John Brooks headed a late winner for USA in a dramatic finale to their opening Group G game against Ghana.

Clint Dempsey put USA ahead on 29 seconds with the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history, cutting inside John Boye before sweeping home.

Ghana upped the tempo and equalised when Andre Ayew latched on to Asamoah Gyan's backheel to fire in a leveller.

Analysis

"One of the moments of the World Cup for me was the reaction of John Brooks for the winning goal. That was priceless. That is what the World Cup is all about.

"The way Ghana conceded the corner kick that led to the USA winner was poor. In these games, you can't do that. They are in trouble. They still have to play the big dogs in the group."

USA looked tired but Brooks nodded in from six yards following a corner to give his side a winning start.

Centre-back Brooks reacted with a mixture of disbelief and delight, the Germany-born 21-year-old marking his Fifa World Cup debut and fifth cap in style.

The victory also gave USA a measure of revenge for being knocked out of the past two World Cups by Ghana.

They had looked to be tiring, and a winner seemed unlikely as Ghana dominated the second half and pulled themselves level.

But their tenacity was rewarded to leave the Black Stars precariously placed, with both teams having to face Germany and Portugal.

Ghana exited the World Cup four years ago in tears, when Gyan's missed penalty in the last minute of extra-time against Uruguay denied them the chance to become the first African side to reach the semi-finals.

Clint Dempsey scores for the USA against Ghana

USA score after 29 seconds

If they were still nursing that pain, they did not show it as they sang and danced their way into the dressing room at the Estadio das Dunas.

But they fell behind within the first minute. Dempsey collected a Jermaine Jones pass on the left wing, cut inside right-back Boye and shot into the far corner.

Ghana struggled to mount a response as the USA consolidated their lead with a work-rate and organisation that kept their rivals at bay.

Indeed, Jurgen Klinsmann's side could, and maybe should, have extended their lead. Striker Jozy Altidore controlled a low, right-wing cross but his shot from 10 yards was blocked by Boye.

That was Altidore's last major act of the game, a hamstring injury seeing him replaced by Aron Johannsson.

Key facts

  • Hertha Berlin's John Brooks was left out of a match against Bayer Leverkusen in April after a newly-inked tattoo caused him to miss training.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored in three successive World Cups, with two of his three goals coming against Ghana.
  • Ghana had 21 shots, a joint-high in the World Cup so far (along with Ivory Coast) but only three were on target.
  • USA scored more than once for only the third time in their past 12 World Cup games.

USA centre-back Matt Besler also left the field injured, and his exit, combined with Ghana increasing the pace of their play, resulted in the Black Stars piling the pressure on Tim Howard's goal.

Most of the chances fell to Gyan, but he nodded high from 10 yards when unmarked before having another header tipped wide by Howard.

Gyan may not have scored, but he set up his side's equaliser as his lovely backheel teed up Ayew to shoot home with the outside of his right foot.

It seemed Ghana might have enough time to engineer a winner, but Hertha Berlin defender Brooks had other ideas, and his first international goal following Graham Zusi's corner proved decisive.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann celebrates his side's win over Ghana

Klinsmann has a 100% record in opening World Cup games

United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann:

"I said to the bench a few minutes before our winner, 'We are going to get some chances - we need to push and grind it out.' We trained over and over on set-pieces and it was well deserved.

"We have a great spirit and fight until the last minute. It was a grind but it was a wonderful one at the end of the day.

"There is stuff we need to improve. We had problems with keeping the ball."

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah:

"What I can say is that it was a very tough game. Playing at this high level, any little mistake can cost you dearly.

"We didn't deserve the first goal against us and we did create a lot of chances.

"Unfortunately we could not take our chances and the US took theirs.

"Any loss of concentration can cost the team big time. I believe the first goal unsettled us a little bit but I never expected it to end this way."

USA striker Clint Dempsey (centre) scores against Ghana in their Group G game

Dempsey has scored in three successive World Cups

USA striker Jozy Altidore had to go off injured against Ghana

Altidore could be out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew scores for his side in their 2-1 defeat by USA

Andre Ayew and brother Jordan both play for Marseille

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Ghana

  • 12 Larsen Kwarasey
  • 04 Opare
  • 20 Asamoah
  • 11 Muntari Booked
  • 21 Boye
  • 19 Mensah
  • 07 Atsu (Adomah - 78' )
  • 17 Rabiu Booked (Essien - 71' )
  • 03 Gyan
  • 13 J.Ayew (Boateng - 59' )
  • 10 A.Ayew

Substitutes

  • 01 Adams
  • 02 Inkoom
  • 05 Essien
  • 06 Acquah
  • 08 Badu
  • 09 Boateng
  • 14 Adomah
  • 15 Sumaila
  • 16 Dauda
  • 18 Waris
  • 22 Wakaso
  • 23 Afful

USA

  • 01 Howard
  • 23 Johnson
  • 07 Beasley
  • 04 Bradley
  • 20 Cameron
  • 05 Besler (Brooks - 45' )
  • 11 Bedoya (Zusi - 77' )
  • 15 Beckerman
  • 08 Dempsey
  • 17 Altidore (Jóhannsson - 23' )
  • 13 Jones

Substitutes

  • 02 Yedlin
  • 03 González
  • 06 Brooks
  • 09 Jóhannsson
  • 10 Diskerud
  • 12 Guzan
  • 14 Davis
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Wondolowski
  • 19 Zusi
  • 21 Chandler
  • 22 Rimando
Ref: Jonas Eriksson
Att: 39,760

Match Stats

Shots

21 8

On target

3 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ghana 1, USA 2.

