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PHOTOS: Super-sub Brooks heads US home

June 17, 2014 06:16 IST

PHOTOS: Super-sub Brooks heads US home

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After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana.

US fans were screaming for revenge Monday after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two Cups. They got it. At a price.

Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a half-minute in, but the US couldn't make it stand up.


Image: John Brooks of the United States scores his team's second goal on a header past Adam Kwarasey of Ghana
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Ayew scored the equaliser for Ghana

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Andre Ayew tied the score in the 82nd minute after a brilliant back-heel pass from Asamoah Gyan, who had eliminated the US four years ago.

And then, just four minutes later, 20-year-old John Brooks rose to head in Graham Zusi's corner kick from 8 yards -- the first substitute to ever score for the United States in 30 World Cup games over 84 years.


Image: Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the equaliser
Photographs: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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Dempsey's brilliance puts US ahead

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The defender, an unexpected addition to the American roster, was so overcome he fell to the field and was unable to move even after teammates climbed off the dog pile. He had made his national team debut only last August, and Brooks hadn't scored in four appearances.

US players ran onto the field to celebrate at the final whistle, jumping as supporters chanted "U-S-A! U-S-A!" Now the Americans are in good position in Group G, where Germany opened with a 4-0 rout of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann had said this would be like a final. Jozy Altidore was hoping it wasn't his finale.

The forward was carried off on a stretcher after his left hamstring gave out in the 21st minute when he tried to control a long ball. He awaits tests that will determine whether he can return for this World Cup.


Image: Clint Dempsey of the United States reacts after scoring his team's first goal past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey of Ghana
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Boye's shot injures Dempsey

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Dempsey went down too on a balmy late-autumn night but stayed in the game. The US captain ended the first half with a tissue up his nose to stop the bleeding after John Boye's kick to his face during a battle for a header in the 31st minute, and he was struggling for breath in the second.

Matt Besler came out at the start of the second half after feeling tightness in his right hamstring. It was his replacement, Brooks, who scored the winning goal. Zusi was also a sub, coming on for the hobbling Alejandro Bedoya in the second half.

By the time of the final whistle, the US lineup had Brooks in central defense and a virtually invisible 23-year-old Aron Johannsson at forward.


Image: Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the field as referee Jonas Eriksson stands over him
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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