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Headed effort from deep inside the area by Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Jay DeMerit from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Herculez Gomez takes a shot. Jonathan Mensah gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Landon Donovan, Richard Kingson makes a save.
Clinton Dempsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. John Mensah gets a block in.
Sulley Muntari takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Jay DeMerit.
Landon Donovan decides to take the corner short. The ball is delivered by Steve Cherundolo, Kwadwo Asamoah makes a clearance.
Samuel Inkoom leaves the field to be replaced by Sulley Muntari.
Andre Ayew is ruled offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Bornstein by Samuel Inkoom. Landon Donovan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save by Richard Kingson.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Appiah. John Pantsil takes the free kick.
John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Clinton Dempsey.
Unfair challenge on Samuel Inkoom by Landon Donovan results in a free kick. John Pantsil takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Appiah takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Michael Bradley manages to make a clearance.
Maurice Edu challenges Richard Kingson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Corner taken short by Landon Donovan.
Landon Donovan takes the free kick. Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Mensah.
Kwadwo Asamoah produces a cross, clearance made by Carlos Bocanegra. Corner taken left-footed by Kwadwo Asamoah, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Lee Addy goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
A goal is scored by Asamoah Gyan from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. USA 1-2 Ghana.Assist by Andre Ayew.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Samuel Inkoom. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Andre Ayew results in a free kick. Andre Ayew receives a caution. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Samuel Inkoom.
Jozy Altidore leaves the field to be replaced by Herculez Gomez.
Kwadwo Asamoah concedes a free kick for a foul on Benny Feilhaber. Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Samuel Inkoom. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Landon Donovan takes a shot. Jonathan Mensah gets a block in.
Andre Ayew crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Asamoah Gyan misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Jonathan Mensah on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Clinton Dempsey from the free kick.
Jozy Altidore produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
(Ghana) makes a substitution, with Stephen Appiah coming on for Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Michael Bradley takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Samuel Inkoom produces a cross, Asamoah Gyan has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.
Hans Sarpei leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Addy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Mensah on Jozy Altidore. Michael Bradley takes the free kick. Michael Bradley takes a shot. Jonathan Mensah gets a block in.
Foul by Carlos Bocanegra on Asamoah Gyan, free kick awarded. Carlos Bocanegra goes into the book. Strike on goal comes in from Kwadwo Asamoah from the free kick, Tim Howard makes a save.
Foul by Jonathan Mensah on Clinton Dempsey, Penalty awarded. Jonathan Mensah receives a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Landon Donovan and scored. USA 1-1 Ghana.The assist for the goal came from Clinton Dempsey.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Bornstein by Asamoah Gyan results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Benny Feilhaber takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Mensah.
Foul by John Pantsil on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Maurice Edu.
Corner taken by Landon Donovan played to the near post, John Mensah manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Kevin-Prince Boateng sends in a cross.
Benny Feilhaber takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a brilliant save.
A cross is delivered by Steve Cherundolo.
(USA) makes a substitution, with Benny Feilhaber coming on for Robbie Findley.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the right by-line, Jonathan Mensah manages to make a clearance.
Shot on goal by Kwadwo Asamoah from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Michael Bradley produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan by Anthony Annan. Landon Donovan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Jonathan Mensah manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Andre Ayew. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Andre Ayew takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Unfair challenge on Landon Donovan by Andre Ayew results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Robbie Findley takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
Anthony Annan concedes a free kick for a foul on Maurice Edu. Maurice Edu restarts play with the free kick.
Ricardo Clark leaves the field to be replaced by Maurice Edu.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jozy Altidore. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Centre by Kwadwo Asamoah.
Kwadwo Asamoah takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Michael Bradley manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Clark on Kwadwo Asamoah. Free kick taken by Hans Sarpei.
Michael Bradley sends in a cross, save by Richard Kingson.
Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Cherundolo. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Landon Donovan, Anthony Annan makes a clearance.
Clinton Dempsey fouled by Asamoah Gyan, the ref awards a free kick. Ricardo Clark takes the direct free kick.
John Pantsil fouled by Jozy Altidore, the ref awards a free kick. John Pantsil restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Carlos Bocanegra gets a block in.
Steve Cherundolo challenges Kevin-Prince Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Cherundolo receives a yellow card. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Asamoah Gyan, save by Tim Howard.
Shot from outside the box by Jozy Altidore misses to the left of the target.
Andre Ayew produces a cross, clearance by Jay DeMerit. Effort on goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Steve Cherundolo fouled by Andre Ayew, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Michael Bradley manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Ricardo Clark on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded. Ricardo Clark receives a yellow card. John Mensah restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin-Prince Boateng gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. USA 0-1 Ghana.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
Samuel Inkoom has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
The referee gives a free kick against Andre Ayew for handball. Free kick taken by Landon Donovan.
Robbie Findley is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
The game begins.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The whistle goes for the end of normal time.
The match restarts for the second half.
Second half of extra-time has started.
Extra time ends and the match is over.
Obama call inspires US confidence
United States coach Bob Bradley believes his team can go all the way to the World Cup final after receiving a team talk from President Barack Obama.
The president called the team on Thursday during dinner to wish them well in Saturday`s last 16 clash with Ghana at the Royal Bafokeng stadium.
Bradley, whose side finished top of Group C above England, said: "We were honoured before a big match to receive a call from President Obama and if we continue to build on the successes so far we can go to the end. That's what it is all about, but that has to be balanced with a concentration on each game.
