Ghana 2-1 United States
Prince-Boateng 5 Donovan (pen) 62
(aet, 90 mins, 1-1)
Asamoah Gyan’s thunderous strike sent Africa’s sole remaining representatives into the quarter-finals after a tense, fascinating struggle in Rustenberg.
Gyan latched onto a hopeful ball forward from Andre Ayew, shook off the attentions of two United States defenders and smashed a left-foot shot past keeper Tim Howard.
Kevin Prince-Boateng gave the Black Stars a fifth-minute lead when he dispossessed Ricardo Clark and ran unchallenged to the edge of the box before firing a low left-foot shot past a poorly-positioned Howard.
Ghana squandered a number of chances but their keeper Richard Kingson also saved them on more than one occasion before the US equalised from the penalty spot.
Landon Donovan sent Kingson the wrong way from the spot after Clint Dempsey had been upended by Jonathan Mensah.
Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore missed the States’ best chances to win the game in normal time before Gyan’s emphatic finish sealed the victory.
Tags: Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, United States, Black Stars, Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Ghana, World Cup