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Posted by Gary Al-Smith on 06/26/2010

Ghana into Quarters

Stat of the day: Ghana has made history by improving on the last 16 finish it made in Germany four years ago. It is our first time in the quarters and we're the third AFrican team in the quarters, after Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002

As we've made it to the last eight, Accra and all other parts of Ghana are going ballistic.

And you must understand why. The job is not done but the emotion here is raw, passionate and telling.

Last week and throughout this week, thousands of people have been displaced by floods, people have also died and lost property and when the guys do these things, it makes us forget all our problems.

My, someone pinch me!

Ghana’s Black Stars once again showed why it is the hope of Africa by advancing to the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup. Ghana won 2-1.

The United States was eliminated from the World Cup by Ghana for the second straight time as Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 second-round victory Saturday night.

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards. Ghana did not manage a goal from open play in their group games – their four points came courtesy of two penalties – yet they lost no time in opening their account in the knockout stage.

With just five minutes gone, Kevin-Prince Boateng dispossessed Ricardo Clark in the centre circle and set off on an impressive run. By the time Jay DeMerit and Carlos Bocanegra woke up to the danger, Boateng was striding into their penalty area, and though he struck the ball early, he did so with a conviction and an accuracy that surprised Howard.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn't tie it again.

In 2006, Ghana scored thrpugh goals by Haminu Draman and Stephen Appiah, but this time Appiah came from the bench and Draman, who was not a part of the team in SA, watched from Accra.
Millions of people thronged the streets and danced and made merry after the win.

“I am going to party till the break of dawn,” said Maria Asante said.

Details and ratings later.

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Comments

Posted by Pahriadi on 06/26/2010

Viva Africa!

Posted by Muzafar Hussein Rusooly on 06/27/2010

Dear Africans,

This is the most memorable victory of an African side in World Cup History.
We knew Ghana will make an impact, there recent results are there to see.
All Credits to the players.
They had faith and they made it through!

Muzafar Hussein Rusooly
Good Lands, MAURITIUS

Im Mauritian, Im Afrikan, IM BLACK!

Posted by George Francis on 06/27/2010

Here, in Barbados, we are rallying behind the Blackstars. Congratulations as you carry the hopes and dreams of Ghana and, not only an entire continent, but we of the African diaspora here in the Caribbean and the world over.
May God be with you! May our dream become a true African glory.

Posted by shirley williams on 06/27/2010

Go on to victory Africa!

Posted by givemore chirapa on 06/27/2010

Ghana has done Africa proud, we are so much behind them especially in their game against Uruguay, I know they do depth and will certainly upset Diego Forlan and the rest of the Uruguan squad

Posted by Eric Mitsanze on 06/27/2010

It really feels good for Africa.The whole of Africa is behind you Black Stars.KEEP THE FAITH!!

Eric
Kenya

Posted by azangbego nurudeen on 06/27/2010

ghanaians are chosening people of god and that makes the best in africa. They discoved oil, good governance. Won the fifa under 20 world cap. And nearly the cap of nation. How can god reword a nation than

Posted by edmond on 06/27/2010

this was really an exciting moment in Ghana and the whole of africa. I know Ghana is going to set a new record of being the only african country to reach the semi finals. Bravo Ghana and keep the flag of the continent high

Posted by dine on 06/27/2010

I am an Algrian supporter but I am with the Black Stars all the way. The pride of Africa. Go, go, go. All the best in your next match and believe in yourselves, you can do it, you've proved it.

Posted by jeremia shempemba on 06/27/2010

To me the job is done, reached the 16 teams in 2006 surely given the loss of essien,appiah and the form of muntari the target was at least to reach 16 knock outs past it to round of 8 taems in all over the world!!!? is incredible.Relax Ghana, the pressure is to the uruguay who have once been champion, the round of 4 is also ours!Africa!!

Posted by Anonymous on 06/27/2010

Hello Blacstars;

Whew I saw Asomoah lift his leg and within a flash of a second the ball had hit the net delivering that magical winning goal; my heart bled for Africa. Then all of a sudden I was overwhelmed with tears of joy. Black Stars, you have done Africa proud and given it hope. Hope that could radiate in all areas where our continent has become a laughing stock: poverty, famine, corruption,backwardness, etc. YOU ARE BECAUSE AFRICA IS, AND BECAUSE AFRICA IS THEREFORE YOU ARE. IF OTHERS CAN, WHY NOT US? Go, Go Go Black Stars, the sky is the limit.


Richard Adongu
Kampala, Uganda

Posted by Richard Adongu on 06/27/2010

Hello Blacstars;

Whew I saw Asomoah lift his leg and within a flash of a second the ball had hit the net delivering that magical winning goal; my heart bled for Africa. Then all of a sudden I was overwhelmed with tears of joy. Black Stars, you have done Africa proud and given it hope. Hope that could radiate in all areas where our continent has become a laughing stock: poverty, famine, corruption,backwardness, etc. YOU ARE BECAUSE AFRICA IS, AND BECAUSE AFRICA IS THEREFORE YOU ARE. IF OTHERS CAN, WHY NOT US? Go, Go Go Black Stars, the sky is the limit.


Richard Adongu
Kampala, Uganda

Posted by Gilbert Mwansasu on 06/27/2010

Ghana was the first African country to gain independence and so will be in reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Cup!!

Posted by FGr on 06/27/2010

Why is the American press so ignorant of the fact that most of the fans in the seats at the USA-Ghana match really were Ghanaians? There are hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians working in South Africa.

While there are non-Ghanaian Africans who support them, as the posts here show, it isn't on the level it is being made out to be.

Then again sports writers aren't the sharpest tacks in the box.

Posted by Gilbert Mwansasu on 06/27/2010

Ghana was the first African country to gain independence and so will be in reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Cup!!

Posted by cyber on 06/28/2010

We love you Ghana... Uruguay, u're next on our list!
From a proud ghanaian in Shanghai

Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2010

cyber,

We all hope the Stars will do it again on Friday.

Posted by Ruth on 06/29/2010

Almost three days later and I still can't get over the amazing win by Ghana over the US. There aren't enough words to describe the pride I feel knowing that the Black Stars have kept Africa alive! Not ony is Ghana behind you, ALL of Africa is! Remember, keep your head up and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. VERY PROUD of you!!!

Ruth
Eritrea

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