Ghana (National Football)

2010 FIFA World Cup: Ghana's Greatest World Cup Moment

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - JUNE 22:  Razak Pimpong and Stephen Appiah of Ghana celebrate during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 match between Ghana and USA played at the Stadium Nuernberg on June 22, 2006 in Nuremberg, Germany.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Andrew JordanSenior Writer IMay 17, 2010

Throughout the history of Ghanese football, there have been many great players and moments that have existed for the Black Stars.

But somehow, Ghana never were able to qualify for the World Cup as they always fell short.

But that all changed in 2006, as a terrific squad that contained the likes of Michael Essien and Stephen Appiah were able to qualify for their first World Cup out of Group Two in African qualification.

But in their first World Cup, Ghana found themselves in the Group of Death, as they had to face and beat Italy, the Czech Republic, and the United States to advance from Group E.

For the Black Stars, the ultimate test to advance from their group started off against Italy in Hannover against Italy, a match that Ghana lost 2-0 against the eventual World Cup champions.

After that first match, Ghana traveled down to Cologne to face a Czech Republic side that just defeated the United States 3-0 in their first match.

But Ghana played the Czech Republic tough throughout the entire match, and thanks to an early goal from Asamoah Gyan, and late goal from Sulley Muntari, Ghana beat the Czechs 2-0 to set up an epic final group stage match with the United States.

During the second match, the United States gave Italy their only result that was not a win in the 2006 World Cup, as they battled Italy to a 1-1 draw, despite only having nine players for a sizable portion of the match.

So in the final match at Kaiserslautern, the United States and Ghana were to battle each other, with the winner most likely going to advance and the loser going back home.

Early on, it was Ghana who were able to take control, and after a turnover from USA captain Claudio Reyna, Haminu Draman was able to beat American keeper Kasey Keller to give Ghana a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes before the half, DeMarcus Beasley was able to put together a perfect pass to a streaking Clint Dempsey, who deposited home the pass to tie the match 1-1.

It appeared that would be the score going into the half, but striker Razek Pimpong fell down quite easily against American defender Oguchi Onyewu and referee Markus Merk awarded Ghana the penalty.

On the ensuing penalty, Stephen Appiah scored in the top right corner to give Ghana a 2-1 lead.

In the second half, the United States decided to charge towards Ghana's goal to get the tying goal, but Ghana's defense remained resilient and were able to prevent the Americans to score another goal.

And with that, Ghana were able to fend off the USA for a 2-1 win to advance to the Round of 16 against Brazil.

Sadly for Ghana, they became the final African nation to be eliminated as Brazil won 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals.

But despite this, Ghana's 2-1 win over the United States is the greatest moment in Ghanese football history, but that could be subject to change in South Africa next month.

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