*Equal Cameroon, Senegal record

By Tony Ubani, in South Africa
The Black Stars of Ghana yesterday beat the United States 2-1 in a round of 16 match played at the  Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa to cruise into the quarter finals of the World Cup thus keeping Africa’s flag flying after five other countries, Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria and host, South Africa crashed out in the first round.

EYE CONTACT... Match winner, Asamoah Gyan eyes the ball for a chest down after out-pacing two US defenders before firing a left footer to seal victory for Ghana. Photo: AFP

The victory makes Ghana the third country in Africa after Cameroon and Senegal to have ever made it to the quarter finals of the World Cup since its inception in 1930 in Uruguay. Cameroon made it in 1990 in Italy while Senegal made it at their debut in 2002 in Korea/Japan .

The goal which came off the boot of Asamoah Gyan in the third minute of the extra time resulted from a long ball from the back from Andre Ayew which found Gyan who then battled with Carlos Bocanegra and despite a little push from the defender, he kept his composure to smash a left-foot shot past Tim Howard from 16 yards.

Gyan took his goal haul to three after scoring in earlier matches against Serbia and Australia from the spot.
Ghana had gone ahead through Kevin Prince Boateng who shot into goal from the edge of the box in the 5th minute but Landon Donovan levelled scores for the Americans who had former president Bill Clinton on the stands rooting for them.

The Black Stars will now play Uruguay who despatched South Korea 2-1 in the first  game of yesterday in the second quarter final on Friday at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.

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