Kevin Prince Boatang and Asamoah Gyan (pictured) scored goals early in regular time and over-time respectively to deservedly lift Ghana over a weak American challenge, 2-1 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. Boatang drilled an opener just four minutes into the game, once again leaving USA with an uphill challenge right from the start. The Black Stars were far more competent as American manager Bob Bradley stupidly played a weak line-up against the young, physical Ghanians. Robbie Findley and Ricardo Clark in particular were poor choices with Bradley acknowledging his dreadful errors by removing Clark before half-time. Findley exited at the half and the USA looked immediately more in control. Clint Dempsey was tackled in the box near the hour mark which allowed Landon Donovan to equalize for the Americans, yet it just never seemed to be the day the Americans would return to the quarterfinals.
Tired, sluggish and largely uninterested, the Americans drooped their way around the field launching poor crosses, weak passes and providing very little challenge to a free-flowing Ghana side. The fact that the game reached over-time at all was a surprise. Ghana then opened the first period of over-time with a wonderful goal from Gyan that sealed victory for the Black Stars. The Americans had nothing in response, failing miserably at almost every conceivable chance. So the USA crash out of the World Cup and Ghana remain the standard bearer for Africa in their quarterfinal match-up with Uruguay next weekend.