Clint Dempsey gave the USA the perfect start as they defeated Ghana in their opening Group G World Cup match in Brazil, as they went on to snatch a late winner.
The USA team had the perfect start in their first game in the World Cup when their captain, Clint Dempsey put them ahead inside the first minute against Ghana. Dempsey’s goal came after 29 seconds as he received the ball outside the penalty area and cut inside his defender, going on to fire across the goalkeeper, the ball going in off the base of the far post.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s team worked hard to maintain their advantage and gave Ghana little opportunity to mount a response. They were well organised and in fact should have added to their lead.
The US lost striker Jozy Altidore and central defender Matt Besler to injury in the first half and gradually Ghana increased the pressure and should have equalised through Gyan who headed over and then had another header saved by Tim Howard. With 8 minutes to play he appeared to have broken the USA’s hearts by setting up the equaliser when his backheel created the chance for Ayew to score.
With the game looking set for the second draw of the tournament, the States central defender John Brooks headed the winner from a corner in the 86th minute.
The win gave the USA team great satisfaction as Ghana have knocked them out of the past two World Cup tournaments. Ghana dominated possession but the US deserved their win for their commitment. The win puts them second in Group G, level on points with Germany who defeated 10-man Portugal 4 – 0 in the earlier match. It will still require a great effort from Jurgen Klinsmann’s team to make it out of the group but the opening win gives them hope.
After the game Klinsmann said in an interview reported by BBC Sport,
We have a great spirit and fight until the last minute. It was a grind but it was a wonderful one at the end of the day.