International Sports

World Cup 2010/Round of 16

Scores/June 26

Uruguay 3, South Korea 2

Ghana 2, United States 1

Goal scorers

Luis Suárez 2 (Uruguay)

Lee Chung Yong (South Korea)

Landon Donovan (United States)

Kevin Prince Boateng (Ghana)

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)

Match of the day

Ghana surprises and eliminates United States in 2-1 overtime win


RUSTEMBURG — Ghana today surprised the United States with early goals in a 2-1 overtime victory despite being outplayed on the field but not on the scoreboard.

The Ghanan players, the second team to reach the quarterfinals, played with Lady Luck on their side on the two scoring plays: the first in regulation, and the second at the start of the first of two, 15-minute overtime periods.

In regulation and overtime, the African country was able to seize the quick advantage, putting the Americans on offense right away as they tried to recapture its comeback miracles of earlier matches. However, there was no Hollywood finish for the U.S., which won Group C on a final minute goal by Landon Donovan against Algeria.

This time, Donovan couldn’t deliver. Nor could the presence of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, nor the shouts of encouragement from singer Mick Jagger.


“We tried as hard as we could, we just couldn't find the second goal. They are a team that possesses the ball well, so once they had the ball they could pass it a lot. We did a good job to get back in the game and we had a few chances to get the second one and go in the lead but it wasn't our night. We were a little naive tonight and at this level you can’t do that which is frustrating considering all the work we have done. I'm proud of what I have done and proud of what the team has done. Soccer is a cruel game sometimes. One minute you are on top of the world and the next minute you are bottom of the mountain.”- Landon Donovan, United States forward

Sunday’s games/June 27

Germany vs. England, 7 a.m.

Argentina vs. México, 11:30 a.m.