Appiah: Mistakes cost us

Cape Town - Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah bemoaned his side’s lack of concentration in their 2-1 defeat to the USA on Monday evening.

Having beaten the United States at the two previous World Cups in South Africa and Germany, the Black Stars were off to the worse possible start on Monday when Stars and Stripes captain Clint Dempsey scored with only 29 second on the clock.

The west Africans went on to dominate the match in terms of shots on goal and possession, but it took them until the 82nd minute to score, thanks to Andre Ayew’s equaliser. However, four minutes later they suffered a sucker punch when an unmarked John Brooks headed in from a late corner kick.

For Appiah, the reason for losing was simple enough to identify - his side made careless mistakes at the back, and were not clinical enough up front.

"It was a very tough game," said Appiah. "Playing at this high level any little mistake can cost you dearly. We created enough chances but we didn't take our chances and the US took their chances.

"Before the game I said the U.S has a very good team considering they have won their last three or four games. I knew it was not going to be an easy game. I was not surprised the way they played."

"At this high level any loss of concentration can cost you big time. The first goal really unsettled us for a little bit."

Ghana now have a huge challenge on their hands in trying to qualify from Group D, which is currently led by Germany after they dismantled Portugal 4-0 in an earlier game on Monday.

"In our first game we tried for a win or a draw and it's unfortunate we lost the game but we have two more games to play," Appiah continued.

"I believed we played really well and had a lot of chances but couldn't take our chances. We have two more games to play. The next two games we will do well."

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