Ghana v USA, 22 June 2006

Score2-1 to Ghana
RefereeMarkus Merk
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group E
VenueFrankenstadion, Nurnberg
Attendance41,000
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) Assistant referees: Christian Schraer (Germany) Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany) Fourth official: Toru Kamikawa (Japan) Fifth official: Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan) Man of the Match: Stephen Appiah (Ghana) Ghana and USA have met only twice before. The games were played in 1983 and Ghana won both games - 1-0 and 5-0.

2  Ghana

Manager: Ratomir Dujkovic

1  USA

Manager: Bruce Arena

Goals:

Haminu Dramani 22 G
Stephan Appiah penalty 45 P

Goals:

Clint Dempsey 43 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Richard Kingson
Defender Shilla Illiasu
Defender John Mensah
Defender Habib Mohammed
Defender/Midfielder John Pantsil
Midfielder Stephan Appiah (captain)
Midfielder Haminu Dramani
Midfielder Michael Essien
Midfielder/Forward Derek Boateng
Forward Matthew Amoah
Forward Razak Pimpong

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller
Defender Jimmy Conrad
Defender Oguchi Onyewu
Defender/Centre back Carlos Bocanegra
Defender/Midfielder Steve Cherundolo
Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley
Midfielder Landon Donovan
Midfielder Eddie Lewis
Midfielder Claudio Reyna (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey
Forward Brian McBride

Substitutions:

Otto Addo for Derek Boateng 46
Eric Addo for Matthew Amoah 59
Alex Tachie-Mensah for Haminu Dramani 80

Substitutions:

Ben Olsen for Claudio Reyna 40
Eddie Johnson for Steve Cherundolo 61
Bobby Convey for Eddie Lewis 74

Cards:

Michael Essien 5 Y
Shilla Illiasu 32 Y
John Mensah 81 Y
Stephan Appiah 90 Y

Cards:

Eddie Lewis 7 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sammy Adjei
Goalkeeper George Owu
Defender Emmanuel Pappoe
Defender Dan Quaye
Defender/Centre back Eric Addo
Defender/Centre back Samuel Osei Kuffour
Midfielder Otto Addo
Midfielder Sulley Muntari
Midfielder Hans Sarpei
Forward Asamoah Gyan

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann
Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Defender Chris Albright
Defender Eddie Pope
Defender/Centre back Gregg Berhalter
Midfielder Bobby Convey
Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni
Midfielder John O'Brien
Midfielder Ben Olsen
Forward Brian Ching
Forward Eddie Johnson
Forward Josh Wolff

Comments:

At their first World Cup finals, Ghana finish as runners-up in Group E to become the sixth nation from Africa to qualify for the knockout stages. Due to receiving his second yellow card of the tournament, Michael Essien will miss Ghana's Round of 16 game. With an age of 23 years and 352 days, Ghana's starting line-up was the youngest of the 2006 World Cup. The three youngest starting line-ups have all been fielded by Ghana.

Comments:

USA finish bottom of Group E. Clint Dempsey's equaliser was the 100th goal of the Germany 2006 tournament.