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Black Stars break Ghanaian hearts

English.news.cn   2014-06-17 12:34:48

By Alex Osei-Boateng

ACCRA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Disappointment, frustration and pain were written on the faces of teeming Ghanaian soccer fans following the national team's loss to the United States at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil Monday night.

The soccer fans who thronged one of the fun parks in the capital Accra to watch the game, expressed disappointment over the Black Stars' defeat to the Americans in their opening Group G game.

The U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 to record a famous victory over the Black Stars. The result is a sweet revenge for the Americans who have on two occasions lost to Ghana.

Going into the game at the Estadio Das Dunas stadium in Natal, Ghanaians were optimistic that their side would make mincemeat of the Americans, after having gone through a successful fine-tuning in Miami, United States, ahead of the global soccer glitteri.

Thousands of soccer fans converged at the popular Oxford Street in Osu, Accra to watch the crucial encounter on a large screen courtesy of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, headline sponsors of the Black Stars and Tigo, a mobile telecom company.

Parading first-of-the-water players like Skipper Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari, the Black Stars went into the game as favorites, after running over the U.S. in group stage in the 2006 World Cup and in the round of 16 four years ago.

The fans, clad in T-shirts, cups and hats designed in the red, gold, green and black star colors of the nation were beaming with confidence ahead of the match. They were optimistic the Stars would give a bloody nose to the U.S. side after the cagey encounter.

But that was not to be, as the U.S. inflicted a painful 2-1 defeat to the West African football powerhouse after more than 90 minutes of power-packed soccer action.

Clint Dempsey shot the Yankees into the lead as early as 32 seconds into the game when he raced into Ghana's 18-yard box before shooting past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.

The entire viewing center was thrown into a state of ecstasy and frenzy with some going on the razzle following Black Stars' equalizer in the 82nd minute through Andre Ayew.

Ghananian soccer fans' hearts, however, were broken as John Brook's header on 86 minutes earned the Americans a victory which shoots them into a pole position to make the knock-out stage.

After the game, the once vociferous fans walked quietly along the busy street to their various homes, with dejection, frustration and pain, written all over their faces.

Some of them spoke to Xinhua after the game, expressing varied opinions about the match.

"I am so surprised. I mean they have disappointed us. I just can't believe it. We supposed to win them three-nil or three-one and they have beaten us. Just look around, we don't know what to do again," said Kobina.

"I was wishing at least draw is OK. But I think this people try to take a revenge. The rest of the match I don't think Ghana will win. Even this people we can't beat them, I don't think we can beat the rest, Germany, we can't, so no hope," another fan Cecilia Awuni told Xinhua.

However some believed the team played well and deserved some pundits while others said the national team coach James Kwesi Appiah had a lot to do to rouse his troops before the crucial match against Germany who sits on top of the Group.

"What I will say is, it is a game. We tried hard and made our possible effort. Even though we lost, I believe we did very well," Desmond told Xinhua.

Ghana will play Germany in the second round of matches on Saturday.

Editor: Lu Hui
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