"We try hard not to get ahead of ourselves but at the same time everybody has this idea that if everybody gives their best effort, if everybody puts everything they have into it and if things go our way then we can travel far."
As well as passing on his best wishes President Obama demonstrated he had been following the team's progress by asking how goalkeeper Tim Howard's ribs were recovering from the collision with Emile Heskey in their first match, a 1-1 draw against England. He also inquired about a cut to the face of Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.
Both will be fit to face Ghana, who will be flying a lone flag for Africa in the last 16 after finishing runners-up to Germany in Group D.
Bradley has no intentions of taking them lightly.
He said: "This Ghana team is well put together. Their coach has done a good job. The team is organised, has talented individuals and great athletic ability.
"They are dangerous because they have individual players who you think they are going to pass and at the last second they dribble.
"You think they are going to go left and they surprise you and go right. They have unpredictability. You are not always sure what they are going to do."
The same might be said of his own team who clinched their place in the last 16 with a stoppage-time winner against Algeria from their evergreen striker Landon Donovan.
The LA Galaxy star, who was on loan at Everton for part of last season, will be making his 127th appearance for his country, in which he has scored 44 goals.
He is one of the reasons Bradley believes his side cannot be seen as just a functional outfit. He insists they also have star quality.
Bradley said: "We have shown an ability to move the ball quickly and intelligently. We have some individuals who have made the special plays you need to win championships.
"We have never believed that all you need to do is to put on your work clothes. We are a team that works hard, is disciplined and is creative at the right moments. We try to put all those things together."
Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac warned the United States to expect "a 90-minute war."
Rajevac, whose side finished runners-up in Group D to Germany, said: "We are going to fight and do our utmost to get Ghana into the quarter finals. It will be difficult but we have a big opportunity.
"I am very proud of these boys. Their main strength is the unity of the team. We always play as a team and not as individuals and that's why we have managed to have success recently.
"The world likes good football and Ghana has a lot of supporters worldwide. I hope after the match Ghana has even more supporters worldwide. That would be a great satisfaction for us."
Defenders John Mensah and Jonathan Mensah have recovered from injuries but Isaac Vorsah is ruled out.
Rajevac, however, will not be taking the United States for granted.
The Serbian played in the US indoor soccer league as a contemporary of Pele, Johann Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer and he has a respect for the way in which the American game has progressed over the past three decades.
He said: "America has grown into a football superpower but it also has sports which are given more priority.
"But the football team play with strength and speed. You never know how to deal with them.
"In the last half an hour they increase the tempo and speed and it is difficult to match them. Until the final whistle you don't know how to deal with them.
"Slovenia scored two goals against them and in the end the USA still nearly won."
Gyan stunner sends Ghana through
Asamoah Gyan kept the African flag flying at the World Cup with a spectacular left-foot strike in extra-time to take Ghana through to their first quarter-final.
It was the second time in successive World Cups that Ghana had defeated the United States, having effectively dumped them out of the tournament four years ago by beating them in the final group game.
Gyan's goal, after 93 minutes, was worthy of winning any game after he outmuscled USA captain Carlos Bocanegra to blast his shot past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
It settled a contest that was level at full time after Landon Donovan's second-half penalty cancelled out a fifth-minute strike from Kevin-Prince Boateng.
It was just reward for Ghana's talent and power in a dramatic encounter at the Royal Bafokeng stadium and the sole surviving African nation must now fancy their chances of creating an even bigger ripple at this tournament, with Uruguay awaiting them in the last-eight.
Former president Bill Clinton had turned up to support the USA and was sitting for a time next to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, who might well have made his plans expecting England to have topped Group C and been playing down the road from their training headquarters.
The USA had stymied those plans by finishing first but it was clear they were going to be stretched by Ghana's pace.
The Black Stars could hardly have made a more stunning start.
Portsmouth's Boateng picked up the ball just inside his own half, slalomed past three defenders and unleashed a left-foot shot which flew past Howard.
It was Ghana's first goal at this World Cup from open play, having beaten Serbia and drawn with Australia in the group phase courtesy of two penalties.
But Boateng's strike demonstrated their firepower and they might have added to their lead with Gyan, who plays for French club Rennes, a constant threat.
So superior were Ghana in that first period that after 31 minutes a concerned USA coach Bob Bradley substituted midfielder Ricardo Clark, who had received an early booking, and brought on Maurice Edu.
The Americans picked up the tempo immediately and could have equalised after 35 minutes when Robbie Findley raced clear only to see his right-foot shot smartly saved by goalkeeper Richard Kingson.
The USA came out after half-time, however, with a more determined, more attacking attitude and the excellent Kingson was straight into the action, forced to pull off a splendid save from Benny Feilhaber.
With Fulham's Clint Dempsey at the heart of their good work the Americans surged forward and they received their reward after 62 minutes.
Dempsey was the architect, weaving his way through the Ghana defence into the penalty area where he drew the challenge and was brought down by defender Jonathan Mensah.
Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai pointed to the spot and Los Angeles Galaxy's Donovan stepped up to slide home his third goal in four matches.
The USA dream appeared back on, especially as they are a team who make a habit of stirring comebacks.
They had their chances. Jozy Altidore might have done better when clear after 80 minutes but he spooned his effort wide under pressure from a defender.
So to a frantic extra-time and Gyan's stunning strike which sent the USA home and Ghana into ecstasy.
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