US beats Ghana 2-1 in World Cup opener

Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:12:37 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 17 2014 12:23:29 AM EDT

Local soccer fans gathered at Jacksonville Landing to watch the World Cup match on a jumbotron.

NATAL, BRAZIL -

Clint Dempsey scored the sixth fastest goal in World Cup History and John Brooks scored the game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in Group G.

Dempsey gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with a goal just 32 seconds into the match. The Americans took a 1-0 lead into the half, despite an injury to forward Jozy Altidore who left the game with a strained hamstring.

Ghana fought back in the second half with a goal from Andre Ayew in the 82nd minute. But just four minutes later, Brooks scored off a corner kick from Graham Zusi.

The win gave the U.S. three crucial points in Group G, better known as the Group of Death. They are now tied with Germany atop of the group.

The United States takes on Portugal in its second match on Sunday, June 22nd.

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