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2014 World Cup: Ghana's opponents USA beat Nigeria in warm-up

Jozy Altidore celebrating his first goal

Jozy Altidore celebrating his first goal

Jozy Altidore broke his goalscoring drought as the United States beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday in the Americans’ final World Cup warm-up on US soil before heading to Brazil.

Sunderland’s much-maligned striker – without a goal in 2014 – netted in the 32nd and 68th minutes as Jurgen Klinsmann’s men made it a hat-trick of wins after victories over Azerbaijan and Turkey.

It was a fitting final dress rehearsal in Jacksonville for the American squad and a confidence-boosting game for Altidore, who seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch.

Except for a stumble late in the first half when they gave up a couple of scoring chances, the US put together a complete performance against Nigeria.

Altidore opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, finishing from close range after a deft pass from Fabian Johnson.

Altidore blasted a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner for his second goal in the 68th minute.

Victor Moses scored the only goal for Nigeria with a penalty four minutes from time to make it 2-1.

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. de@wood. says:

    nigerians are not displaying any excellent quality so far.. they are slow.. not fast only passing ball. there is no play maker role showing in the team. they are not even showin their african strengh….. Nigerian have to be beter than what ive seen from there two friendly. i was complainin abt ghana but nigeria.. looking not attractive. we need to backup. afrika

  2. Nii-Bi says:

    Of course USA can break nigeria bones and not of Ghana.
    If they think they have won against Nigeria so therefore that is it, they should wait till 16th day of June and see the severe havoc the STARS of africa will affliate in them…
    Oseeeeeeee Black Stars..!!!

  3. sululudubai says:

    Nigeria always degrading Africa football!

  4. spero says:

    Let them rejoice because they chop Nija. They will smell pepper from Power house of African soccer(Ghana).Even Nija couldn’t put much pressure on them because everyone is scared of injury.

  5. Cofee says:

    They scored Nigeria so what…Nigeria isn’t Ghana so there they should wait and see, Nigeria is a 419 country not a football country hahah…we are going for the ultimate so USA are no team.. They will pose a very strong test to avenge thier defeat but trust the black stars to do the job, go black stars go

  6. 21guns says:

    The usa got it soo wrong, if they think they’ve beaten nigeria they can beat Ghana it a big lie, Ghana will dismantle usa into pieces.

    Nigeria plays attractive football they don’t play aggressive that their mistake, you can see how usa was bullying and misusing their defenders here and there, and secondly moses is a selfish he want to dribble everyone before he passes the ball.. But Ghana will beat usa for Africa again we will see who is who,

    GHANA WE WILL BREAK BONES

  7. 21guns says:

    Coffee just Chil what has 419 got to do with football? That not fair nigerians are our brothers make we not insult them.

  8. Carlos says:

    USA are in very good form its scary I’m not going on past merits in the world cup Because a lot has changed in the game the USA team are very powerful going forward but lack defence like us but going we’re just stronger if we have right players and formation , to beat 2 good teams both in the top 40 in the world is very good but they will fail again lol #ghanablackstars 1/4 finalists again fingers cross

  9. NEVERMIND,U.S WON AGAINST A HALF-COMMITTED SIDE.IT’S GOOD FOR THEM TO HAVE THIS FALSE SENSE OF HOPE BEFORE THEY ARE HIT WITH A CLYDESDALE.

  10. Foreigner says:

    Pride cometh before a fall…watch out Ghanaians!!

  11. togbe says:

    From what I saw in the USA vs Nigeria game, hmmmmmm we must prepare to face a better and well Disciplined American side. *Bradley* is their engine..his passes are very good.** they like playing long through passes from inside their own half to split defences with their pacy attackers. *this American team is also good in keeping possesion of the ball until they find gap between the defends to play Josy Altidore through. **

  12. futboler says:

    I think the nigerians were too sacred of injury in dat game.. As they have three players out already.

