Black Stars shooting up

2010-06-26 22:46

They attained all sorts of “firsts” in Africa’s maiden World

Cup.

They were the first Africans to qualify, the first to win a game

and the first – and only at 2010 – to reach the second round.

Now Ghana are only 90 minutes away from setting another first –

reaching the World Cup’s semifinal should they get past Uruguay

on
Friday.

In the 2006 World Cup they passed the "Nuremberg trial" by beating

the same Americans 2-1 in a Group E fixture. Last night they recycled their

triumph as they scored more than one goal for the first time in 12

matches.

Reliable marksman Asamoah Gyan controlled well with his chest,

maintained his balance and let rip past USA goal-tender Tim Howard for his third

goal in four matches, in extra time.

Erratic defender Jonathan Mensah had put Ghana on tenterhooks when

he brought down Clint Dempsey in the box. Landon Donovan got ­Richard Kingson to

retrieve from the net when he converted to equalise in the 62nd minute after

Ghana had taken an early first-half lead.

Ghana needed just five minutes to set a deficit for USA, with

Kevin-Prince Boateng unleashing an unstoppable scorcher to beat the trusted

Howard, prompting the blaring vuvuzelas to reach their highest decibels.

It was the Portsmouth man’s first World Cup goal and a just reward

for his decision to opt for Ghana instead of Germany – just as his brother,

Jerome, did.

Boateng scored from open play after the Black Stars’ last three

World Cup goals were penalties.

Kingson denied USA an equaliser when he saved from Robbie Findley

after a reckless blunder by Jonathan Mensah saw the ball landing kindly on the

feet of the USA forward in the 35th minute.

 

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