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

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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.