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Ghana’s Gyan: “We dominated the game”; Team laments late lapse vs US

Jun 17, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT

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For all the highs in America, there are heads hanging low in Ghana.

But that doesn’t mean Ghana star Asamoah Gyan is giving up hope for the 2014 World Cup after his nation’s 2-1 loss to the United States in Monday’s Group G match.

The man whose pregame quotes said the Black Stars were “the more talented team” is confident that his team’s performance has some places to hang hats.


“I think we did well,” Gyan told “We dominated the game but we were a bit nervous in the beginning. We lost concentration and the early goal made us even more nervous. When we equalised, we did not concentrate and then conceded from a corner kick which was not good.”

Gyan must now pick up the rest of the team for a crunch game against Germany who were ruthless in their 4-0 thrashing of Portugal earlier in the day.

He said: “Germany have won by four goals so their confidence is high, we have lost and want to come back strongly. We have to stay focused. The confidence is still there even though we have lost. We still have the quality. We don’t have to give up for no reason at all.”

Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah had similar feelings:

“I think that early goal was a disaster, it was unfortunate,” Appiah said post-match.

“Loss of concentration cost us big time. All I can say is that it was a very tough game and when you play at this high level any little mistake can cost you dearly.”

A win against Germany is a must for Ghana, while the United States will hope to put themselves on an easier road with a Sunday win against Portugal.

  1. thatsjustchipper - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    He’s not wrong

  2. term3186 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Dominated? Please. They had what, 3 shots on goal? It’s not about possession – it’s about what you do with it. When the US needed goals, they got 2 in 5 minutes. Missing their target man, forced to field a crippled captain, forced to throw a raw CB into the game, the US did just fine. If Ghana wants to call putting 20 shots into row Z “domination” that’s fine.

    • woodygg - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      he is correct. watch the game. the us is very lucky to have won that game.

      • Mike Oviatt - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        I did watch the game. While it was a very high paced game and I conceded Ghana had the ball a lot. It came down to goal keepers. The US keeper was spot on. Ghana had offense but the US had defense. That is where games are won and lost. How many times did Ghana lose the ball down by the US box?

    • lyleoross - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Actually, if Ghana has a striker who can target, they win four to two or by a greater margin. They were left open on top of the box frequently, they just couldn’t shoot worth garbage. So, their control created many opportunities, their forwards simply didn’t deliver. Give them a Rooney, (you notice I’ve gone for great, but not the best) and they smoke us. GIve them a Suarez, or a Messi, or perchance a Ronaldo, and we will be deep fried.

      • term3186 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        This is true. But you don’t think the coaching staff knows that? If they have those players, we play differently.

      • drewvt6 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        I think there was some US tactical decisions to allow them to bomb away from distance. A team that is quick but not great distance shooters, you lay off a bit more defensively, essentially encouraging them to shoot.

      • lyleoross - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        I don’t disagree with that possibility, but it seemed all to often that we also blew coverage. Some of those “opportunities” weren’t that far away. On the flip side, lets hope you’re correct, it was a strategy, and we are going to take that option away from Portugal, I’d like to know how? What about the back four tells you they can shut down a determined and accomplished striker?

      • scoochpooch - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Lyle, the problem that you’re not understanding is that Ghana doesn’t have those stars (not including Suarez) on their team, in fact most teams don’t. If the US had Ronald they would win more, so would every nation. Very specious argument on your part.
        Problem is Ghana has no one, especially no scorers. This is an issue with soccer in general, from box to box these players are amazing. But once the have a scoring opportunity, the player usually blows it. Either because he never learned how to score or because he simply chokes. That’s why Ronald and Messi look amazing to everyone because they choke less than the average player.

      • lyleoross - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        I don’t disagree with that, but to get to the quarters or semis, you are going to have to play through a Ronaldo, and maybe a Mueller. That is the reality of the WC, that handful of greats comes together. Fun to focus on the win of the moment, and accept they don’t have that super star, but not looking, oh say, one game ahead might be our undoing.

