Saturday, June 26, 2010

Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan resume sole African representative : Ghana 2-1 USA

Ghana, the only African team left in the tournament, celebrated moving into the quarterfinals against Uruguay on Friday in Johannesburg after beat USA 2-1

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn't tie it again.

In the first-ever extra time World Cup game for the U.S., Gyan got the winning goal when he took a long ball from Andre Ayew over the defense and beat U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, his teammate on the French club Rennes. Gyan let the ball bounce, took a touch with his chest, and with Jay DeMerit vainly trying to catch up, scored over goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-footed shot from 16 yards.


USA.: Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Bornstein, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark (Maurice Edu 31'), Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore (Hercule Gomez 90'), Robie Findley (Benny Feilhaber 45').

Ghana: Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, Jonathan Mensah, John Mensah, Hans Sarpei (Lee Addy 72'), Anthony Annan, Samuel Inkoom (Sulley Muntari 111'), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Stephane Appiah 78'), Dede Ayew; Kwadwo Asamoah, three-Asamoah Gyan.


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