BBC Sport world-cup-2010


USA 1-2 Ghana (aet)

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 17:38 Commentary  

    To slightly paraphrase Elton John, Suarez seems to be hardest word for South Korea. If there was any distance-tracking software attached to Park Ji-Sung's team, then it's probably close to blowing up such was the amount of running around the shambolic grazing field that is the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. However, it's time to head from the Garden Route and up to the platinum mines of Rustenburg where Engla...I mean Group C winners USA take on Group D runners-up Ghana. 

  2. 17:40 Commentary  

    I'm Pranav Soneji, welcome to the second match of the World Cup last-16, or more specifically the match millions of England fans expected to be crammed around various huge screens shouting various advice/expletives/encouragement at Fabio Capello's side or inside the impressive Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. However, Landon Donovan clearly didn't read the distinctly English script, ripping it to shreds courtesy of his injury-time winner against Algeria. In their way stand Ghana, a team 18 places below them in Fifa's world rankings and the only African representation left in the tournament. I think I know who the locals might be cheering for.

  3. 17:47 Commentary  

    As my colleague Jonathan Stevenson neatly summised during the build-up to Uruguay's win over South Korea, the deal is thus: 90 minutes of action, then 30 minutes of extra-time (no silver/golden goals), then a penalty shootout. No overtime in this sport.

  4. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Bismark Kofi Kuyole in Ghana: "The USA are in trouble. They can't stand the skill of the Black Stars. I prayed for Ghana to place second and avoid a possible Argentina quarter-final and I have it. Ghana will play in the semi-final at least - but the cup belongs to Maradona's Argentina."

  5. 17:53 Commentary  

    Chat: i) A tasty Indian snack, or ii) your opportunity to share your news and views on this website with the rest of the world. Your recipe for success is Tweeting the BBC World Cup group, sending texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and via the 606 page. Put it all together et voila! Haute football.

  6. 17:57 Commentary  

    England midfielder Steven Gerrard is currently chatting to the media in Bloemfontein. "It's only a matter of time before Wayne scores - and hopefully that's tomorrow. He's looking really sharp in training." Wayne being Rooney, obviously.

  7. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    From Twitter: "Spoken to some Ghana and US journalists. They all seem to be feeling pretty confident. Nasty shock in for one lot then."

  8. 18:08 Commentary  

    "I know my team, probably you know the same," said England boss Fabio Capello.  "You know the first 10 players that will play except for one."  The "one" looks like the centre-back gap - who will partner John Terry in the heart of defence?  Jamie Carragher returns from suspension, while Ledley King has recovered from a groin strain and Matthew Upson, who played in the 1-0 win over Slovenia, is also vying for contention.  I have a sneaky feeling we'll be seeing the King-Terry partnership at the Free State Stadium.  Thoughts? 

  9. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    At the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg: "Just watched quite a few of the Ghana players arrive. If they were any more relaxed they would not be standing up."

  10. 18:14 Commentary  

    The Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein is 1,400 metres above sea level, so expect much-lamented Jabulani ball to travel a little further through the thinner air.  Expect a good number of the 41,000 seats in the stadium to be filled by a large contingent of England fans, although their German counterparts are just as vociferous when it comes to following their team.   

  11. 606  

    Typicalgermans: "I've got a feeling Capello will go with King alongside Terry as that was his first option after Rio got injured. However, in my opinion he should go with Upson, he looked very solid against Slovenia. Maybe Dawson should be given a shot? Either way I predict a win for England!"

  12. 18:25 Commentary  

    Some more Steven Gerrard on Sunday's game against Germany: "Experience helps, I've been involved in massive games throughout (my England career) so the experience of how to prepare will stand me in good stead. There is pressure, but it's more excitement - we can't wait to get out there and win the game."

  13. 18:30 Commentary  

    Here's a gem of a stat from Infostrada: "USA striker Landon Donovan needs one more goal to become the all-time World Cup top scorer among Concacaf nations with five goals. He would surpass compatriot Bert Patenaude and Mexico's Luis Hernandez, who both also have four."

