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USA ousted with big loss to Ghana
June 27th, 2013 3:11PM
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[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).
Att.: 4,873.



3 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
    Wow. Maybe an off day for the US team but they were second best from the start and it was never a contest. The African team was stronger and more physical, more skilled, with a higher soccer IQ, and hungrier. For the Ghana headed goal we were 10 statues and a keeper--is this supposed to be zonal marking? Poor display, sorry they couldn't make it out of the group stage. Lots of work to be done, America!
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 5:38 p.m.
    Stronger, more physical, more skilled with a higher Soccer IQ? And hungrier? Lot's of work to be done America? You said it all R2 Dad!!!
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 28, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.
    Peter, Mexico killed Mali 4-1. Isnt that the team that tied with Greece and Paraguay ??? It seems that their style was quite effective today in scoring goals and not as predictable. LOL>

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