Ghana vs. United States: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 16, 2014

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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John Brooks popped up with a memorable winner as the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in Natal on Monday.

Clint Dempsey had opened the scoring for the Americans inside the first minute of the first half, but after pouring on the pressure Ghana finally equalised with eight minutes to play through Andre Ayew.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Ghana Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Ghana

Kwarasey: Might have got a leg on Dempsey’s shot.

Opare: Putting in cross after cross—few of them useful.

Boye: Culpable for Dempsey’s opener, but did well to block Altidore shortly after.

Mensah: The U.S. might be onto something if they can turn him from the right.

Asamoah: So far so good as a makeshift left-back.

Atsu: Running at Beasley.

Rabiu: The only player to go into the book in the first half.

Muntari: Should have been booked for a reckless challenge on Jones.

A.Ayew: Only 17 touches of the ball thus far.

Gyan: Showing plenty of energy but will want to do better than the two shots he managed during the opening frame.

J.Ayew: Missed an absolute sitter just before the halftime whistle.

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Full-Time analysis for Ghana

Kwarasey: Composed save on Dempsey late on.

Opare: A mostly wasteful performance from the 23-year-old.

Boye: Moved the ball nicely out of defense, but was AWOL on Brooks’ winner.

Mensah: See above.

Asamoah: The natural winger was one of Ghana’s best players as a makeshift left-back.

Atsu: Started brightly but only faded after that.

Rabiu: Didn’t manage to create a single, meaningful opening.

Muntari: Whistled a shot from distance just wide of the near corner.

A.Ayew: Made no mistake when Gyan finally put him through.

Gyan: Set up Ayew’s equaliser with a sublime back-heel.

J.Ayew: Substituted after an anonymous showing.

Boateng: His introduction temporarily sparked the Ghana attack.

Essien: Not match-fit, and it showed.

Adomah: Had only a single shot after being introduced to bolster the frontline.

United States Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for United States

Howard: Denied Gyan an equaliser just after the half-hour mark.

Johnson: On the back-foot through much of the first half.

Cameron: Positionally superb but sub-par in distribution.

Besler: Made a pair of vital first-half tackles.

Beasley: Has so far done with Ghana’s wide threat admirably.

Beckerman: Fighting one or two pitched battles in the centre of the park.

Bedoya: Just 16 touches but a good defensive display.

Jones: Assisted on Dempsey’s goal and helped Muntari talk himself out of a booking.

Bradley: Operating quite deep but has touched the ball more than any other American player.

Altidore: His World Cup might be over after sustaining what looked to be a hamstring injury.

Dempsey: Became the fastest-ever American goalscorer at a World Cup finals.

Johannsson: Had one clear-cut chance but managed to fluff it.

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Full-Time analysis for United States

Howard: A stand-out performance from the Everton goalkeeper.

Johnson: Set up Dempsey with a late opportunity.

Cameron: Made an absolutely vital block on Gyan.

Besler: Substituted at the break with an apparent hamstring injury.

Beasley: The 32-year-old continues to defy the aging process.

Beckerman: Made a trio of important tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Bedoya: A good defensive contributor before limping off.

Jones: A heroic performance from the midfielder, who set up the Dempsey opener.

Bradley: By the latter part of the second half he seemed rather lost.

Altidore: His World Cup might be over after sustaining what looked to be a hamstring injury.

Dempsey: Was denied a brace by Kwarasey.

Johannsson: Only a single shot after replacing Altidore.

Brooks: Popped up to head in the winner.

Zusi: Picked up an assist on the Brooks winner.