  14. 18:32 Commentary  

    It's over to South Africa we go, where Jonathan Stevenson, fresh from a stomach-filling feed in the International Broadcast Centre canteen, will resume his text-commentating duties for your enjoyment.  It's a "seeya" from me, but I leave you with a Soneji Predo - 2-1 USA.  There, I've said it.

  15. 18:35 Commentary  

    You just cannot stay away, can you? I’d be the same, actually. Hang on, I am the same - welcome back to Johannesburg for what seems like the millionth time this month. I’m Jonathan Stevenson, and maybe if I ask the universe enough times, the World Cup will never end. Gotta be worth a try, hasn’t it?

  16. 18:37 Commentary  

    I can’t quite believe this, but we’re on to Match 50 already. Jeez, doesn’t time fly when you’re having so much World Cup fun? It’s USA v Ghana, it’s the team that topped England’s group against the last African team left in the first African World Cup. And one of them will be homeward-bound tonight.

  17. 18:40 Commentary USA v Ghana line-ups:  

    United States: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 3-Carlos Bocanegra; 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Ricardo Clark, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Robbie Findley.
    Ghana: 22-Richard Kingson; 4-John Pantsil, 8-Jonathan Mensah, 5-John Mensah, 2-Hans Sarpei; 6-Anthony Annan, 7-Samuel Inkoom, 23-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 13-Dede Ayew; 21-Kwadwo Asamoah, 3-Asamoah Gyan.
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary).

  18. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    On Twitter: "More English and German flags than US and Ghanaian at the moment. To an extent this is the game of the wrong tickets."

  19. 18:46 Commentary USA v Ghana team news:  

    USA boss Bob Bradley makes two changes to the side that dramatically beat Algeria on Wednesday, with midfielder Ricardo Clark replacing Maurice Edu and Robbie Findley - who returns from a one-match ban - taking his place up front, relegating Herculez Gomez to the bench. Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac makes just one alteration, with defender Samuel Inkoom starting instead of Prince Tagoe.

  20. 18:50 Commentary  

    American, Ghanaian, whatever - I want you to hit me with everything you’ve got. We’ve only got 15 games left, so don’t waste it while it’s here. People have been chatting all day on 606, why not join in the fun? You can also Tweet me @Stevo_football and get the texts in to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Complex algorithms it is not.

  21. 18:52 Commentary  

    I do beg your pardon - if you give your page a refresh, you'll be back in Joburg.

  22. SMS  

    John Kalu from PH, Nigeria: "Whoever wins this game between Ghana and USA, I will be the loser. As an African I want Ghana to go through but my favourite team in this tournament is USA. Why didn’t Ghana get England?"

  23. 19:00 Commentary Stevo's Predo:  

    (Based on my Russian website effort)
    USA 1-1 Ghana
    Ghana to win on penalties

  24. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "A wonderful smoky night here in Rustenburg as the ground slowly starts to fill up. Never a big fan of stadiums with a running track, you never feel really on top of the action."

  25. 606  

    From United Til I Die: "I would love Ghana to win tonight but I'm concerned that they don't have a lethal striker."

  26. 19:09 Commentary  

    USA and Ghana have met once before at the World Cup, when the Africans emerged victorious in a group phase match in Nuremberg. But Ghana, who lost in the last 16 last time around to Brazil, are the last African side left in this tournament - and they have the backing of the world's second-largest continent this evening.

  27. Twitter  

    From MatthewInSEA: "I'm a USA servicemember in AFG counting on for coverage - locals broke our satellite dish today; send good news!"

  28. 19:15 Commentary  

    USA finished top of Group C, as if we could forget, the first time they have won their group at a World Cup since 1930. In the semis, they were crushed 6-1 by Argentina. Ghana, meanwhile, are the only country to ever escape from the group stage of a World Cup courtesy of goals scored only from the penalty spot.

  29. Twitter  

    From AmirKingKhan: "Off to first ever World Cup game, USA vs Ghana."

  30. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "Quite a large number of journalists are jockeying for position close to the dugout, kept in place by a rope held every few yards by a volunteer steward. Must mean we are nearly ready for the teams to come out."

  31. 19:21 Commentary USA coach Bob Bradley:  

    "We have shown an ability to move the ball quickly and intelligently. We have some individuals who have made the special plays you need to win championships. We are a team that works hard, is disciplined and is creative at the right moments."

