Ghana v USA, 16 June 2014

Score2-1 to USA
RefereeJonas Eriksson
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group G
VenueArena das Dunas
Attendance39,760
Kick-off 7.00pm local (11.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey (United States) Assistant referees: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden) Fourth official: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) Fifth official: Aden Marwa (Kenya) The two teams had met in three previous matches, including twice in World Cup in 2006 and 2010, where both times Ghana beat United States 2–1. The 2006 FIFA World Cup encounter was in their last group stage match, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup encounter was in the round of 16 final where Ghana won again, which in both occasions, eliminated United States from those previous World Cups. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the United States within 29 seconds (the fifth fastest goal in the history of the World Cup), as he received the ball from Jermaine Jones, dribbled past John Boye and shot into the far corner. The lead lasted until the 82nd minute, when Asamoah Gyan's back-heel set up André Ayew to score. However, the United States scored the game-winning goal four minutes later, when half-time substitute John Brooks headed in Graham Zusi's corner. The American victory was marred by an injury to Jozy Altidore, leaving the match in the 21st minute with a strained left hamstring. Dempsey's goal was officially timed by FIFA at 30 seconds after kick-off, the fifth fastest in World Cup history, and the fastest by an American player. He also became the first American player to score in three World Cups. DaMarcus Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups. Brooks became the first American substitute ever to score in a World Cup.

1  Ghana

Manager: Akwasi Appiah

2  USA

Manager: Jürgen Klinsmann

Goals:

André Ayew 82 G

Goals:

Clint Dempsey 1 G
John Brooks 86 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey
Defender John Boye
Defender Jonathan Mensah
Defender Daniel Opare
Midfielder Christian Atsu
Midfielder Sulley Muntari
Midfielder Mohammed Rabiu
Midfielder/Forward André Ayew
Forward Kwadwo Asamoah
Forward Jordan Ayew
Forward Asamoah Gyan (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Defender Matt Besler
Defender/Midfielder Geoff Cameron
Defender/Midfielder Fabian Johnson
Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley
Midfielder Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya
Midfielder Michael Bradley
Midfielder Jermaine Jones
Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey (captain)
Forward Jozy Altidore

Substitutions:

Kevin-Prince Boateng for Jordan Ayew 59
Michael Essien for Mohammed Rabiu 71
Albert Adomah for Christian Atsu 78

Substitutions:

Aron Jóhannsson for Jozy Altidore 23
John Brooks for Matt Besler 46
Graham Zusi for Alejandro Bedoya 77

Cards:

Mohammed Rabiu 30 Y
Sulley Muntari 90 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Stephen Adams
Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda
Defender Harrison Afful
Defender Samuel Inkoom
Defender Rashid Sumaila
Midfielder Afriyie Acquah
Midfielder Albert Adomah
Midfielder Michael Essien
Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso
Forward Majeed Waris

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando
Defender John Brooks
Defender Timmy Chandler
Defender Omar González
Defender DeAndre Yedlin
Defender/Midfielder Graham Zusi
Midfielder Brad Davis
Midfielder Mix Diskerud
Forward Julian Green