USA was Ghana’d in a nail-biting Round of 16 match watched by Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger at Rustenburg, Ghana started strong attacking the Americans from the onset. They kept the American defence on the back foot.
Boateng intercepted the ball at the centre line, sprinting all the way to beat Tim Howard with a hard and low shot in the 6th minutes.
Dede Ayew and Boateng kept the US guessing as they pushed forward. The US, to their credit did not lose shape or discipline, confining Ghana to long-range attempts at goal. They had chances of their own, Kingson saving a 1 versus 1 situation.
Ghana did not rest on their laurels as they had Howard to thank as he, like Kingson, saved a sure goal by his right foot. They were first to the ball and intercepted well in midfield. John Mensah was solid in defence thwarting Donovan and Dempsey regularly.
Bob Bradley, who had made a first half substitution, made another at the beginning of the second. The USA took the game to the Africans, Kingson making a point-blank range attempt. The worries for Ghana increased with Bradley running his socks off. Ghana defended with their lives as US sought the equaliser.
The USA got a penalty in the 61st minute tha London Donovan converted. Ghana woke up from slumber seeking to regain control of the proceedings. They applied the pressure in dying minutes of the 90 minutes.
Samoah Gyan ran onto a long ball between two American defenders who pushed and shoved him, but let loose a canon past a sprawling Tim Howard from his left foot despite struggling for balance in the 4th minute of extra time.
The extra time second half started with pace, Ghana conducting the orchestra from midfield. Both teams pushed for a goal but the Africans held fort well to preserve their lead.
USA played a nice and disciplined type of football, their coaching earning a lot of my respect. H e had working plans for all the Americans’ games. I will surely miss them