African Nation Reach Quarter-Finals
Ghana has become only the third African team in the history of the World Cup to reach the quarter finals. They beat tournament underdogs USA with an extra time winner from Asamoah Gyan. The final score was 2-1 in a repeat of their clash in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup, which also put the USA out.
After a disappointing group stage for African teams, with hosts South Africa and favourites Ivory Coast and Cameroon being eliminated, the Black Stars are the only side from the continent left in the first world cup on African soil.
Goal scorer Gyan dedicated their win to the continent.
"I am the happiest man in the world.
"In 2006 we made the second round, now we have gone a step further. We've made Ghana and the whole of Africa proud."
They will now face South Americans Uruguay in the last-8.
US Coach Bob Bradley told reporters he was proud of the team’s achievements, despite the loss.
"We're disappointed we couldn't take it further but this is a terrific group and we're proud," said Bradley.
"We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn't get the job done. It is a stinging, tough defeat."
He also admitted his side lacked against the strength of the Ghanaians.
"I thought at 1-1 we had a chance, but we didn't have enough freshness against all of Ghana's power," he said. "We have a great squad. We're proud but also disappointed not to have gone further."
Party Bets are offering odds of 3/1 for Ghana to be victorious over the South American side in the last-8. Sky Bet have them at 10/3 and Blue Square back the African team to win with odds of 13/5.