[U-20 WORLD CUP] A 4-1 loss to 2009 champion Ghana on Thursday eliminated the USA from the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
The Americans, who opened with a 4-1 loss to Spain before tying France, 1-1, needed a victory to retain any hopes of advancing. They fell behind in the 38th minute when Frank Acheampong, who looked slightly offside, exploited a penatly area scramble to stroke home from seven yards.
Ebenezer Assifuah extended the Black Satellites’ lead in the 58th minute with a 17-yard shot before Shane O’Neill made it 2-1 by heading home a Jose Villarreal cross after a short corner kick in the 69th minute.
Ghana, which opened with loses to France (3-1) and Spain (1-0), desperately needed a win and to improve its goal difference to stay in contention for the knockout stage as a third-place finisher. It scored its third when Assifuah headed home a 78th minute corner kick. He had escaped the cover of Mark Stanko while goalkeeper Cody Cropper was stranded in no man’s land.
Cropper, who had made a spectacular save on Acheampong in the 48th minute, let Kennedy Ashia’s 83rd minute shot through his legs on Ghana’s final goal.
Spain beat France, 2-1, to finish atop Group A with a perfect record. France advanced with a second-place finish.
With only three points, Ghana is still a long shot to advance as it will have to get help from two of the four groups that finish up over the next two days.
June 27 in Kayseri, Turkey
Ghana 4 USA 1.
Goals: Acheampong 38, Assifuah 58, Assifuah 78, Ashia 83; O’Neill 69.
USA -- Cropper; Yedlin (Cuevas, 54), Stanko, O’Neill, Ocegueda; Lopez (Garcia, 46), Trapp; Sorto, Gil, Rodriguez (Pineda, 79); Villarreal.
Ghana -- Antwi; Attamah, Rahman Baba, Acheampong (Ofori, 89), Salifu, Aboagye, Nketiah, Lartey, Assifuah, Odjer (Ashia, 74), Boakye (Narh, 74).
Yellow cards: USA -- Yedlin 30; Ghana -- Moses Odjer 40, Ashia 84, Lartey 85.
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain).