United States coach Bob Bradley blamed his side’s inabilty to ‘get the job done’ against Ghana after they were eventually bundled out of the tournament in extra-time.
Asamoah Gyan’s extra-time strike gave Ghana a 2-1 victory over the US in a hard-fought contest in Rustenburg.
“I thought we had the chance to finish the game. But we went down early in extra time and we have done that one too many times. We hurt ourselves giving up the early goal again,” Bradley said. “We knew that Ghana was a good team yet tonight, we didn’t get the job done. At the moment, it is a stinging, tough defeat.”
The US had the better of the second half. They drew level when Landon Donovan’s penalty cancelled out Kevin Prince Boateng’s early opener for the Black Stars.
“I really felt when we got to 1-1 there were some chances for us,” said Bradley. “Early in the overtime we go down again early. At that point, with everything we put into the game early, we didn’t have enough after that.”
Ghana advance to the quarter-finals, where they will take on Uruguay.