By Alyssa Pereira

In the first opening game victory since 2002, the United States bested Ghana, a country that twice ousted the national team in the last two World Cups.

Clint Dempsey scored the 6th fastest goal in World Cup history only 34 seconds into the first half, and went unanswered until the 82 minute when André Ayew’ equaled up the score. The U.S. didn’t need to worry for long, as the young John Brooks sunk one into the corner in the 86th minute.

Jozy Altidore went down from a hamstring injury in the 21st minute, and Dempsey suffered a bloody nose after a high kick to the face courtesy of Ghanaian defender Jonathan Mensah.

Despite outshooting the U.S. 21-8, Ghana couldn’t seal the deal in points.

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Since Germany overtook the Portugese, they are tied with the U.S. for the top spot in Group G (affectionately dubbed the “Group of Death”). Next up the U.S. will face Portugal in the Amazonian city of Manaus on Sunday, and Germany will square off against Ghana.

For more on this game, head to CBS.


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