  32. 19:22 Commentary Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac:  

    "We are going to fight and do our utmost to get Ghana into the quarter-finals. It will be difficult but we have a big opportunity. I am very proud of these boys. Their main strength is the unity of the team. We always play as a team and not as individuals and that's why we have managed to have success recently."

  33. Contributor BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty in Bloemfontein:  

    "Just attended a vaguely surreal pre-match press conference in Bloemfontein ahead of England v Germany tomorrow.
    "German coach Joachim Loew flouted Fifa regulations by refusing to turn up, but hello who's this in his place? It's none other Andreas Kopke, now goalkeeping coach and the man who saved Gareth Southgate's penalty at Wembley in Euro 96. Psychogical warfare?

    "England's response was a rapid-fire appearance from coach Fabio Capello and captain Steven Gerrard that clocked in at a little over five minutes.

    "Make of that what you will, but there appeared to be the odd mind game or two going on."

  34. 19:23 Commentary  

    The teams are out in Rustenburg...

  35. 19:24 Commentary Start of the USA national anthem:  

    "O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
    O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

  36. 19:26 Commentary Start of Ghana’s national anthem:  

    "God bless our homeland Ghana
    And make our nation great and strong,
    Bold to defend forever
    The cause of Freedom and of Right;
    Fill our hearts with true humility,
    Make us cherish fearless honesty,
    And help us to resist oppressors' rule
    With all our will and might for evermore."

  37. 19:28 Commentary  

    The teams are officially warming up and we're officially just moments away from the second last-16 clash at the 2010 World Cup.

  38. 19:30 KICK-OFF USA v Ghana  

    Hungarian whistleblower Viktor Kassai gets us under way at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg as these boys fight for the right to face Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

  39. 2 mins Commentary  

    Landon Donovan does well down the right for USA, but his ball along the six-yard box is just too far ahead of Jozy Altidore.

  40. 4 mins Commentary  

    Ghana are playing what I've heard described as 'bold red-and-yellow stripes'. It doesn't help Samuel Inkoom as he drags woefully and wastefully wide from 25 yards.

  41. 5 mins GOAL USA 0-1 Ghana  

    Stunning start. USA's Ricardo Clark loses the ball on the halfway line and the ball is soon in Kevin-Prince Boateng's possession. He races through, seeing off Jay DeMerit and getting to the edge of the box where he slams a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner, What a start for the Africans.

  42. 7 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Not a good couple of moments for Ricardo Clark as he crashes into Kevin-Prince Boateng and picks up the first booking of the evening.

  43. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "Now we'll see what the USA are all about - they showed plenty of character against Slovenia and need to do so again. That goal should open up the contest nicely."

  44. 11 mins Commentary  

    It's a very nervy start for USA, they haven't settled at all in Rustenburg. Ghana totally in control in the early stages and they have the lead to show for it.

  45. 13 mins Commentary  

    Andre Ayew sends over another cross from the Ghana left and the ball falls for Kevin-Prince Boateng 22 yards out - this time he can only hammer way over. At the other end, Jozy Altidore screws wide from 20 yards in a rare USA attack.

  46. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Tim Howard will be a little bit disappointed to be beaten at his near post. I think that's possibly the best thing that could have happened for this game for the neutral."

  47. 17 mins YELLOW CARD  

    USA are starting to have a little bit more of the ball, but they keep pumping it long and Jonathan Mensah is having a good night heading everything away. Up the other end and Steve Cherundolo scrapes his studs down the back of Andre Ayew's calf and is rightly booked.

  48. 18 mins Commentary  

    From the resulting free-kick, Asamoah Gyan smashes it goalwards and Tim Howard has to be alert to punch it away at his far post.

  49. 606  

    From darkanddom: "Ghana are giving the US a footballing lesson so far. Wow."

  50. 23 mins Commentary  

    Decent attack from USA as Clint Dempsey finds Michael Bradley inside the Ghana area on the left, and his fizzing cross is well cut out by Richard Kingson before Robbie Findley can tuck in from close range.

