Kwadwo Asamoah and Ghana leave themselves an uphill task: at the third time of asking – following defeats against the same opposition in the two last World Cups – the United States have finally managed to beat the Black Stars.
Natal's Arena das Dunas played host to a hard-fought match right from the first whistle last night. Two of Group G's sides gave everything to prevail out there. It was the United States who took the lead just 31 seconds in (the fastest goal of the 2014 World Cup) with a strike from Clint Dempsey. Ghana levelled on 82 minutes through André Ayew following a host of chances but they weren't celebrating for long as the US regained the lead through John Brooks just four minutes later. The game ended Ghana 1-2 United States and it was Klinsmann's side who went away with all three points.
Despite the defeat, Ghana put in a good performance, as did Bianconeri star Kwadwo Asamoah. The Juventus man, winning his 63rd cap, played his team-mates in on three occasions, creating the second highest number of chances for his side. He also topped the charts in dribbling and for his 56 total passes. Only Mensah bettered him when it came to finding his team-mates.
The United States were knocked out of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups by Ghana. Both matches ended 2-1 in favour of the Africans.
Asamoah and the Black Stars will be next in action against Germany, who thumped Portugal 4-0 last night: Ghana play the three-time winners on Saturday 21 June at 9 pm CEST.