      • lyleoross - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        BTW – I don’t see why my argument was specious? I acknowledged that Ghana had no such player, and then pointed out that IMO, such a player would eat us up. Everyone who doesn’t think we are going to meet such a player, pretty much from here on, raise their hand…

    • sibertt - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Counting shots alone is a poor way to determine domination. Just watch how much of the game was played in the US’s half – in the US’s defending third, even. How many passes the Ghanians intercepted. And just how often our players were outrun. USA was on the back heel the entire game.

  3. twayward - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    You’re both right. Ghana dominated and were incredibly wasteful with possession. The USA need to play to play better vs POR & GER, but put forth an immense defensive performance vs GHA.

  4. midtec2005 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    In a way I almost don’t like scoring early, because it turns into a game of defending for 90 minutes. That’s definitely what happened yesterday, but it worked out!

  5. elgallo2001 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Ghana did hold most of the possession, but they ran out of ideas in the final 3rd. They just had a bunch of long shots and crosses into the middle. US is still lucky to get out of this game with 3pts. But I would tell that Ghana coach that, “yes, you held most of the possession, but you also had problems figuring out how to get quality shots on goal”.

    • scoochpooch - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Because Ghana has no clue at what they’re doing. They can’t score, they just got lucky. Have they even scored a goal before the 80th minute? They rely on tired opponents and hope they get lucky.

  6. drewvt6 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    No one will argue that the US was horrible at linking up through the midfield. But just like England did the other night, Ghana lacked anything beyond that one goal to get through the heart of the US defense. That was a success for the US. We played a little bit of catenaccio in that second half.

  7. scoochpooch - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Such hypocrisy (not that I am surprised from such a 7th world nation), Ghana gets dominated in every international game they play, this idiot just conveniently forgets that.
    The USA scored and then dropped back, conceding possession, knowing Ghana doesn’t have the slightest idea how to put the ball in the net. Then when the USA needed a goal, they got one. The USA scored twice in 5 minutes of trying, I would say that’s domination.

  8. wethog66 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    If Altidore doesn’t tear a hammy and Dempsy doesn’t get kicked in the face, breaking his nose, is the game not a bit different last night? I think so.

    Tough spot to be in, but the US hung on.

    The real issue I see is with the US training staff. Altidore with a significant muscle pull/tear and another good US player leaves with a hammy, plus I remember at least 1 other US player coming up lame towards the end of the game last night. The US training staff needs to give LeBron a call for hydration tips.

    • jcjaguar - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Spot on regarding Altidore and Dempsey…different match if they stay healthy.

  9. granadafan - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I’d be very concerned about the US midfield play and also initial pases from defenders which went awry. That’s where Ghana “dominated”. We gave up the ball, not due to superior play or possession by Ghana.

    Still, great defensive effort by our guys. Practice passing, boys.

  10. braxtonrob - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Conditions were PERFECT for Ghana, and the US looked like we were trying to pass the ball & runt to space in grass 12 inches high. Ghana is younger, bigger, and had more energy (and motivation after Dempsey’s perfect strike).

    To Gyan, Ghana did dominate this game, particularly in possession … and lost.
    And, the US DOMINATED in 2010 … and lost.
    Now you know how it feels. Now it’s Germany’s turn to explain to you just HOW misplaced your egotism is.

  11. imblacknitravel - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    You could claim time of possession for 89:59 and all the added time besides, but if the other team has more goals, what is it worth? A kilo of post-match sour grapes? The only “domination” worth three points is on the scoreboard.

  12. pbrubaker55iironmaiden7 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    watching the game it seemed to me the US scored when they needed to. down Altidore, up by a goal, and everybdy seeming to get injured, not attacking and playing a containment style of play was the only choice especially since ghanas strikers seemed to be way faster then jones, besler and co. It just happened to be we scored 30 sec into the game so the period of holding on and playing smart D w/o getting caught out of position seemed to be drawn out forever. when it was a tied game and needed a goal the US responded immediately.

  13. braxtonrob - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I really have only reply to Gyan and the rest of Ghana’s team –

    One Nation. One Team. One Minute!

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