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Why it is a momentous match for Team USA and what they must do to win it.
4) What is the key of the game for the U.S.?
The U.S. team has made a nasty habit of conceding goals early in the game and having to work extremely hard to come back. The tendency plagued the U.S. squad in the Americans’ qualification campaign and again resurfaced during the World Cup where they let both England and Slovenia take the early lead. Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Algeria showed the Americans that to have a chance to advance they must maintain their concentration throughout.
5) What is the key of the game for Ghana?
For a team that doesn’t lack attacking firepower, Ghana has had a dismal record up front so far. During their three group matches, the Black Stars managed to score only two goals — both on penalty kicks.
If Saturday’s clash is still undecided after overtime, the composure of Asamoah Gyan, who scored both penalties, will be a valuable asset, but if Ghana has any ambition to win the match during regulation time it must finally score during the run of play.
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