  51. 25 mins Commentary  

    Ghana seem happy to soak up USA pressure and try and break with pace. They've certainly got speedy outlets, so the Americans will have to be on their guard. President Bill Clinton watches on, sat alongside Mick Jagger.

  52. 28 mins Commentary  

    Kevin-Prince Boateng is furious with Kwadwo Asamoah, and well he might be. KPB races on to a through ball and it takes two USA defenders to keep him at bay - but the ball breaks to Asamoah on the right and with Boateng heading into the middle, he just needs to play a pass into the area for his team-mate. He gets it all wrong and the ball flies out of play, much to Boateng's disgust.

  53. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Much better from Ghana. They do like to play on the counter-attack, but the only thing they lack is that composure in the final third."

  54. 29 mins Commentary  

    Kevin-Prince Boateng has another pop, this one a first-time hit from 25 yards that's easy for Tim Howard to deal with.

  55. 30 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    USA make an early change, with Ricardo Clark's miserable evening coming to an end and Maurice Edu on in his place. There's a long - perhaps uncomfortably too long - embrace with boss Bob Bradley before Clark takes his place on the US bench.

  56. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Bob Bradley's been brave there. He's made a decisive decision, the player is obviously disappointed but he's put his arm around him and probably explained why he's done it. That's very very good management."

  57. 34 mins Commentary  

    Ghana's ball in the final third is letting them down. The camera cuts to a rueful Ricardo Clark on the US bench, what a stage on which to be hauled off so early.

  58. 35 mins Commentary  

    Much better from USA as Robbie Findley is played in down the USA right by Clint Dempsey, but Findley doesn't get a clean enough contact on the ball from 15 yards and Richard Kingson makes a decent save with his legs.

  59. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "Poor old Ricardo Clark, it just wasn't his night as Ghana have been swamping the middle of the US midfield. After he was withdrawn, Clark was congratulated by all his team-mates on the bench like a best man by his mates after a stinker of a speech. You were great, honest."

  60. 37 mins Commentary  

    A flick-on catches Jay DeMerit out and Kwadwo Asamoah is in on the left of the USA penalty area, his left-foot shot drawing a brilliant save with his right leg from Tim Howard. Aasmoah was caught by Carlos Bocanegra after he shot, and he needs some treatment.

  61. 40 mins Commentary  

    It's pretty open, this - I hope it's a taster of what's to come in the latter stages of the tournament. Michael Bradley clips a cross into the Ghana area, but it's too far ahead of Landon Donovan.

  62. 42 mins Commentary  

    The good news for Ghana is that Kwadwo Asamoah is back on the pitch after his ankle knock, the bad news for Ghana is that he's been wasteful again, spanking a left-foot shot from the left-hand angle of the 18-yard box high into the Rustenburg night sky.

  63. 45 mins INJURY TIME  

    Into injury time, but we're only due one of your South African minutes.

  64. 20:16 HALF-TIME USA 0-1 Ghana  

    Ghana have never reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup before, but they are only 45 minutes away from a last-eight berth and a meeting with Uruguay.

  65. SMS  

    From Anon: "Based on this display from Ghana so far, maybe it's better for England to take on the Germans tomorrow! The Black Stars may have been too hot too handle!"

  66. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Ghana have looked much the better team and deserved their lead. It was a fantastic goal but again it was because the Americans gave the ball away. USA look tired and jaded. After what they have been through in previous games, have they got enough to turn this fixture around?"

  67. 20:23 Commentary  

    The last African nation to win a World Cup knockout match, incidentally, was Senegal when they beat Sweden 2-1 in the last 16 in 2002. USA, remember, won their group without having led in any of the total 270 minutes of normal playing time. Can they win again without leading for any of the game?

  68. Twitter  

    From mikl_em: "In case you haven't made the connection yet, Robbie Findley is basically our Theo Walcott. But for passing, substitute finishing."

  69. 606  

    From nanaloa: "For some reason, I was very calm before the game and can feel within my spirits that Ghana would win. This is unlike the Germany game where I couldn't even sit."

  70. 20:31 SUBSTITUTION USA 0-1 Ghana  

    Back under way in Rustenburg and USA have made a change at the break, with Benny Feilhaber coming on for Robbie Findley.

