USA vs Ghana, for the second time in consecutive World Cups the two meet on the field and tried to outwit one another. In both of those World Cups there is only one winner, with the same score so to say, 2-1. The winner of the two games, Ghana.
It was an early lead for Ghana when the match starts, Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg. Attended by 34,976, this game had been one of the most anticipated and heart pounding in the World Cup. Ghana began the attack early and by the 4th minute Kevin-Prince Boateng made the first goal for Ghana.
The defense of Ghana was strong combined with their desire to uphold all of the African teams who were eliminated during the group preliminaries. One of the players of Ghana said that they are not only representing their country but also the whole African continent.
It was a fierce battle and then the USA break lose in the 61st minute as the miracle man in the previous game made a goal. Landon Donovan's goal was the first in many failed goal opportunities in the USA vs Ghana game.
By the end of the official game time the scored was tie at 1-1. The rules of FIFA for the World Cup 2010 allows for 2 overtime of 15 minutes for each team until the tie is broken. There would also be no "Golden Goal" or "Sudden Death". This means that if a team scores the first goal of the overtime, the clock will not stop there but it will continue for the rest of the 15 minutes. If the two teams are still tied after 2 overtimes or a total of 30 minutes then penalty kicks are given to break the tie.
“We felt like we had a great opportunity,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “We just gave ourselves too much of a mountain to climb. We just couldn’t come back.”
For Africa and most especially for Ghana it was a taste of one of their greatest victories ever.
Ghana became the only African team to advance past the first round of World Cup 2010 in South Africa, as they also eliminated USA for two consecutive World Cups. Ghana joins Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002 as the only African teams to reach the quarter-finals.
Ghana will compete with Uruguay on the quarter-finals on Friday and if they win they would become the only African team to reach the semis. The United States has not reached the semi-finals since the World Cup began in 1930.
Congratulations to Ghana and good luck on your match with Uruguay! Personally I hope that it would be Brazil vs Ghana.
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