Ghana's Asamoah Gyan Becomes 1st African to Score at 3 Different World Cups

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Ghana's Asamoah Gyan Becomes 1st African to Score at 3 Different World Cups
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With a 63rd minute goal during Ghana's 2-2 draw with Germany at the World Cup on Saturday, Asamoah Gyan became the first African player to score at three different World Cups, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The goal was a shocking one in the game, as Ghana took an unexpected 2-1 lead over a team many believe will win the entire tournament. Unfortunately for the Ghanaians, Germany's Miroslav Klose netted the equalizer just eight minutes later, ending the match in a draw. 

Despite only earning one point, Ghana are still alive for the knockout stage, but must beat Portugal in their final group match to have a shot at the next round.

Gyan has now scored five career World Cup goals, tying him with Cameroon's Roger Milla for the most ever scored by an African player, per ESPN's Paul Carr.

Gyan's first World Cup goal was scored in a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic in the 2006 tournament in Germany. It was his only successful strike that year, but he opened up the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by netting against Serbia in a 1-0 win. He then scored in Ghana's next match against Australia, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Arguably, his most important goal came next, when he scored three minutes into stoppage time against the United States to propel Ghana into the quarterfinals, where they eventually lost to Uruguay on penalties.

Gyan will try to become the all-time leading goalscorer among African players when Ghana face Portugal on Thursday. Both sides need a victory to maintain any hope of advancing to the knockout round.

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