• Date: Sat 26 June 2010
  • Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
  • Ref: Kassai, V
  • Attendance: 28,646
United States

United States

Donovan (62) P

1 - 2


Boateng, K-P (5)

Gyan (93)

United States vs Ghana

Team Lineups

United States

Tim Howard
Carlos Bocanegra
Steve Cherundolo
Jonathan Bornstein
Jay DeMerit
Michael Bradley
Clint Dempsey
Ricardo Clark (Maurice Edu, 31)
Landon Donovan
Jozy Altidore (Herculez Gomez, 90)
Robbie Findley (Benny Feilhaber, 46)


Richard Kingson
Hans Sarpei (Lee Addy, L, 73)
John Paintsil
John Mensah
Samuel Inkoom (Sulley Muntari, 113)
Jonathan Mensah, Jonathan
Anthony Annan
Andre Ayew, A
Kwadwo Asamoah
Kevin-Prince Boateng, K-P (Stephen Appiah, 78)
Asamoah Gyan

Match Report
Asamoah Gyan's extra-time winner sent Ghana through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup following a 2-1 victory over the United States. The Black Stars were Africa's sole survivors in the last 16 and goals from Kevin Prince-Boateng and the impressive Gyan ensured the party at the first World Cup on African soil will continue. Ghana had not scored from open play throughout their three group games but Boateng ensured that record was broken with just five minutes on the clock in Rustenburg. The Portsmouth midfielder, who only made his debut for his adopted nation in the build-up to the tournament, squeezed a perfectly-placed left-foot shot from the edge of the box between Tim Howard and his near post to give Ghana the perfect start. Boateng was a real livewire and he fired straight at Howard from 25 yards as Ghana dominated the first half. US coach Bob Bradley was clearly unhappy with his players who were standing off the opposition and he sent on Maurice Edu to strengthen his midfield on the half-hour mark. The change appeared to pay dividends as the States moved up a gear and Robbie Findley was denied by the feet of a sprawling Richard Kingson after latching on to Clint Dempsey's incisive pass. Benny Feilhaber came on for Findley at half-time and a combination of major improvement from the United States and Ghana sitting back on their lead led to a shift in power. Feilhaber was denied by the keeper from close range and Landon Donovan began to pull the strings as he delivered a succession of dangerous crosses into the Ghana box. It was little surprise when the United States did get themselves back on level terms in the 62nd minute. Jonathan Mensah brought down Dempsey in the box with a clumsy tackle and Donovan held his nerve to slot home the resulting penalty off the inside of the post. Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley were both denied by the busy Kingson as the United States looked the most likely to snatch a winner in a cagey final 30 minutes before the game went into a period of extra-time. Perhaps the only surprise was that the winner ultimately fell to Ghana, who woke from their second-half slumbers straight from the whistle. Just three minutes into the additional period, Gyan latched on to a lofted through ball and held off the attention of Carlos Bocanegra before smashing a left-foot shot past the advancing Howard from 15 yards.
Live Text Commentary
Full time



Kingson does superbly to punch the corner clear and time is surely up for the United States now


Gomes turns sharply and wins a corner with a deflected shot and this will be the last chance of the game


The Black Stars are within touching distance of a place in the quarter-finals now as vital seconds tick away


The United States are hardly throwing everything at Ghana and this is a fairly comfortable finish for the one remaining African side in the competition


Gyan flicks on a corner at the near post but no team-mates were gambling and a good chance to kill the game off goes begging


Kingson pounces on a loose ball inside his six-yard box following a chipped free-kick as fortune continues to favour the African side


Pressure is beginning to mount on the Ghana defence as we move into the closing minutes of a tense period of extra-time


Muntari does indeed come on for Inkoom who is fine despite being stretchered off just moments ago


Inkoom goes down in an obvious attempt to waste time as Ghana prepare to send on Sulley Muntari


Addy does superbly to hold off Dempsey and head clear a dangerous cross as the United States begin to ratchet up the pressure


Kingson does well to punch clear Donovan's set-piece and a huge cheer goes up from the African contingent inside the stadium


Bornstein wins a cheap free-kick just outside the box and that was needless from the Ghana defence


Appiah is making the most of a foul by Edu as more time ticks away for the US


Ghana begin this second period and are just 15 minutes away from a quarter-final berth

Half time



Edu is nudged off the ball by Ayew when challenging for a header in the box but there is no penalty appeal from the American players


Since Altidore went off the US have struggled to retain the ball when it has been played up front and their World Cup adventure could be coming to a close


Ghana have really been lifted by that goal and they are charging around like it's the first minute of the match!


