slotting the ball beyond the reach of the USA keeper. That was a maginificent effort from Prince (pictured with scorer of the winner Gyan) who was simply outstanding for Ghana in midfield in the First Half.

Ghana have now booked a date with Uruguay in the last eight of the World Cup in a clash penciled for 2 July. The Black Stars have now become only the 3rd African country to achieve that feat after Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002.

The USA team, renowned for their fighting spirit, came back strongly in the Second Half and true to their reputation,put Ghana on the back foot for much of the half. They equalised in the 62nd minute through a Donovan penalty after young Jonathan Mensah committed a foul against Clint Dempsey in the box.

Coach Bob Bradley made tactical changes in the 30th minute and second half to revive the fortunes of USA. Clark was sacrificed early on for Maurice Edu and striker Robbie Findlay made way for midfielder Benny Feilhaber in the second half.

USA turned tables against Ghana in the second half and gave a good response by forcing desperate defending and saves from Ghana defence and keeper Richard Kingson. USA could have stolen the lead, but on two distinct occasions, Kingson denied Joazi Altidore and Michael Bradley. Altidore was later to win a tussle against John Mensah and his shot missed the target as he slipped while attempting to pull the trigger.

Ghana survived the relentless onslaught from the Americans in the second half to hold on to a deserved win and a passage into the quarter-finals. Extra time saw the pendulum swinnging in the Black Stars' favour, and they clearly out-played USA resulting in Gyan grabbing a winner in only the third minute of extra time. USA attempted to rally from behind in the dying minutes of extra time in search of an equaliser, but Ghana proved superior in defence and counter attacks in the last 15 minutes of extra time.

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Ezekiel Charika posted comment on 28-Jun-2010 12:07:08

Great work by Ghana. We thank them for representing us. I hope they beat Uruguay to get to the semi-finals.

They are a stable team. And now the do not have any pressure, its just their normal football.

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