USA 2 Ghana 1
World Cup: USA score after 32 seconds
USA captain Clint Dempsey wastes no time against Ghana, scoring the 2014 World Cup tournament's fastest goal a mere 32 seconds after kickoff.PT0M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3a9vb 620 349 June 17, 2014
United States striker Clint Dempsey scored after 32 seconds and suffered a nasty kick to the face in an eventful 2-1 win over Ghana.
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann celebrated his 50th game in charge with victory in their World Cup Group G clash.
Dempsey scored the opener after just 32 seconds and German-born John Brooks headed a dramatic winner.
Quick start: Clint Dempsey celebrates his 32-second goal. Photo: Getty Images
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Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana eight minutes before the end. But Brooks' first goal for his adopted country avenged defeats to the same opposition in the past two World Cups, the latter when Ghana went on to the quarter-finals.
The United States had got off to the dream start as Dempsey sent defender John Boye the wrong way and cut inside the penalty area sending a sweetly struck sidefooted effort into the far corner of the goal.
US Vice President Joe Biden missed the United States' lightning-quick goal he was running late, news website G1 reported.
Clint Dempsey suffered a kick to the face from John Boye. Photo: AP
Biden flew to the northeast Brazilian city of Natal to watch the match at the start of a four-country Latin American tour.
Security reasons held up his motorcade from the airport until just after kick-off. Biden missed Clint Dempsey's goal 30 seconds into the game. The goal was the fastest of this World Cup and one of the quickest in the tournament's history.
Dempsey's strike partner Jozy Altidore wasted a terrific chance in the 17th minute as he dithered too long when well set up and a Ghanaian defender managed to divert his shot for a corner.
World Cup 2014: USA v Ghana match highlights
John Brooks of the United States heads his team's winner. Photo: Getty Images
Five minutes later Altidore saw his part in the match and probably the World Cup end when he pulled up clutching his left hamstring and collapsed to the ground in agony.
Dempsey too was in the wars as later in the first-half he required minutes of attention after Bowe's knee connected with his nose as they both went up for the ball prompting a furious reaction from Klinsmann on the sidelines.
Ghana came out with much more purpose in the second-half.
Ghana eventually got the goal they had been threatening to score when a brilliant backheel by Gyan teed up Ayew and he fired it past Howard.
The Americans, though, refused to lie down and Brooks' brilliant downward header restored their lead for good this time.