90:00 +4:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ghana 1, USA 2.

90:00 +2:43

Attempt missed. Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:20 Booking

Booking Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:57

Foul by Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana).

90:00 +0:57

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:33

Foul by Michael Essien (Ghana).

89:33

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:16

Attempt missed. Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

88:14

Attempt blocked. Michael Essien (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari with a cross.

87:52

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by John Anthony Brooks.

87:51

Attempt blocked. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

85:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ghana 1, USA 2. John Anthony Brooks (USA) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Zusi with a cross following a corner.

85:16

Corner, USA. Conceded by Jonathan Mensah.

81:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ghana 1, USA 1. André Ayew (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan.

79:31

Foul by Daniel Opare (Ghana).

79:31

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:55

Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Fabian Johnson.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Albert Adomah replaces Christian Atsu.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. Graham Zusi replaces Alejandro Bedoya.

75:15

Attempt missed. André Ayew (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah with a cross.

74:04

Offside, Ghana. Sulley Ali Muntari tries a through ball, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is caught offside.

73:29

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Alejandro Bedoya.

72:12

Offside, Ghana. Daniel Opare tries a through ball, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is caught offside.

70:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Michael Essien replaces Mohammed Rabiu.

68:59

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:59

Foul by DaMarcus Beasley (USA).

67:59

Corner, USA. Conceded by Jonathan Mensah.

67:15

Attempt missed. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

64:47

Attempt saved. Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari.

64:31

Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:31

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

63:33

Attempt missed. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan following a corner.

63:07

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

63:05

Attempt blocked. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin-Prince Boateng with a cross.

62:46

Attempt saved. Jermaine Jones (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

61:48

Foul by André Ayew (Ghana).

61:48

Fabian Johnson (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:24

Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah.

59:52

Foul by Daniel Opare (Ghana).

59:52

DaMarcus Beasley (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Kevin-Prince Boateng replaces Jordan Ayew.

57:32

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Tim Howard.

57:31

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Opare with a cross.

56:45

Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:45

Foul by Fabian Johnson (USA).

55:26

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari with a cross.

54:46

Attempt missed. Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

51:58

Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mohammed Rabiu.

51:14

Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:14

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).

50:24

Foul by Asamoah Gyan (Ghana).

50:24

John Anthony Brooks (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:24

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:24

Foul by Kyle Beckerman (USA).

45:00

Second Half begins Ghana 0, USA 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. John Anthony Brooks replaces Matt Besler because of an injury.

45:00 +4:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ghana 0, USA 1.

45:00 +4:43

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

45:00 +3:58

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by DaMarcus Beasley.

45:00 +1:13

Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:13

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

44:56

Corner, USA. Conceded by Adam Larsen Kwarasey.

43:58

Foul by Daniel Opare (Ghana).

43:58

Jermaine Jones (USA) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:06

Attempt missed. Aron Jóhannsson (USA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38:48

Daniel Opare (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:48

Foul by Jermaine Jones (USA).

38:13

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

35:40

André Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:40

Foul by Michael Bradley (USA).

34:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32:30

Delay in match Clint Dempsey (USA) because of an injury.

31:46

Attempt saved. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by André Ayew.

30:26

Offside, Ghana. Mohammed Rabiu tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

29:55 Booking

Booking Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:36

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

29:36

Kyle Beckerman (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:32

Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah.

28:23

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

28:14

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:14

Foul by Michael Bradley (USA).

26:32

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Matt Besler.

25:32

Attempt missed. Alejandro Bedoya (USA) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.

24:17

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Ghana).

24:17

Kyle Beckerman (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:50

Attempt missed. John Boye (Ghana) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari with a cross following a corner.

23:17

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Jermaine Jones.

22:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, USA. Aron Jóhannsson replaces Jozy Altidore because of an injury.

20:50

Delay in match Jozy Altidore (USA) because of an injury.

18:40

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:40

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).

18:18

Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Johnson with a cross.

17:27

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Ghana).

17:27

Matt Besler (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:07

Offside, USA. Jermaine Jones tries a through ball, but Clint Dempsey is caught offside.

11:10

Offside, Ghana. André Ayew tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

9:40

Offside, Ghana. Sulley Ali Muntari tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

6:20

Attempt missed. Jozy Altidore (USA) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alejandro Bedoya with a cross.

4:39

André Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:39

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (USA).

4:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:30

Delay in match Daniel Opare (Ghana) because of an injury.

1:59

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:59

Foul by DaMarcus Beasley (USA).

0:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ghana 0, USA 1. Clint Dempsey (USA) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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