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Ghana 2-1 USA
Thursday, 22 June 2006


H Dramani 22
S Appiah 45 (pen)


C Dempsey 43


M Essien 5yellow card
I Shilla 32yellow card
J Mensah 81yellow card
S Appiah 90yellow card


E Lewis 7yellow card



45% 55%

Shots on target

4 4

Shots off target

6 6


2 6


30 15


  • 22 R Kingston
  • 05 J Mensah yellow card
  • 15 J Pantsil
  • 07 I Shilla yellow card
  • 13 H Mohamed
  • 10 S Appiah yellow card
  • 08 M Essien yellow card
  • 23 H Dramani (80 A Tachie-Mensah )
  • 09 D Boateng (45 O Addo )
  • 14 M Amoah (59 E Addo )
  • 19 R Pimpong


  • 18 E Addo,
  • 20 O Addo,
  • 01 S Adjei,
  • 21 I Ahmed,
  • 04 S Kuffour,
  • 16 G Owu,
  • 06 E Pappoe,
  • 17 D Quaye,
  • 02 H Sarpei,
  • 12 A Tachie-Mensah


  • 18 K Keller
  • 22 O Onyewu
  • 13 J Conrad
  • 06 S Cherundolo (60 E Johnson )
  • 03 C Bocanegra
  • 08 C Dempsey
  • 10 C Reyna (40 B Olsen )
  • 07 E Lewis yellow card (74 B Convey )
  • 17 D Beasley
  • 21 L Donovan
  • 20 B McBride


  • 02 C Albright,
  • 12 G Berhalter,
  • 11 B Ching,
  • 15 B Convey,
  • 19 M Hahnemann,
  • 01 T Howard,
  • 09 E Johnson,
  • 05 J O'Brien,
  • 14 B Olsen,
  • 16 J Wolff

Ref: Markus Merk
Att: 41000


"In the villages and towns people will be outside cheering this result, it is amazing feeling for them, very very special. I expect them to create something good in the next round and I think they can do it against Brazil."
BBC Sport analyst Marcel Desailly

"What impresses me is their togetherness. They stuck together when they were down and out and that shows what character they have."
BBC Sport analyst Alan Shearer

FULL TIME: Ghana surge into the last 16. It is a sensational result. The players have taken off their shirts are celebrating with the thousands of fans who have turned up in the stadium in Nuremberg.

93 mins: John Mensah is the latest Ghana player to writhe around on the ground after what seemed like innocuous challenge from Landon Donovan. He does not stay down for too long. There are two more minutes of added time.

90 mins: USA are pressuring the Ghana defence, but cannot find a way though. Brian McBride nods down for Landon Donovan but his shot on the edge of the area is bloked.

86 mins: Ghana's Razak Pimpong needs treatment after what seemed like an innocuous challenge.

Italy take a 2-0 lead over the Czech Republic thanks to Filippo Inzagi goal. They are definitely through. It looks like Ghana will join them.

84 mins: Carlos Bocanegra heads Bobby Convey's free-kick from the left over the bar from six yards out.

"The USA supporters sense they can take something from this game but are becoming increasingly frustrated by what they see as time-wasting by the Ghana team."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher (aka Fletch) in Nuremberg

81 mins: Ghana's John Mensah pushes Bobby Convey to the ground and picks up a yellow card. Landon Donovan wastes the free-kick from the left-hand edge of the area. USA coach Bruce Arena is a picture.

80 mins: Ghana's Alex Tashi-Mensah comes on for goalscorer Haminu Dramani.

79 mins: USA are finding it difficult to come up with fresh ideas of how to break down this stubborn Ghana team. Time is running out for Bruce Arena's men.

74 mins: Reading's Bobby Convey comes on for Eddie Lewis as USA look to make a final push.

73 mins: Stephen Appiah's goalbound stinging shot from just inside the area bounces off the calf of Jimmy Conrad.

Italy still lead the Czechs 1-0. As things stand, Ghana will qualify along with the Italians.

68 mins: Landon Donovan delivers a fantastic corner from the left but Oguchi Onyewu can only power his header over the bar.

67 mins: Brian McBride strikes the post with a header from four yards after great wing play from Eddie Lewis on the right.

61 mins: Eddie Johnson of the Kansas City Wizards (influenced by the Wizard of Oz?) comes on for USA team-mate Steve Cherundolo.

60 mins: Ghana's Eric Addo comes on for Matthew Amoah. Addo returns after eight years in the international wilderness - wherever that is.

57 mins: John Mensah misses the ball with his head by inches. Had he made contact with the cross it would have almost certainly been 3-1.

56 mins: Matthew Amoah tests USA keeper Kasey Keller with a vicious strike from 25 yards. Keller parries the ball to safety.

53 mins: Brian McBride slips as a USA free-kick comes in. Had he stayed on his feet then he would have had a clear shot. Goalscorer Haminu Dramani is stretchered off to get treatment.

52 mins: As things stand, USA need to beat Ghana to qualify at the expense of their African opponents.

48 mins: Ghana's Michael Essien falls under the challenge of Carlos Bocanegra.

