USA to face Ghana side scraping for goals
When the US face Ghana in the Round of 16, they will meet
an African squad that have had trouble finding the back of the net. The Black
Stars are yet to score from the run of play in this World Cup and were shut out 1-0 by Germany on
Wednesday in their group finale.
“We’ve created wonderful chances to score but we had a bit
of bad luck and we failed to hit home,” said Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac.
“Perhaps we lacked a bit of concentration...I hope we can score goals going
The two occasions on which Ghana hit the back of the net in the
2010 World Cup came on penalty kicks converted by striker Asamoah Gyan.
Nonetheless, the Americans are forewarned, as the Ghanaians proved once
again that they can move up the field quickly and can be deadly on the counter.
“It was a very difficult match, but we fought and it was
enough to get us through,” said Ghana winger Andre Ayew. “We had opportunities
but the important thing is that we went through.”
The lone goal in Wednesday’s Group D match came from
Germany’s Mesut Ozil, who showed off his world-class skill on his left-footed
volley that decided the game.
"I could have already made it 1-0 in the first half, so
I was a bit annoyed with myself," Ozil said. "I was disappointed, but
I knew that I would score a goal."
"I told [Ozil] in the halftime break, 'You've
still got a goal in you,'" said German manager Joachim Loew. "This was
an incredibly intense game and not many things worked out for us, but we have now reached the next stage...the Round of 16 game [vs.
England] will be a class encounter. We are looking forward to it."
Ghana could very well be the only African team in the second round by the time the group stage is complete. It is expected that they will
earn the sympathy of the local South Africans for as long as they survive in
“I hope the majority of South Africans will continue to
support us...I hope we will benefit from massive support here,”
Rajevac said. “There is no time to celebrate, the next match is very close.”
The Black Stars date with the US is on Saturday, June 26 in
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