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Travel to Ghana Ghana vs Travel to USA USA in Natal.

Match Preview

Ghana and USA are making a habit of meeting each other in the World Cup Finals; with Ghana claiming victory at South Africa 2010 and Germany 2006.

The Nuremberg, Group E win (2:1) meant that Ghana advanced to the last 16.

In Rustenberg, the two teams competed in a Second Round match. Another (2:1) victory, this time after extra-time, meant that Ghana become the third African team to reach a World Cup quarter-finals.

The Match

Most of the pictures coming out of Natal before the match were the result of nature; homes ruined by torrential rains.

Goalscorers 0:1
USA made their statement of intent in the first minute; as Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal of the tournament, to put the Americans in the driving seat

Goalscorers 1:1
Ghana never looked likely to repeat their previous victories over USA at the World Cup Finals until Andre Ayew gave them a slimmer of hope in the 82nd minute.

Goalscorers 1:2
Ghana's hope of securing at least a point from the game were dashed, just two minutes later, when John Anthony Brooks headed Graham Zusi's cross past Adam Kwarasey.

A win for USA against Portugal on Sunday would see the United States qualify for the knockout stage and Portugal book their flight tickets home.

Final Score: Ghana 1 - USA 2

0:1 - Clint Dempsey (1 min)
1:1 - Andre Ayew (82 mins)
1:2 - John Anthony Brooks (84 mins)


Travel to Ghana Ghana:
12-Adam Kwarasey; 4-Daniel Opare, 19-Jonathan Mensah, 21-John Boye, 20-Kwadwo Asamoah; 7-Christian Atsu, 17-Mohammed Rabiu, 11-Sulley Muntari, 10-Andre Ayew; 13-Jordan Ayew, 3- Asamoah Gyan.

Travel to USA USA:
1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 15-Kyle Beckerman; 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Jonas Eriksson - Sweden Travel to Sweden

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
30 mins - Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana)
90+2 mins - Sulley Muntari (Ghana)

Travel to Germany Germany vs Portugal Travel to Portugal

The Road to Rio

2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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