1607 BST: Ghana kick off the second half. They make a substitution with Otto Addo coming on for Derek Boateng.

"Boos rang out around the stadium in Nuremberg as Stephen Appiah celebrated scoring from the penalty spot. Except, that was, from the Ghana fans, who were singing and dancing once more."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher (aka Fletch) in Nuremberg

HALF-TIME: As things stand Ghana will go through to the last 16 with Italy. But following a dramatic final five minutes, who knows how Group E will finish in just under an hour's time.

45 mins + 2: GOAL Ghana 2-1 USA
Stephen Appiah scores from a penalty to give Ghana the lead before half-time. Oguchi was adjudged to have fouled Razak Pimpong. The decision from referee Markus Merk was met with jeers from the USA supporters - it was debatable to say the least.

43 mins: GOAL Ghana 1-1 USA
Clint Dempsey equalises for USA. DaMarcus Beasley stole the ball from Derek Boatend to fired in a superb low ball into the path of Dempsey who bulleted the ball past keeper Richard Kingston.

40 mins: Ben Olsen comes on for Claudio Reyna who seemed to be still suffering from the knee injury he picked up when Ghana scored in the 22nd minute.

"Many American fans loaded up on popcorn and beverages before the match started and seemed to find their voice early on.

The dominant sound now, however, is the constant drumming from the Ghanaians, who are very pleased with how the match is going. An American fan to my right tried to start some 'USA' chanting but failed miserably to generate any support."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher (aka Fletch) in Nuremberg

35 mins: Brian McBride nods the ball down for Landon Donovan who blazes his shot from 20 yards high and wide of the Ghana goal.

33 mins: Shilla Illiasu fouls Clint Dempsey and picks up a yellow card for his efforts.

29 mins: Razak Pimpong is put through by Michael Essien, but the striker sends the ball wide of Kasey Keller's left-hand upright.

Italy take the lead thanks to Marco Materazzi. As things stand, Italy and Ghana go through to the last 16.

27 mins: Claudio Reyna comes back on.

22 mins: GOAL Ghana 1-0 USA
Haminu Dramani scores to put Ghana in the lead. The forward dispossessed USA's Claudio Reyna at the edge of the area and ran in from the left edge of the area to slot the ball past Kasey Keller. Reyna has to be stretchered off as a result of the challenge.

20 mins: Haminu Dramani's ball has to be cleared for a corner by USA's Jimmy Conrad with Stephen Appiah lurking in the six-yard area.

17 mins: Clint Dempsey directs a free header from a corner into the hands of keeper Richard Kingson.

15 mins: Neither team has settled down - understandable, with the stakes so high.

13 mins: A ball from USA's Carlos Bocanegra is played into the area but Brian McBride fails to get a toe to it. However, the linesman had already flagged for offside.

8 mins: Stephen Appiah sets up Michael Essien with a low ball from a free-kick. But the Chelsea star fails to hit the target by at least six yards.

7 mins: Referee Markus Merk hands out a yellow to Eddie Lewis for handball. The official appears to be in a trigger-happy mood.

6 mins: Michael Essien tackles Claudio Reyna and is booked. He will miss the next match if Ghana progress.

3 mins: Ghana are stretched after Steve Cherundolo's ball finds Eddie Lewis' head. The bal across the goal is cleared by John Mensah.

1500 BST: USA kick off the match.


1455 BST: The teams line up for their national anthems. There is tension in the air in the Franken-Stadion.

1451 BST: Both teams wait in the tunnel knowing that only a win, or maybe a draw for Ghana, can give them any chance of securing a place in the last 16.

1440 BST: "It is an overcast afternoon in Nuremberg as both teams go through their pre-match warm-up routines. The weather is a lot cooler than it has been but it is still quite humid.

There has been the odd chant of 'USA,USA' but the American fans are here more in hope than expectation.

The small contingent of Ghana supporters are already singing and dancing and seem confident of making it through to the second round."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher (aka Fletch) in Nuremberg

"I'm proud of my boys - they played very well against the Czech Republic and I expect them to play equally well today. I live in America, but the odds favour Ghana - although they are not my odds! I'll be trapped in a plane when the match is on, which is very sad."
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (of Ghana)

Ghana forward Razak Pimpong replaces the suspended Asamoah Gyan while Derek Boateng takes the place of Sulley Muntari in midfield.

USA recall Eddie Lewis and DeMarcus Beasley, replacing Pablo Mastroeni and Eddie Pope, who are both serving suspensions.


Ghana: Kingston, Mensah, Pantsil, Shilla, Mohamed, Appiah, Essien, Dramani, Boateng, Amoah, Pimpong.
Subs: Eric Addo, Otto Addo, Adjei, Ahmed, Kuffour, Owu, Pappoe, Quaye, Sarpei, Tachie-Mensah.

USA: Keller, Onyewu, Conrad, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Dempsey, Reyna, Lewis, Beasley, Donovan, McBride.
Subs: Albright, Berhalter, Ching, Convey, Hahnemann, Howard, Johnson, O'Brien, Olsen, Wolff.

Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

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