WC group ‘G’ game: Fact file: Ghana vs USA

Ghana have beaten the USA 2-1 at the last two World Cups (2006 group stage, 2010 second round).

Indeed USA were knocked out of the 2010 World Cup by Ghana; the last team to face the same opponent in consecutive World Cup games was Scotland, who were eliminated by Brazil in 1990 before facing them in their 1998 opener (they didn’t qualify in 1994). This will also happen a few days before this match when the Netherlands face Spain.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann scored twice against Ghana in a 6-1 friendly win by Germany in 1993.

Match facts
Four of Ghana’s nine World Cup goals have come against the USA.

Ghana scored more goals than any other team in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers (25).

No player scored more goals than Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers (six). He has also scored four and assisted two of Ghana’s nine World Cup goals in total, and netted the winner against USA in 2010.

If Gyan scores twice, then he will surpass Cameroon’s Roger Milla and become the top African goalscorer in the World Cup with six goals.

The USA have only kept two clean sheets in their last 23 World Cup matches.

USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann played 17 games and scored 11 goals at the World Cup with Germany. This is his second World Cup as head coach, having led his home nation to third place in 2006.

The USA are facing African opponents for the third straight match in World Cups (Ghana 2006 and 2010, Algeria 2010).

They won a national record 12 straight matches in 2013.

It’s been 12 years since a USA striker scored at a World Cup (Brian McBride v Mexico).

DaMarcus Beasley could become the first American to play in four World Cups.

Landon Donovan has been left out of the USA Squad for the 2014 World Cup. He is USA’s top scorer at World Cups with five goals; he has scored three of their last four at the competition.

Current form
Ghana are world number 38 according to the current FIFA ranking, whereas USA are ranked number 13

Last 5 matches by Ghana
Friendly internationals 2014
09.06.2014 South Korea – Ghana 0:4 (0:2)
Friendly internationals 2014
31.05.2014 Netherlands – Ghana 1:0 (1:0)
Friendly internationals 2014
05.03.2014 Montenegro – Ghana 1:0 (1:0)
World Cup 2014, Qualifying tournament, Africa, Third round

19.11.2013 Egypt – Ghana 2:1 (1:0)
World Cup 2014, Qualifying tournament, Africa, Third round

15.10.2013 Ghana – Egypt 6:1 (3:1)
They have won 2 and lost 3 of their last 5 games
Last 5 matches by USA
Friendly internationals 2014
07.06.2014 USA – Nigeria 2:1 (1:0)
Friendly internationals 2014
01.06.2014 USA – Turkey 2:1 (1:0)
Friendly internationals 2014
27.05.2014 USA – Azerbaijan 2:0 (0:0)
Friendly internationals 2014
02.04.2014 USA – Mexico 2:2 (2:0)
Friendly internationals 2013
19.11.2013 Austria – USA 1:0 (1:0)
They have won 4 and drawn 1 in their last 5 games

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