Klinsmann hails USA victory

United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann praised his side’s spirit and determination after they saw off Ghana 2-1 in their opening World Cup fixture, Sky Sports has reported.

Clint Dempsey gave the USA the lead after only 31 seconds after a neat move down the left, and they comfortably held out until half time as the Black Stars struggled to create any clear chances.

In the second half, however, they began to turn the screw and dominate possession and territory. The equaliser eventually arrived with just eight minutes left when the previously ineffective Andre Ayew fired home inside the near post.

Despite that, Ghana were soon behind again when John Brooks powerfully headed in from a corner, and this time they could not find a way to draw level, leaving them up against it in the race to make it through to the knockout stages.

The United States will now fancy their chances of reaching the second round, and after the game Klinsmann said: “It was a grind, but it was a wonderful win at the end of the day. We got the three points that we badly wanted.

“This is definitely the start that you want. They worked hard for it and it is just a good feeling to have the first three points. All over the field, it was a very dynamic game, a game where chances were created on both sides.’

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