NATAL, BRAZIL (WTVB) - The United States scored a thrilling 2-1 victory last night over Ghana in its opening FIFA World Cup match in Brazil. Clint Dempsey gave the Americans a 1-0 lead after scoring 29 seconds into the match, which is the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history. Ghana tied the score in the 82nd minute but then with four minutes remaining, substitute John Brooks scored on a header from 8 yards and the U.S. held on for a payback win over the team that had eliminated them from the last two Cups.
It might have been a costly victory for the U-S as forward Jozy Altidore had to leave in the 21st minute, carried off on a stretcher after straining his left hamstring. He’ll be re-evaluated today to find out if he’ll be able to return for this World Cup. His loss would be a major blow to the U.S., which next faces Portugal on Sunday. Portugal was shut out by Germany 4-0 in the other Group G match on Monday.