Ahead of Ghana’s World Cup opener against the United States on Monday in Natal, we look back to two exciting meetings between both sides.
The Black Stars have won both previous duels against the Americans with victories in 2006 and 2010.
Ghana’s first victory came in the 2006 World Cup in Nuremberg, Germany with Haminu Draman and captain Stephen Appiah scoring for the Black Stars while Clint Dempsey got the consolation for the U.S.
The recent win at the 2010 finals in South Africa four years ago saw Kevin-Prince Boateng score his debut Ghana goal to put the Black Stars in the lead but that was canceled out by Landon Donovan. Asamoah Gyan scored the decisive match winner in extra-time in Rustenburg.
The first encounter
Ghana 2-1 USA , 22 June 2006 in Nurumberg
Ghana line up: R. Kingson, J. Mensah, I. Shilla, M. Essien, D. Boateng/O. Addo, S. Appiah, H. Mohammed, M. Amoah/E. Addo, J. Paintsil, R. Pimpong, H. Draman/A. Tachie-Mensah
Ratomir DUJKOVIC (SRB)
Haminu DRAMAN (GHA) 22′
Clint DEMPSEY (USA) 43′
Stephen APPIAH (GHA) 45’+2 Penalty goal
The second encounter
USA 1-2 Ghana 26 June 2010 in Rustenburg
Ghana line up: R. Kingson, H. Sarpei/L. Addy, A. Gyan, J. Paintsil, J. Mensah, A. Annan, S. Inkoom/Sulley Muntari, Jonathan Mensah, A. Ayew, K. Asamoah, K.P. Boateng/S. Appiah
Milovan RAJEVAC (SRB)
Kevin Prince BOATENG (GHA) 5′
Landon DONOVAN (USA) 62′ Penalty goal
Asamoah GYAN (GHA) 93′