Full time: Ghana 1-2 United States
The referee blows his final whistle
90+5 It's almost over. Ghana are will be dejected by the manner of that defeat.
90+3 A hopeless volley from Sulley Muntari goes high over.
90+2' Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari is booked for a challenge on Dempsey.
90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time.
88' Ghana are intensifying their attacks in the dying minutes. They are very unlucky to concede from a set piece.
86' Substitute John Anthony Brooks towers unmarked to head home a corner, breaking the heart of the Ghanaians who had been in control of the match.
86' GOAL FOR THE US!!
United States' John Brooks, second from left, scores his side's second goal (AP)
86' The last five minutes will be very interesting.
84' Ghana waste a chance to add the second!! Ayew runs onto a through pass on the left and pulls the ball back to Essien but the defence clears.
82' The Black stars finally make their pressure count as Andre Ayew scores!! Asamoah's deft pass is superbly back-heeled by Gyan into the path of the onrushing Ayew, who fires home past Tim Howard for the precious equaliser.
82' GOAL FOR GHANA!!
Ghana's Andre Ayew (10), right, scores his side's first goal past United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard, top (Photo: AP)
79' After some fine work from US striker Aron Johannsson, Dempsey sees his shot saved by Ghana keeper Adam Kwarasey.
79' Time is running out for the Black Stars to at least secure a share of spoils.
78' Ghana also make their final substitution. Christian Atsu is replaced with Albert Adomah.
77' The US make their third and final substitution. Alejandro Bedoya is replaced with Graham Zusi.
76' Andre Ayew fails to make the most of a superb cross from left-back Asamoah!
74' Ghana are struggling in the final third. The US rock-solid defence is blocking all efforts.
71' Ghana make their second substitution. Veteran midfielder Michael Essien replaces Mohammed Rabiu.
69' An American corner eludes Adam Kwarasey but no US forward is on hand to nod in the ball at the far post.
68' Kevin-Prince Boateng, needlessly, skies his shot way up to the stands!
65' Kwadow Asamoah's deflected shot goes into the safe hands of Tim Howard. Ghana are trying long-range shots from everywhere!
64' Ghana continues to waste chances! His shot from inside the area is deflected for a corner.
63' At the other end, in a rare attempt by the US, Jermaine Jones's long-range shot is parried by the keeper.
62' Atsu sends a curling shot that goes over the crossbar.
60' Ghana have the upper hand in terms of possession and goal-scoring chances. But they still need the killer instinct.
59' Ghana make their first substitution. Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng replaces Jordan Ayew.
58' Another chance for Gyan!! Tim Howard superbly saves a powerful header from the burly striker.
55' What a chance for Ghana! Gyan rises unmarked but heads a cross over the bar with the goal at his mercy!
55' Sulley Muntari sends a piledriver that narrowly misses the target.
54' Ghana need to up their tempo on the break if they are to catch the US defence off-guard.
52' Atsu cuts inside from the right but his eventual shot flies high over.
49' Ghana are still trying to penetrate the US defence on the right flank, where Atsu and Daniel Opare make marauding runs.
48' The US are likely to adopt a cautious approach to the second half to defend their slender advantage.
47' A long ball by Muntari is handled by Tim Howard. Ghana's repeated long balls are largely ineffective.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his half-time whistle
45+5 In Ghana's last first-half effort, they squander a golden opportunity! Jordan Ayew is found unmarked by an Atsu cross but his mis-hit shot fails to trouble the US defence.
45+2 Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari argues with US midfielder Jermaine Jones after both tangled for the ball.
45' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time.
45' Adam Kwarasey tips a US free-kick out for a corner.
44' Ghana are struggling to find a way past a steadfast US defence well marshalled by Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron.
42' The US threaten Ghana on the break! But Johannsson's subsequent shot is cleared by the defence.
39' A Gyan header goes wide following a cross from Atsu.
38' Ghana lay siege to the US area, but goal-scoring opportunities are still at a premium.
