USA Qualify And Face Ghana In The Knockout Stages
After beating Algeria 1-0 yesterday, the US has set up a last-16 showdown with Ghana, so far the only African team to qualify from the group stages.
After having a goal disallowed, Algeria hitting the crossbar and several howlers where it would have been easier to score, America finally broke the deadlock in the 91st minute through a Landon Donovan strike.
The LA Galaxy striker insists that the best is yet to come:
"People watching back home - we're not done yet," said an ecstatic Donovan.
"Algeria were pushing and we had to take the fight to them. Time felt like it stopped when I scored but I just couldn't miss it from there."
Donovan’s side now face Ghana, who qualified despite a 1-0 loss to Germany last night.
The US goes into the match as favourites, with Party Bets offering odds of 6/4 for an American victory.
While they have surpassed expectation with their performances thus far, the US is arguably in the easier half of the knockout stages. They need only beat Ghana and the winner of Uruguay’s match with South Korea to achieve a semi-final place.
England, on the other hand, will face much harder opposition in the form of the squads of Germany and most likely Argentina if they are to reach the semifinal.
Ghana coach Milan Rajevac has the local South African fans to back his side in their upcoming game with the USA.
"I hope the majority of South Africans continue to support us.
“We have our next match with the US so we have to forget the game against Germany and move on." He added.
In the first ever World Cup to take place in the continent, Ghana is likely to be the only African nation to qualify for the knockout stages. Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa have already been eliminated.
The Ivory Coast arguably have the quality to earn them a place in the last-16, but having been placed in the ‘group of death’ they need a massive score-line against North Korea and for Brazil to assist them by putting as many past Portugal as possible.