  71. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "No arguments with the scoreline. Ghana have youth, enthusiasm and a 4-2-3-1 system that has seen them overrun the opposition in the middle of the park. The US have come back strong in other games - can they today? They were first back out on the pitch."

  72. 47 mins Commentary  

    USA should be level. They break with pace down the right and a ball into the box is controlled and helped on by Jozy Altidore, with Benny Feilhaber poking a right-foot shot goalwards from seven yards only for Richard Kingson to stick out his left hand and make a top save.

  73. 50 mins Commentary  

    Much better from USA - they have come out with the bit between their teeth, especially Michael Bradley who is trying to push them forward from midfield.

  74. SMS  

    E. Julu Swen Tubmanburg, Liberia: "From where I sit, the hope of getting to the quarter-finals through the Ghana Black Stars is very high. The next 45 minutes is the time to write history. Hang on Black Stars."

  75. 53 mins Commentary  

    Decent build-up from Ghana, but all tournament long they have shot from range instead of playing another pass and this time Aasmoah Gyan slashes wide from about 30 yards. They're like the anti-Arsenal.

  76. 54 mins Commentary  

    Landon Donovan swings in an almost undefendable cross from the left and it beats two Ghana defenders, with the ball narrowly evading Clint Dempsey at the back post.

  77. 55 mins Commentary  

    Great tackle down the Ghana left from John Mensah to deal with the increasing threat of Clint Dempsey. USA are building up some pressure here.

  78. 606  

    From manfrombelmonty: "Great game this. End-to-end action. No diving. No feigning injury. No waving imaginary cards about. Big respect to both teams."

  79. 58 mins Commentary  

    Brilliant defending. Andre Ayew crosses from the Ghana right and if it gets through to him, Asamoah Gyan has a tap-in from close-range - but Jay DeMerit dives in and prevents the ball getting to the striker.

  80. 59 mins Commentary  

    Replays suggest moments ago Jonathan Mensah brought Benny Feilhaber down right on the edge of the Ghana box, but the referee waved play on.

  81. 61 mins PENALTY To USA  
  82. 62 mins GOAL USA 1-1 Ghana  

    For their second-half performance alone, they deserve that. Clint Dempsey scampers into the Ghana area and Jonathan Mensah misjudges his tackle - it's a definite penalty and Mensah is booked, so he would miss a potential quarter-final. Landon Donovan steps up and coolly slots in-off the left-hand post with Richard Kingson going the wrong way.

  83. 64 mins Commentary  

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that Landon Donovan is now the all-time leading scorer in World Cups from the Concacaf region on five goals.

  84. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Dempsey got a touch fortunate and I tell you what that’s an absolutely fantastic penalty under pressure. Even if the keeper went the right way he has no chance. Ghana have not tried to attack since they scored. They are looking for moments of individual brilliance. Now it could be the Americans in the ascendancy."

  85. Twitter  

    From happeanyanko: "Stevo! It's 1-1! You may know this already though."

  86. 67 mins Commentary  

    More great goalkeeping from Richard Kingson - is this guy really Wigan's number three? Amazing. Anyway, Jozy Altidore races through on goal but Kingson comes haring off his line and gets there first with a brilliant sliding challenge. I think that's what Iker Casillas was trying to do against Switzerland.

  87. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "Bob Bradley has made some bold decisions in this game and they seem to be working. His team have their equaliser while the US have undoubtedly reduced the effectiveness of their opponents."

  88. 72 mins Commentary  

    USA are very much in the ascendancy as Michael Bradley has a 30-yard shot blocked by a Ghana defender.

  89. 73 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Lee Addy, who still plays his club football in Ghana, comes on for Hans Sarpei.

  90. 75 mins Commentary  

    A rare attack for Ghana, but it ends with Asamoah Gyan's 18-yard header looping over Tim Howard's crossbar. If we are going to be spared extra-time, it looks like it'll be the Americans who spare us.

  91. 76 mins Commentary  

    USA work it nicely from right to left inside the Ghana half and Jozy Altidore tees up Michael Bradley in the area - the manager's son shoots hard and low across the keeper, but Richard Kingson is once again equal to it.

  92. 77 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Kevin-Prince Boateng limps off with what looks like a hamstring tweak, and Stephen Appiah comes on for the Black Stars.