36' Dempsey is back on the pitch, to the relief of Juergen Klinsmann who can hardly afford another unscripted substitution.
Clint Dempsey of the U.S. lies on the pitch injured after being knocked in the face by Ghana's John Boye (not pictured) (Reuters)
33' Goal-scorer Dempsey receives treatment for a nose bleed after he was caught by Boye's arm.
32' Another long-range shot from Ghana causes trouble for the Americans! Gyan's powerful drive is blocked by a diving save from Tim Howard.
30' Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu receives a yellow card for catching Kyle Beckerman in the face with a flailing arm.
29' Atsu goes close! His curling first-timer from the edge of the area flies just wide!
27' Daniel Opare's cross from the right is cleared by the US defence as Ghana intensify their raids down the right.
26' US midfielder Alejandro Bedoya lets fly from distance but his shot misses the target.
24' John Boye poorly heads wide a corner at the far post.
23' Altidore won't be able to carry on. He is replaced with Aron Johannsson for the US first substitution.
United States' Jozy Altidore grimaces after pulling up injured (Photo: AP)
21' Altidore looks to have hurt his hamstring after fighting for the ball with Ghana defender John Boye.
20' The US squander a golden opportunity to add the second! A low cross from Fabian Johnson from the right finds the unmarked Altidore, whose close-range shot is blocked by the defence.
18' A Ghanaian cross from the right goes begging at the far post! Ghana look capable of equalising.
15' US keeper Tim Howard rushes out to thwart striker Gyan, who runs onto a superb defence-splitting pass.
13' A Jordan Ayew cross from the same right flank is cleared by the US backline.
12' Atsu is causing menace to the US defence. He makes some lively twists and turns down the right.
10' Christian Atsu makes a darting run down the right and skips past his marker but his pass is intercepted by the US defence.
8' It's an end-to-end game!
7' At the other end, Jozy Altidore towers above the defence to meet a left-wing cross but he fails to direct his header goalwards.
6' A floated Ghana free-kick is headed wide by a Ghanaian forward.
5' Dempsey's strike is the fastest goal at this year's World Cup.
4' The US make an explosive start to stun the Black Stars.
1' Clint Dempsey opens the scoring after 30 seconds!! He receives a pass from on the left and skips past Ghana's John Boye before firing a low shot into the far bottom corner of the net. A dream start for the Americans!
1 GOAL FOR UNITED STATES!!
United States' Clint Dempsey, center, scores the opening goal past (AP)
The match is underway
00:45 Fifteen minutes remaining before kick-off. We hope this match would be much more interesting than Nigeria's drab 0-0 draw with Iran!
00:30 United States coach Juergen Klinsmann selected defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman to play in front of his backline and allow the attacking trio of Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore to push forward.
00:20 DaMarcus Beasley is set to become the first American to play in four World Cups. He played in 2002, 2006, 2010 and is set to start today.
00:10 Both sides hope to claim the full points of the game before playing European giants Germany and the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo.
US starting XI:
Tim Howard –Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley - Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Alejandro Bedoya, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson.
23:35 Appiah relies on a younger and lively formation to match US pace.
23:15 Coach Kwesi Appiah axed Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng while Christian Atsu and Jordan Ayew have been handed starting roles.
23:10 The Ghana FA official website announces the starting eleven of the Black Stars. It comes as follows:
Adam Kwarasey - Daniel Opare, Kwadwo Asamoah, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye - Rabiu Mohammed, Christian Atsu, Sulley Muntari - Jordan Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew.
23:00 US coach Juergen Klinsmann has kept his feet on thr ground saying it is unrealistic to talk about the title but he aims to survive the group stage.
22:45 US will be seeking revenge after losing to Ghana in round 16 in the World Cup 2010
Arena das Dunas (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte)
Referee: J. Eriksson (Sweden)
Assistants: M. Klasenius (Sweden), D. Warnmark (Sweden)
Fourth official: N. Hauata (Tahiti)
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