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Asamoah Gyan was the hero for the Black Stars...

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Howard:  6 - The Everton ‘keeper was beaten at the near post in the early going but made a couple of good saves after that. The stop on Asamoah in the 37th minute was the pick of the bunch. Had no chance on Gyan’s bullet.

Cherundolo: 5.5 - The full-back had his hands full with Ayew and was beaten on more than one occasion in the first half. Ghana seemed intent to attack the flanks and that was bad news for Cherundolo who picked up an early yellow card and was rendered ineffective after that.

Bocanegra: 6 - The captain will not sleep easy for the next few days as he failed to push Gyan off the ball for the game winner.

DeMerit: 5.5 – He made a couple of mistakes in the early going and was too slow in closing down Boateng who opened the scoring. Gyan never should have been able to muscle his way past him and Bocanegra to net the winner.

Bornstein: 6 - Another slow start hurt the USA tonight and the back line was sloppy at times this evening with Bornstein unable to deal with the speed of the Ghanaian wingers.

Bradley: 6.5 - He has been turning heads in this tournament with his warrior-like performances but he was very much a peripheral figure in the first half. Like many of his team-mates he improved after the break and had a great chance to win the game in the 76th minute.

Clark: 4 - An absolute horror show this evening. He was preferred to Maurice Edu but put his team in an early hole when his give-away led to Ghana's first goal and then picked up a yellow card just moments later. He was unceremoniously hooked in the 30th minute…of the first half.

Donovan:  7.5 - He is the engine that powers the Americans forward but he was struck in neutral in the first half. He really turned it on after the interval, providing the pass to Dempsey that led to the penalty, which the LA Galaxy star calmly struck past Kingson.

Dempsey: 6.5 - The Fulham man will be black and blue after this match as he went down injured on a couple of occasions. Popped up with a great pass to play Findley through and won the penalty with a feisty run in the area.

Findley:  5 - Returned to the starting XI after his one-match suspension and should have really scored in 35th minute. Hooked at the interval after an uninspiring 45 minutes.

Altidore: 6 - He has been hacked and harangued all tournament long but has been guilty of missing some good chances and he spurned a great chance on 80 minutes that would have made him the hero.

Substitutions:

Edu: 6 – Came on sooner than he would have expected for the disappointing Clark and provided a solid anchor in the middle of the park.

Feilhaber: 7 – Replaced Findley but he too failed to capitalise on a glorious chance at the start of the second half. Did, though, provide a great spark off the bench.

Gomez: N/A

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Kingson: 7.5 - Is widely regarded as Africa’s top shot-stopper and did his reputation no harm with a great stop from Findley in the first half. He made a series of good saves in the second half but had no chance on Donovan’s penalty.

Pantsil: 6.5 - Nicknamed the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, he was strong and steady in defence, keeping a close eye on Demspey and company. He made a great sliding tackle to deny Feilharber in the 53rd minute.

John Mensah: 7 - Made a heroic sliding tackle on Dempsey and kept his defence corps calm, cool and collected after they were on the back foot for much of the second half.

Jonathan Mensah: 5.5 - The teenager was dominant in the air for the first 45 minutes although his poor pass to Dempsey almost led to a goal for the USA. He made a bigger error when he failed to get a piece of the ball and conceded a penalty.

Sarpei: 6 - Figured to be in for a long night going up against Donovan but the full-back held his own against the American talisman for one half at least before he was overrun and limped off the field in the 72nd minute.

Inkoom: 6 - Did well to get forward in the second half but was caught offside one time too many for his coach’s liking.

Annan: 6.5 - He has played every minute of the World Cup so far for Ghana and bossed around the American midfield for the first 45 minutes until they woke up in the second half.

Kevin-Prince Boateng: 7.5 – He was the most dangerous player on the pitch for the Black Stars and he was rewarded with his first goal for his country and what a strike it was. Pulled up lame in the 77th minute and was forced off.

Ayew:  7 - Roasted Cherundolo at will in the first half and posed a threat to the USA’s back line whenever he had the ball at his feet. Faded away in the second period but still can hold his head high.

Asamoah: 6 - A solid outing from the Udinese midfielder although he provided a weak cross in the 27th minute when a good ball could have doubled Ghana’s lead at the time.

Gyan: 8 - Ghana’s hero tonight often cut a lonely figure up front but he linked up extremely well with Boateng and powered his way past both US centre-backs to smash home the game winner in extra-time. Won’t ever have to pay for a beer in Accra again.

Substitutes:

Lee Addy 6 – The 24-year-old will have pleased his coach with his tidy, polished performance.

Appiah: 6 - Added a veteran presence to the side when the Black Stars looked vulnerable.

Muntari: N/A

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