  93. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "The Americans have settled down since the goal and are passing the ball better. Ghana have reverted to type - they are organised at the back but are not helping each other in attack. They are going forward in ones and twos and that might be their downfall."

  94. 606  

    From Gallasphemy: "Ghana will be playing for penalties now, which is a shame, but which might give them the edge if they get to them."

  95. 80 mins Commentary  

    Jozy Altidore bustles through on to a long ball from the back and, up against John Mensah, he shows his strength to hold off the defender - but he cannot stay on his feet and from the ground he shoots wide of Richard Kingson's left-hand post.

  96. 82 mins Commentary  

    Clint Dempsey thunders a 30-yard free-kick into the Ghana wall, and this is increasingly looking like the first extra-time of the 2010 World Cup.

  97. 83 mins Commentary  

    Fair play to Asamoah Gyan, he does not stop getting into good positions. He's in the middle again for a cross from the Ghana left, but he can only glance a header wide. Frustration for the striker.

  98. 86 mins Commentary  

    USA are the liveliest still, but they both look like they're settling for the extra half an hour.

  99. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright  

    "Asamoah Gyan has ran and chased, but he really hasn't had the service in the second half."

  100. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    A cross from Ghana right is imperiously headed away by Jay DeMerit, who accidentally boots Asamoah Gyan in the chest in the process. He has some treatment, but he'll be OK. We're into three minutes of injury time.

  101. 90 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Andre Ayew is booked for tripping Jozy Altidore and he would miss a potential quarter-final too.

  102. 21:19 FULL-TIME USA 1-1 Ghana  

    Duh duh duuuuuuh. We are into extra-time. You ready for this?

  103. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "Fear of losing slightly overcame the desire to win in the last 10 minutes. Both teams have made two substitutions so the impact a coach can have is limited. The US are regarded as being an extremely fit team. That might count in their favour."

  104. 21:22 Commentary  

    Back to the unacceptable face of football - after Fernando Torres' gamesmanship on Friday, this time replays show that in injury time, Jozy Altidore tripped over his own feet when Andre Ayew was cautioned. Hugely disappointing.

  105. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Both teams are taking a big sigh of relief and taking as much oxygen in as they can. They will almost be happy to go into extra-time. Both coaches have their work cut out for them. The Americans are on top. If anyone was going to win it in the second half it was them."

  106. 21:25 SUBSTITUTION USA 1-1 Ghana  

    Herculez Gomes comes on for the aforementioned Jozy Altidore and we are under way in extra-time in Rustenburg.

  107. 93 mins Commentary  

    The keepers launch the ball to each other and barely anyone else has had an extra-time kick. They look tired, all of them.

  108. 93 mins GOAL USA 1-2 Ghana  

    Apart from Asamoah Gyan, that is. A long ball from the back from Andre Ayew sees Gyan battling with Carlos Bocanegra and despite a little push from the defender, he keeps his composure to smash a left-foot shot past Tim Howard from 16 yards. Great finish, advantage Ghana again.

  109. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "It was another long, hopeful punt down the middle. It's gone exactly the same way as the first-half started. Ghana's attackers attack as individuals but they do have some really powerful and talented players."

  110. 96 mins Commentary  

    Chance for USA as a ball to the far post is headed back and Benny Feilhaber's right-foot strike is blocked by a defender.

  111. 98 mins Commentary  

    USA will bombard Ghana with crosses now and one from the right from Steve Cherundolo is glanced wide by Maurice Edu with Richard Kingson flapping.

  112. Twitter  

    From aaron1606: "YES! Africa must be jumping right now!"

  113. 101 mins Commentary  

    Ghana look so much more composed than they did in the second half - that goal has calmed them down no end. They are playing the ball around nicely at the moment, USA are struggling to get back into it.

  114. 103 mins Commentary  

    Landon Donovan gives the ball away, and his coach Bob Bradley has a very big lifting job to do at half-time in extra-time if his team are going to get back into this.

  115. 21:41 HALF-TIME USA 1-2 Ghana  

    Only 15 minutes left in extra-time for USA to stay in the World Cup.

