USA gain revenge on Ghana in Natal

12:11, Jun 17 2014
Hat-trick
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Disagreement
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Gutted
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the Group G match against Germany.
Jump
Portugal's Nani fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm.
Splash
Germany's Toni Kroos and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball.
Thanks
Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Portugal 4-0.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the US celebrates after scoring their first goal during their match against Ghana.
John Brooks
John Brooks of the US heads the ball to score a goal next to Ghana's John Boye.
US Fans
Fans of the US cheer during the Group G match against Ghana.
Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match against USA.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the US fights for the ball with Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghana takes a shot.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a pass as Ghana's John Boye and Harrison Afful close him down.
Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze celebrates scoring Germany's opener in their 2-2 draw with Ghana in Fortaleza.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring the Black Stars' second goal against Germany.
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose performs an acrobatic backflip after scoring Germany's equalising goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Mesut Ozil
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil takes on Ghana's John Boye during their 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Silvestre Varela
Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on in the dying seconds.
Tim Howard
American goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley of the United States shoots while colliding with William Carvalho of Portugal during their Group G match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the pitch during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal against Portugal.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Brazil.
Nani
Nani of Portugal (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against the United States.
Michael Bradley
United States midfielder Michael Bradley challenges Germany's Thomas Mueller during their Group G match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
Kyle Beckerman
USA's Kyle Beckerman is challenged for the ball by German midfielder Toni Kroos.
DaMarcus Beasley
Germany's Thomas Mueller (right) tackles DaMarcus Beasley as USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the sidelines.
Tim Howard
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to keep out a shot by Germany striker Thomas Mueller which put the Germans 1-0 up in Recife.
Omar Gonzalez
USA's Omar Gonzalez and team-mate Tim Howard are all smiles after their country progressed to the knockout stages.
Manuel Neuer
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer squeezes water out of his glove as he leaves the field at half-time in torrential conditions in Recife.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his country's early exit from the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner past Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and John Boye.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads the equaliser against Portugal during their Group G match in Brasilia.
John Boye
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to escape the attentions of Ghana's John Boye.
John Boye
Portugal striker Eder competes with Ghana's John Boye for possession.
John Boye
Ghana's John Boye scores an own goal during his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia.

USA fans were screaming for revenge today after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two Cups.

They got it. At a price.

Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a half-minute in, but the US couldn't make it stand up. Andre Ayew tied the score in the 82nd minute after a brilliant back-heel pass from Asamoah Gyan, who had eliminated the Americans four years ago.

Clint Dempsey
QUICKFIRE: Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring a World Cup goal in about half-a-minute.

And then, just four minutes later, 20-year-old John Brooks rose to head in Graham Zusi's corner kick from eight yards - the first substitute to ever score for the United States in 30 World Cup games over 84 years.

The defender, an unexpected addition to the American roster, was so overcome he fell to the field and was unable to move even after team-mates climbed off the dog pile. He had made his national team debut only last August, and Brooks hadn't scored in four appearances.

USA players ran onto the field to celebrate at the final whistle, jumping as supporters chanted ''U-S-A! U-S-A!'' Now the Americans are in good position in Group G, where Germany opened with a 4-0 rout of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.  US coach Jurgen Klinsmann had said this would be like a final.

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Jozy Altidore was hoping it wasn't his finale.

The forward was carried off on a stretcher after his left hamstring gave out in the 21st minute when he tried to control a long ball. He awaits tests that will determine whether he can return for this World Cup.

Dempsey went down too on a balmy late-autumn night but stayed in the game. The USA captain ended the first half with a tissue up his nose to stop the bleeding after John Boye's kick to his face during a battle for a header in the 31st minute, and he was struggling for breath in the second.

Matt Besler came out at the start of the second half after feeling tightness in his right hamstring. It was his replacement, Brooks, who scored the winning goal. Zusi was also a sub, coming on for the hobbling Alejandro Bedoya in the second half.

By the time of the final whistle, the USA lineup had Brooks in central defense and a virtually invisible 23-year-old Aron Johannsson upfront.

Now the odds favour advancement. But that might depend on which players are able to make it on the field for next Monday's game against Portugal in the hot and humid Amazon rain forest capital of Manaus. 

Follow live commentary as the United States face Ghana in a Group G match at the Estádio das Dunas, Natal.

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