Clint Dempsey gave United States the lead in only 29 seconds (Getty Images)

An early Clint Dempsey goal kick-started things for United States as the they beat Ghana 2-1 in their World Cup Group G clash. Playing four hours after Germany beat Portugal 4-0 to go on top, both sides knew they had to make it count in the encounter. And USA did.

Dempsey scored the first goal within just 30 seconds before his side defended the slender lead until Ghana pulled one back in the 82nd minute. United States didn’t fall flat though and kept pushing ahead, believing they could get another one. A corner kick taken by substitute Graham Zusi was met by his fellow substitute-teammate John Brook’s head to grab the winner.

Ghana started without stars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien and missed the finishing touch up-front as they were stunned by FIFA World Cup 2014’s earliest goal yet. As soon as Boateng came on in the second-half, the Black Stars looked potent in their attacks and the equalizer soon came through Ayew’s effort.

German-born Brooks’ winner is his first goal for his adopted country and the win made Jurgen Klinsmann’s 50th match in charge of the United States a memorable one.

The victory also avenged defeats to Ghana in the past two World Cups, the latter when Ghana went on to the quarter-finals.

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