The U.S. led the way in Group C by working hard and taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes. The fumble by Robert Green of England was the key moment, giving them a draw against the group favorites and enabling them to emerge as eventual winners of the group. The hopes of the African continent lay on the shoulders of the Ghanaian players, who could easily have finished top of Group D if they had finished off the numerous chances they created against Germany. This meeting at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be tightly fought and fast-paced.
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Having been impressive in the group stages with their speed of movement and team play, the U.S. will fancy their chances against an athletic but limited Ghanaian side. Bob Bradley’s team started off their World Cup campaign with an impressive draw against England and they’ve gone from strength to strength since then, coming back from two goals down to grab a draw against Slovenia and then overcoming Algeria with a last-minute goal by the heroic Landon Donovan. The storylines from the U.S. games so far in the tournament personify the strengths of their team – persistence, commitment and solidity.
Landon Donovan was the hero of their final group game, grabbing the winning goal against Slovenia that put the U.S. in top position in the final group table. The LA Galaxy man is capable of causing problems to any defense with his fast dribbling ability and clever runs in the wide areas, so Ghana are likely to try and limit the space in the channels to nullify Donovan’s effect on the game. But the U.S. could have some joy if they play the ball to Donovan’s feet from their own half of the field, allowing him to run at the Ghanaian defense who struggle greatly against players that have such exceptional dribbling ability. Defensive positioning is the big weakness in the U.S. team. In all three of their group games, Bob Bradley’s men gave the opposition far too much space on the edge of the penalty area, allowing shots to be taken at Tim Howard’s goal. Although Howard is one of the best goalkeeper’s at the tournament, he will need plenty of support from a tight defense to help the U.S. advance.
Ghana are usually many neutral’s favorite team in the competition due to their attacking style of play and committed attitude towards each game they play. Milovan Rajevac’s team will have even more support this time around, being the only African nation left in the continent’s first ever World Cup Finals. For the Ghanaian team it’s been a difficult journey to the knockout stages. Without injured midfielder Michael Essien, they did well to get out of a very difficult looking group which included Germany, Serbia and Australia and confidence will be high now that they can get the better of the U.S. just as they did in the group stages in Germany 2006.
Key to Ghana’s success has been the speed of forward Asamoah Gyan, who is generally deployed as the lone striker in a deceptively attacking formation. Gyan has scored the team’s only two goals so far in the competition and where his fellow attacking players have struggled in front of goal he has the composure and finishing ability to make the difference. As a team, the ability to finish off opposition is the big weakness for Ghana. They cannot afford to miss as many chances as they did in the group stages when they play against teams like the U.S. who have ruthless efficiency in their attacking play.
It’s expected to be a heated game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, so composure will be needed from both teams. Ghana have the edge with their ability to play on the counter attack, and the African team should create enough opportunities to win the game by a couple of goals. The only question mark that remains is whether Ghana will indeed take their chances. Asamoah Gyan should be the man to steer them through to the quarter-finals.
USA vs Ghana Prediction: Ghana 2-1 U.S.
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