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Africa's hopes rode with Ghana at the start of the knockout phase of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The host continent's only survivor after the group stages faced the US in a thriller that needed extra time to decide on Saturday.
First half...five minutes in...Kevin-Prince Boateng found room to work against the American defenders. He sent a low shot past a diving Tim Howard at the near post...and it was 1-0 Ghana. (replay) Boateng's rush put the US on its heels, and he had enough balance to strike it hard from the edge of the area. Ghana goes out in front.
But the US would uphold its reputation for late-match drama with another comeback. The score was still 1-0 in the 62nd minute. Ghana's Jonathan Mensah took out Clint Dempsey on the way to the goal and was hit with a penalty. Group stage hero Landon Donovan looked to build on his standout performance for the American side. He blasted the penalty kick home off the right post, and the US had forced a tie at 1-1. The score remained deadlocked after 90 minutes.
Three minutes into extra time...Asamoah Gyan made the play of the match for the Black Stars. He scored and put Ghana into the quarterfinals. Gyan held off US defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jay DeMerit to smash a left-footed winner from about 12 yards out. Ghana keeps African dreams alive, and advances to the next round.