  116. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg:  

    "I reckon the USA should focus less on Ghana's all-too predictable time wasting and more on the need to rediscover the sort of form they showed in the second half of this match."

  117. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "The USA have come back before today and they’ve done it several times in this tournament already, but have they got enough emotional energy to do it again? I'm not so sure."

  118. 21:42 Commentary  

    Quick changearound and we're back under way in Rustenburg.

  119. 107 mins Commentary  

    Stephen Appiah is caught by Maurice Edu and the Ghanaians are taking every opportunity to go down and stay down. Suppose you can't really blame them, on the brink of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance.

  120. 108 mins Commentary  

    Jonathan Bornstein is fouled right on the edge of the penalty area by Samuel Inkoom - the first foul was miles outside the box, but he waited to fall inside. Good refereeing, and from the set-piece Richard Kingson does well to punch clear.

  121. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "The USA have to go for it or they're going out the competition, but if they go forward gung-ho then Ghana's pace and power will hurt them."

  122. 111 mins Commentary  

    USA are taking every opportunity to plough the ball into the Ghana box - but another Ghanaian goes down, this time Samuel Inkoom. There are boos from some Americans in the stadium, and the players aren't too happy either.

  123. 113 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Samuel Inkoom is absolutely fine and comes back on after being stretchered off. Seconds later, Sulley Muntari comes on for Inkoom. Hmm.

  124. 114 mins Commentary  

    Right then, not long left but we're due a couple of added minutes already. USA have forced a corner, and they are going to hit Ghana with everything they've got.

  125. 606  

    From wjousts: "An inglorious finish with all this time-wasting."

  126. 116 mins Commentary  

    Rustenburg is going Ghana crazy as they have a corner of their own and continue to waste time as we get closer to the final whistle. A cross is flicked on by Asamoah Gyan, but there's no-one gambling. What a lone striker's shift he's put in tonight.

  127. 118 mins Commentary  

    I think USA have run out of ideas and legs. They look a beaten side. They aren't even putting any pressure on at the moment.

  128. 119 mins Commentary  

    Ghana are keeping the ball well and drawing the occasional foul. Nearly into added-on time at the end of extra-time.

  129. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Mbonyiwe on WCHYS: "Black Stars? More like Gold Stars - they are shining and the whole world can see them! Go Gold Stars!"

  130. 120 mins Commentary  

    USA have a corner - Tim Howard is up for it...

  131. 120 mins INJURY TIME  

    I think Tim Howard might have got a flick on, but Richard Kingson twice punches clear. Michael Bradley hooks a volley just over from the edge of the box, but we're gonna have three minutes of stoppage time.

  132. 120 mins Commentary  

    Now the pressure is on, and Jonathan Mensah has to be alert to whack away from the edge of his penalty box. A cross from the USA right is glanced wide by Clint Dempsey. Seconds remaining.

  133. 22:00 FULL-TIME USA 1-2 Ghana (aet)  

    They've done it. Ghana have done it. Africa has a team in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The continent has just gone crazy.

  134. 22:02 Commentary  

    As the US players slump to the floor and an inconsolable Michael Bradley goes to sit on the bench, the Ghana players jump around the Royal Bafokeng Stadium pitch, as Africa celebrates with them.

  135. Twitter  

    From ffc2004: "That running track was made for Pantsil's lap of honour! Well done Ghana."

  136. 22:07 Commentary  

    Normally the losing team on a night like this just wants to get back to the sanctuary of the dressing-room, but there are a lot of USA players just sitting on the bench with towels draped around them looking utterly despondent. I feel a bit awkward watching them grieve, but I wonder how long they'll stay there for.

  137. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills  

    "Fantastic for Ghana and the continent. It was a hard-fought game which could have gone either way but it was settled by a moment of pace, power and opportunism when Asamoah Gyan burst through onto a long ball. Credit to both teams, great game, great entertaninment."

  138. SMS  

    Mark, Manchester: "USA coach Bob Bradley paid for a poor substitution at 90 mins - Altidore was causing all sorts of problems, but Gomez was non-existent."

  139. 22:14 Commentary  

    So we now have our first 2010 World Cup quarter-final sorted out: it's going to be Uruguay v Ghana at Soccer City in Johannesburg at 1930 BST on Friday. An African side has never reached the semi-finals of this tournament.

