Ghana 2-1 United States, And Another Four-Year Wait Begins

The United States' stay at the World Cup has come to a heartbreaking end, as Ghana's Asamoah Gyan scored an extra-time goal to give the Black Stars a lead that ended up sticking. We have the full story here.

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World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Black Stars Eliminate U.S., Through To Quarterfinals 2-1, After Extra Time

The United States has been seen out of the World Cup, but it took 120 minutes and an extra time goal from Asamoah Gyan to see them out.

The Ghanaian strike put home his third goal of the tournament in the 93rd minute, a left-footed half-volley from eight yards out put into the top of the next giving Ghana a 2-1 lead.   The Black Stars would hold on to the lead  for the next 27 minutes.

Ghana moves on to the quarterfinals to face Uruguay.

Ghana went up in the sixth minute through Kevin Prince Boateng, taking advantage of a Ricardo Clark turnover to finish past Tim Howard from 20 yards out to put the Black Stars up 1-0.

Ghana would control the match through half time, when a substitution that brought-on Benny Feilhaber invigorated the U.S., leading to a penalty earning in the 61st minute.  Jonathan Mensah's take-down of Clint Dempsey gave Landon Donovan a chance from the spot.  Donovan hit his kick against the inside of the right post, making it 1-1, scoring his third goal of the competition.

In extra time, a long ball played out of the back from Ghana, over the United States defense, allowed Gyan to run onto an opportunity in the box.  Gyan got position on Carlos Bocanegra, behind JayDeMerit, to score the decisive goal.

Though the United States leaves the 2010 competition having won a group for the first time since 1930, it is the second straight World Cup where the U.S. ends their tournament with a 2-1 loss to Ghana.

Ghana becomes the third African nation to make the quarterfinals, following Senegal's 2002 team and Cameroon's team of 1990.  With a win over Uruguay next Friday, Ghana would become the African nation to make the semifinals.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Last Ghana Substitution Sees Samuel Inkoom Off For Sulley Muntari

Milovan Rajevac has used his final substitution in the 113th minute, taking off Samuel Inkoom, who had just spend time on the ground injured, off for Sulley Muntari.

Inkoom was a surprise starting in midfield and is subbed-off for Muntari, whose fractious relationship with Ghana's coach has seen him out of the team.

Ghana continues to lead the United States 2-1 in the 115th minute.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: U.S. Down One After First 15 Minutes Of Extra Time

The first period of extra time is done, with the United States trailing Ghana, 2-1.

The U.S. has been unable to generate a decent scoring chance since Asamoah Gyan put the Ghanaians ahead in the 93rd minute, a left-footed finish beating Tim Howard from eight yards out.

The United States has fifteen minutes to score the goal that would lead the match to penalty kicks.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Asamoah Gyan's Third Goal Of Tournament Gives Black Stars Extra Time Lead

Three minutes into extra time, a ball played behind the United States defense saw Asamoah Gyan beat Jay DeMerit and Stade Rennes teammate Carlos Bocanegra to the ball, with Gyan's half-volley into the top of the net from ten yards out giving Ghana a  2-1, extra time lead.

Gyan ran across the face  of his club teammate and beat the defender to a ball that bounded  behind DeMerit. Gyan held off DeMerit to finish past Howard, giving Ghana a lead in the 93rd minute.

It was Gyan's third goal of the World Cup, tying him for the tournament's lead.

Ghana continues to lead 2-1 in the 97th minute.


2010 World Cup, United States Vs. Ghana: End Of Regulation Time Sees Teams Draw 1-1, Set To Play Extra 30 Minutes

Just as Ghana controlled the first half, the United States looked the better side in the second half, with the halftime insertion of Benny Feilhaber invigorating the team.

The U.S. midfielder was on the end of a chance in the 46th minute and created the penalty kick that eventually equalized for the United States.

That goal came in the 62nd minute, Landon Donovan putting his kick off the right post and into the goal after  Clint Dempsey was brought down by Jonathan Mensah.

