Gyan gives Ghana extra-time glory
Ghana became only the third African team ever to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after beating the USA 2-1 after extra-time on Saturday night.
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It was the second time in successive World Cups that Ghana had defeated the United States, having effectively dumped them out of the tournament four years ago by beating them in the final group game.
Asamoah Gyan's goal, after 93 minutes, was worthy of winning any game after he outmuscled USA captain Carlos Bocanegra to blast his shot past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
It settled a contest that was level at full-time after Landon Donovan's second-half penalty cancelled out a fifth-minute strike from Kevin-Prince Boateng.
It was just reward for Ghana's talent and power in a dramatic encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg and the sole surviving African nation must now fancy their chances of creating an even bigger ripple at this tournament, with Uruguay awaiting them in the last-eight.
Gyan was bursting with pride at being the man to put his nation into the last eight.
"I am the happiest man in the world," the striker said.
"In 2006 we made the second round, now we have gone a step further. We have made Ghana proud and the whole of Africa proud."
United States head coach Bob Bradley felt his side simply did not have anything left to give, saying: "I really felt when we got to 1-1 there were some chances for us.
"Early in the overtime we go down again. At that point, with everything we put into the game early, we didn't have enough after that.
"We have a great squad. We're proud but also disappointed not to have gone further."