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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Games kick off at noon with Germany vs. Portugal, followed by Iran-Nigeria at 3 and United States-Ghana at 6.
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.
United States: 2, Clint Dempsey at 34 seconds and John Brooks, Jr. at 86′
Ghana: 1, Andre Ayew at 82′
United States: 8
Shots on goal
United States: 7
United States: 12
United States: 43 percent
Ghana: 57 percent
United States: 3
United States: 5
United States: 1
United States: 0
United States: 0
Ghana: 2, Mohammed Rabiu at 30′ and Sulley Muntari at 90+2′
The intensity is appreciated, sir!
What a match!
This is exactly what Ghana didn’t need right now, but Muntari’s attempt to tackle looked reckless.
That’s a lot of time for Ghana to make something happen.
That reaction is pretty great for the first-time World Cup participant. Congratulations!
Ghana is really against the wall now thanks to John Brooks Jr.’s handy work at minute 86.
It seemed like it would happen sooner or later the way things were going. The score is 1-1.
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.
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.
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.