The United States has held 49 percent of  the possession and created six shots on goal.  Ghana has created five shots on goal.

The match now goes to extra-time:  30 minutes divided into two, 15-minute halves, to be played whether a team scores.

If the match remains tied after extra time, the game will be settled by a penalty kick shootout. 


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Second Ghana Substitution Brings Stephen Appiah on For Injured Kevin Prince Boateng

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has had to use his second substitution to replace an injured Kevin Prince Boateng, bringing on veteran Stephen Appiah.

Boateng leaves in the 78th minute pulling at his right leg, with  Appiah expected to play an identical, central midfield role.

The match between Ghana and the United States remains scoreless through 83 minutes.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Landon Donovan Converts Clint Dempsey-Drawn Penalty To Equalize For United States

Benny Feilhaber's ball through the Ghanaian defense found Clint Dempsey, who was brought down in the penalty are by Ghana central defender Jonathan Mensah.  Landon Donovan put the resulting penalty kick into the right side netting to make it 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

The penalty comes as the United States has reverse the match's course  in the second half, when Benny Feilhaber's inclusion as  helped the U.S. control the first twenty minutes of play after halftime.

In the 65th minute, the score remains tied at one.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Benny Feilhaber On For Robbie Findley To Start Second Half

In what is becoming a standard substitution for Bob Bradley when the United States trail at halftime, Benny Feilhaber has come on for  Robbie Findley to start the second half.

The move likely means Clint Dempsey will move from the wing into a supporting striker's role.

Feilhaber's inclusion is Bob Bradley's second substitution, with Maurice Edu's 30th minut substitution, in for Ricardo Clark, the first.

Ghana leads the United States 1-0 to start the second half.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Black Stars Take Kevin Prince Boateng Goal, 1-0 Lead Into Halftime

Ghana has controlled the first half of play against the United States, using an early goal from Kevin Prince Boateng  to take a 1-0 lead into halfitme.

If you quint your eyes and draw parallels, you can almost see Haminu Dramani taking the ball from Claudio Reyna and going down the field for Ghana's first goal against the U.S. in Germany 2006.  This year, Reyna was played by Ricardo Clark, who gave the ball away to Boateng (after an Anthony Annan challenge), and although Boateng did not go in alone on goal, the end result was the same, with Tim Howard giving the midfielder too much of the near post, letting in Boateng's left-footed shot from 20 yards out.

In the sixth minute, Ghana was ahead, 1-0.

Each team had one other good chance in the half, with Ghana's Kwadwo Asamoah and the U.S.'s Robbe Findley each seeing their chances saved, but it was Ghana's half, with the Black Stars able to stay compact in defense after  taking the early lead.

Bob Bradley has already used one of his substitutions, taking off Clark in the 30th minutes and bringing on Maurice Edu.

Ghana held 56 percent of the half's possession and recorded four shots on goal.  The United States had three shots on goal.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Maurice Edu Early Substitution For Ricardo Clark

Bob Bradley has gone to his bench early.

Maurice Edu has replaced Ricardo Clark in a like-for-like substitution, replacing the central midfielder whose mistake started the attack that led to t he Ghana goal.

Maurice Edu started the United States' last group match against Ghana and appeared  in their second match against Slovenia.

Clark had not played since the England match, the U.S.'s World Cup opener.

Ghana remain in front of the United States,  1-0 in the 33rd minute.


World Cup 2010, United States Vs. Ghana: Kevin Prince Boateng Converts Ricardo Clark Turnover Into Ghana Goal

The United States have given up another early goal.

Ricardo Clark was dispossessed of the ball near midfield by Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng, who dribbled to within 20 yards of goal uncontested, beating Tim Howard to the goalkeeper's right for the opening goal in the match's sixth.

It was a poor giveaway by Clark, a mistake compounded by a relatively shot goal allowed by Tim Howard.

Clark has subsequently picked-up a yellow card in the match's seventh minute.

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