  140. 606  

    From 2001Oysters: "However much it may not be the most popular sport in the US, I've got more respect for the American team after this World Cup. They've played some good stuff and their football is improving very quickly now. The rest of the world better watch out in a couple of years."

  141. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Erik 'Oso' Reveron, Winter Park, Florida, on WCHYS: "As an American, very sad. But we were outplayed and I wish Ghana the best of luck in the next stage. I will be cheering for you."

  142. 22:26 Commentary  

    I think that's me just about done for tonight. We've lost South Korea and USA, but Uruguay and Ghana march onwards and upwards towards the quarter-finals. On Sunday, like you need me to tell you, Germany meet England and Argentina face Mexico. I'm off to lie awake nervously and not sleep a wink all night. Happy sheep counting.

By Paul Fletcher

Ghana became only the third African side to reach the quarter-final stage at a World Cup after Asamoah Gyan smashed home an extra-time winner to knock out the USA.

The Black Stars, the only remaining African team in the tournament, have emulated Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002, and will play Uruguay at Soccer City on 2 July.

Ghana, who defeated the USA 2-1 in a crucial group match at the 2006 World Cup, appeared to have the measure of Bob Bradley's team after Kevin-Prince Boateng gave them an early lead in Rustenburg with a low strike.

But the Americans came back strongly after the break and equalised through a Landon Donovan penalty.

They seemed the most likely winners of a contest that had seen Ghana lose the drive and purpose that characterised their first-half play.

Ghana had not scored twice in a match in 2010 and both their previous goals in South Africa had come from the penalty spot, but they were the superior team in extra-time and survived some nervous final moments to seal a famous win.

Milovan Rajevac's team, playing a 4-2-3-1 system and showing incredible strength and desire, dominated the opening half to the extent that US midfielder Ricardo Clark was substituted after just 30 minutes.

The Black Stars goal after five minutes was partly the fault of the unfortunate Clark, who had his pocket picked by Boateng deep in his own half.

The Portsmouth midfielder, who made several telling runs from deep positions before fading after the break, closed in on goal before delivering a low left-foot strike from 18 yards that Tim Howard might feel he ought to have saved.

The US, who won their group, continued to create problems of their own making, with Jay DeMerit allowing a long kick downfield from Richard Kingson to reach Kwadwo Asamoah, whose low strike was brilliantly saved by Howard.

Former US president Bill Clinton watched from the stands as Ghana, sporting a distinct red and yellow striped strip, smothered their opposition, who struggled to retain possession.

But Michael Bradley did get in behind once during the opening half, while a mistake by the uncertain Jonathan Mensah resulted in Clint Dempsey playing in Robbie Findlay, but the striker's shot was well saved.

Coach Bradley had been decisive in his withdrawal of Clark and replaced striker Findley with midfield Benny Feilhaber at the break, pushing Dempsey into a more advanced position.

It was a decision that almost paid instant dividends when the substitute was played through, but a heavy first touch allowed Kingson to advance from his goal and block Feilhaber's subsequent shot.

Donovan's equaliser from the spot went in off the post after Jonathan Mensah ended Dempsey's surging run into the box with a late and clumsy challenge.

Ghana had gone completely off the boil and might have fallen behind when a ball over the top caught out their high line of defence but Kingson, who had an excellent game, was again quickly off his line to deny Jozy Altidore and, later, a low strike from Bradley.

Altidore tussled with John Mensah as Ghana struggled to deal with a long ball - and despite going to ground the US striker almost scored with a low strike.

The Americans profligacy was punished in the third minute of extra-time when Gyan showed strength and composure to control a long ball forward with his chest and bury his strike from a wide angle despite the close proximity of two defenders.

USA USA Flag 1-2 Ghana Flag Ghana FT

(HT 0-1)

After Extra Time

Donovan (pen), 62
Boateng, 5
Gyan, 93






  • Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Referee: V Kassai
  • Attendance: 34,976
USA     Ghana
  • Possession 47%
  • Attempts on target 12
  • Attempts off target 4
  • Corners 5
  • Fouls 8

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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