He's back on his feet and will be okay to continue when the referee waves him back on to the field of play


Ayew is stretchered off following an innocuous incident but Ghana do have one more substitution left to make


Feilhaber's shot deflects off the first defender and thankfully for Ghana ricochets the wrong side of the upright


Paintsil hoofs the ball clear and Ghana again look happy to sit back on a slender lead. Perhaps they haven't learned their lesson from earlier


UNITED STATES 1-2 GHANA: GYAN holds off Bocanegra before smashing a left-foot shot past the advancing Howard from 15 yards. That could be a really telling moment!


It's a cagey start to extra-time with neither side looking like they want to gamble on pushing for a winner


The US have sent on Herculez Gomez for the tiring Altidore during the break


Ghana start the first period of extra-time

Full time

FULL-TIME: UNITED STATES 1-1 GHANA. Extra-time will follow here in Rustenburg

Yellow Card

Ayew is booked for tripping the advancing Altidore down the left wing


Three minutes will be added to this second half for stoppages but extra-time looks inevitable


DeMerit does well to muscle his man out of the way and head clear a dangerous cross with just seconds of normal time remaining


Play is condensed in the Ghana half but there's a real lack of guile on the part of both teams


Jonathan blocks a powerful shot from Donovan who looks like the one man on the pitch capable of that moment of magic needed to win this cagey game


Neither side is taking too many chances and this game looks to be heading for extra-time


Altidore holds off Mensah in a Titanic tussle but drags his eight-yard shot wide of the far post while slipping at the vital moment


Bocanegra does well to cut out Gyan's dangerous ball into the six-yard box as that could easily have ended in a disastrous own goal


Boateng limps off with a thigh problem in a major blow to Ghana. Stephen Appiah comes on


Bradley beats the offside trap and latches onto Altidore's pass but his left-foot shot is too close to Kingson who claims at full-stretch. That should have been 2-1 to the US


Gyan glances a hopeful header goalwards but that's simple for Howard who lets it drift behind


Ghana send on Lee Addy for Sarpei


Mensah is lucky to avoid a caution after making contact with Altidore with his elbow right under the referee's nose


Edu almost latches onto Altidore's through ball but Paintsil just does enough to put him off. The United States look the most likely to score again now

Yellow Card

Bocanegra is cautioned for a needless foul 30 yards out in a central position


Kingson goes feet first but wins a 50/50 with Altidore when the striker looked to be clean through on goal from a Donovan pass


Ghana have paid the price for sitting back on their lead. Are we going to find a winner in 90 minutes or is this heading to extra-time?


UNITED STATES 1-1 GHANA: DONOVAN finds the back of the net off the inside of the post with a textbook spot-kick

Yellow Card

Penalty to the US! Jonathan brings down Dempsey in the box and that's a stonewall penalty. Jonathan is booked for his troubles


Altidore pulls the ball down in the box but Feilhaber drills his lay-off straight into the first defender with a shot from the edge of the area


Demerit saves the US with a decisive touch on Ayew's cut-back looking to lay a second goal on for Asamoah Gyan following a swift break


Boateng hammers the ball upfield to ease the pressure on the Ghana defence but with no-one upfront it will come straight back


Mensah executes a perfect tackle to stop the run of Dempsey into the box. That could easily have resulted in a penalty but the tackle was precise


Donovan is next in line to deliver a dangerous ball into the box which is inches too strong for the arriving Dempsey on the back post. Ghana are sitting back now and that's a dangerous tactic


Bornstein's cute cross is pounced on by the keeper with Altidore on his heels and not anticipating the pass


Donovan's reverse pass almost plays in Bradley but the bounce of the ball takes it away from the midfielder and Ghana clear the danger


