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World Cup live blog: June 16

June 16, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Germany vs. Portugal, followed by Iran-Nigeria at 3 and United States-Ghana at 6.

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(Ricardo Mazalan/AP)

What started with a bang ended with a bang (and in the case of Clint Dempsey’s poor nose, we mean that literally). In case you missed anything, take a peek at our recap of all of Monday’s World Cup action, including match recounts and stats.

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But considering the bump he took earlier, it’s looking better than expected.

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From one kicker to another?

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Naturally.

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The United States’ John Brooks celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s second goal. (Julio Cortez/AP)

What a match! It started strong with Clint Dempsey’s goal and ended even stronger with another by future star John Brooks, Jr. Who put the U.S. up 2-1 for a win. Surely, we will see him again. The one very worrisome outcome of the tense match, however, is the stay of Jozy Altidore. He went out in the first half with a strained hamstring, but there’s no word yet on the injury’s severity. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s how FIFA’s stats broke down.

Goals

United States: 2, Clint Dempsey at 34 seconds and John Brooks, Jr. at 86′

Ghana: 1, Andre Ayew at 82′

Total shots

United States: 8

Ghana: 21

Shots on goal

United States: 7

Ghana: 8

Fouls

United States: 12

Ghana: 10

Possession percentage

United States: 43 percent

Ghana: 57 percent

Corners

United States: 3

Ghana: 7

Saves

United States: 5

Ghana: 5

Offsides

United States: 1

Ghana: 5

Red cards

United States: 0

Ghana: 0

Yellow cards

United States: 0

Ghana: 2, Mohammed Rabiu at 30′ and Sulley Muntari at 90+2′

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The intensity is appreciated, sir!

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(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

John Brooks Jr. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

What a match!

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This is exactly what Ghana didn’t need right now, but Muntari’s attempt to tackle looked reckless.

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That’s a lot of time for Ghana to make something happen.

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That reaction is pretty great for the first-time World Cup participant. Congratulations!

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Ghana is really against the wall now thanks to John Brooks Jr.’s handy work at minute 86.

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It seemed like it would happen sooner or later the way things were going. The score is 1-1.

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At minute 77, Alejandro Bedoya exited in exchange for Graham Zusi on the U.S. side. And at minute 78, Christian Atsu went out and Albert Adomah came on.

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American Kyle Beckerman, left, and Ghana’s Mohammed Rabiu vie for the ball. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

Michael Essien came on the pitch at minute 71 as Mohammed Rabiu, who earlier was booked for a yellow card, came off. They have one more substitution left to get in fresh legs.

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Sulley Muntari, front, of Ghana in action with Jermaine Jones. (Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA)

The 32-year-old midfielder’s game is on point when the Americans need it most. The Ghanaians are attacking with ferocity as they try to equalize.

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Large crowd + lots of beer = What could possibly go wrong?

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