  13. Fiscko says:

    Ghana will lose to U.S and will be kick out in the first round, for the fact that Ghana is playing Korea in U.S, is bullshit and i havent see any Ghanaian talking about it so far. I dont know who the fool brought up this stupid idea. Of all the participants in the tournaments, Who have played friendly in their opponents country before meeting them? Akwesi Appiah can be sacked because of this stupid mistake. We will be automatically out if we lose to U.S. I think because of bribery issues, thats why they playing friendly in U.S, as Ghanaians are good at it. Good luck Akwesi Appiah.

  14. Fiscko says:

    Ghana will lose to U.S and will be kick out in the first round, for the fact that Ghana is playing Korea in U.S, is bullshit and i havent see any Ghanaian talking about it so far. I dont know who the fool brought up this stupid idea. Of all the participants in the tournaments, Who have played friendly in their opponents country before meeting them? Akwesi Appiah can be sacked because of this stupid mistake. We will be automatically out if we lose to U.S. I think because of bribery issues, thats why they playing friendly in U.S, as Ghanaians are good at it. Good luck Akwesi Appiah.

  15. Assemblyman says:

    What did I just see from altidore’s second goal!!! what a lousy goalkeeping..no attempts or whatsoever to stop the ball than lay flat on the floor!! I think another betting syndicate bought this match too..like they did with the Scotland’s 2 goal drawn friendly days ago.where the keeper threw the ball into his own net..funny boys !!

  16. Evano says:

    Honestly, USA has really improved. They’re working very hard to get better than they were. As a Ghanaian I hope we beat them. ..but it’s not going to be easy. Bradley is on top of his game. Chemistry is great. And we are now experimenting Essien in defense? Too late. .. The fans were shouting;” we want Ghana: I hope we win… but I’m not putting money on it.

    • CEREBRAL says:

      @Evano we all share your concern and agree that the USA team are on top of their game. If Ghana underestimates them it will be bad indeed. At this point it will depend on three things: the team with the best willpower, fitness and tactics will WIN. Wishful thinking will not cut it.

  17. readi 2 dye says:

    Plain n simple…it’s time for USA to lose. I don’t know who but we need some one to take Bradley out of his game. He seems to be always free to receive n give a pass. He needs to be marked closely all the time n engage him as soon as he receives a pass. This I believe will take him out of his game. Watch out! He is out for revenge after what we did to his dad in the two previous WC’s and embarrassing him in Egypt. Get Bradley!!!

  18. Ali says:

    Ghana must step up our performance

  19. Paapa1 says:

    Look, ninja have a very poor finishing, and the defenders a not fast enough, just look at the first goal, and the midfield pass the ball fast, I like the Musa guy, he was the only good play maker for the ninja side,,, nija fucos Ghana and nija all the way yay!!!

  20. Nana(RSA) says:

    No fears, America is doing great but Bradley was good because he did not play against good midfielders yesterday. It is true we’ve never had an easy game against America but trust me, we will prove to them the reason why we are their most feared team. America, here we come.
    Ghana do not rely on one player to supply goals, all our midfielders are goal scorers. You do not know where goals will be coming from. We can fly in long range shots, we can score through our strikers, we will be too hot for USA to handle. Let them celebrate over their victory against Nigeria but trust me, ours will be different ball game.

  21. benito says:

    Those who are putting patriotism before objectivity are joking,the USA team has really improved and we should give them the due credit,we are going to really work hard to beat them,it’s not going to be easy at all..

  22. kojo says:

    when it comes to soccer, usa is always our wife. we will always fuck them

  23. Raphael Abusah says:

    Folks thumbs up for the USA.They have boosted their confidence by beating an African side,Nigeria.If Ghana needs to advance to the next stage then a must win over the US is the only way to collect first three points.Ghana black stars should forget about their win over the US and do what needs to be done to remain in the competition. Osee Blackstars.

  24. Stephen Kumaga says:

    America team is a well rehearse d team computer generated.More so an engine it can also be disrupted easily by pulling out just the timing belt. If Altidore is denied supply of balls and he goes to fight himself, that will be the end of the team. I wish they can move on with Ghana that is my 2nd team.

  25. Jdama says:

    It a frièndly match dat y USA BEAT NIGERIA if it is d real match i bet u it might end draw