Boateng earns a blast from his team-mates for going for goal from an impossibly tight angle instead of sending over a cross. That was selfish from the Portsmouth man


The US have started the second half with some much-needed attacking intent and this game is far from over


Kingson denies Feilhaber from close range after Donovan crosses and Altidore lays off for the substitute


The United States kick-off the second half having sent on Benny Feilhaber for Findley

Half time



Cherundolo sends over a dangerous cross which drifts just too far ahead of Dempsey to convert in space on the back post


Ghana deserve their slender lead as they've been the better side but the US have improved as the half has progressed


Boateng back-heels into the path of Asamoah but he lashes an ambitious shot from the left corner of the box well high and wide


Bradley is starting to get on the ball more for the United States and that will please his coach and father, Bob, as the midfielder is a key player


Asamoah turned his ankle in that attack but will be fine to continue after brief treatment


Howard repeats the feat at the other end as Asamoah is allowed to run onto a simple through ball and lest the keeper with a left-foot drive from 15 yards


Findley is denied by the feet of the sprawling Kingson after a loose clearance leads to a US break. That's better from the States as they finally threaten for the first time


Ghana still look by far the most dangerous of the two teams and coach Milovan Rajevac will be happy with what he has seen so far


Donovan has looked out of sorts so far tonight and the US need him to spark if they are to turnaround this match


Maurice Edu comes on for Clark in an early American change. Bradley is clearly not happy with what he is seeing


Boateng drives straight at Howard from a central position 25 yards out and he looks really up for this tonight


Inkoom wastes a glorious opportunity as Boateng wins a 50/50 challenge and then pulls into acres of space in the box waiting for a cross which is horribly over-hit


Bradley has to give up a corner as he meets Samuel Inkoom's near-post cross with an important header


Donovan arrows over a dangerous free-kick but Kwandwo Asamoah gets up well to head clear the danger before Kingson is forced to claim Michael Bradley's follow up cross


Altidore tries unsuccessfully to bundle his way past three defenders and looks to have picked up a knock in the process


Tim Howard punches Asamoah Gyan's inswinging free-kick away from the danger zone with some decisive goalkeeping

Yellow Card

Steve Cherundolo is rightly booked for a cynical hack at the legs of the breaking Ayew who has wriggled free of his attention


Jonathan Mensah just gets enough on a header back to his keeper with Findey looking to latch on to any error


Donovan is close to playing in Robbie Findley with a clever through ball down the blind side of the last defender but Ghana escape with a warning


It's all Ghana as we approach the 15-minute mark in this match and US coach Bob Bradley looks a worried man


Dede Ayew pulls the ball back from acres of space down the left flank but the late arriving Boateng's 20-yard shot is well off target


There's no real pressure being put on the Ghana midfielders and the USA players will need to do better if they are to stay in this competition


Boateng looks up for this match as he sends over a dangerous near-post cross from an impossible angle which the US just about clear

Yellow Card

Ricardo Clark is booked for a rash late challenge in the centre circle


UNITED STATES 0-1 GHANA: KEVIN PRINCE-BOATENG'S first touch is an inch-perfect left-foot shot from the edge of the box which he squeezes between the diving keeper and the post. What a start!


Clint Dempsey tests the keeper with a rising shot with his left-foot from 20 yards which Richard Kingson palms down before claiming


The US are making all the early running as they dominate possession against a Ghana side wearing an unusual red and white striped change strip


Landon Donovan crosses early looking for Jozy Altidore but it's too far ahead of the big striker and rolls harmlessly out of play


Ghana kick-off this match to a huge roar from the crowd

Awaiting Kickoff

Four years ago Ghana beat the United States and knocked them out of the World Cup. Will history repeat itself tonight?

Awaiting Kickoff

There are no surprises in the respective starting line-ups with both coaches able to name full-strength sides

Awaiting Kickoff

Rustenburg is the setting for this knockout round game and perhaps unsurprisingly there are plenty of England fans inside the stadium as they were expected to win Group C

Awaiting Kickoff

United States against Ghana is the second last 16 game of the day as Group C winners take on Group D runners-up