Gyan delight at last-eight place
Ghana goalscorer Asamoah Gyan spoke of his delight as his side beat USA 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
Last Updated: 27/06/10 1:45pm
Ghana goalscorer Asamoah Gyan has spoken of his delight as his side beat USA to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
The Black Stars became the third African team in 20 years to reach the same stage, following Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002, but they must win against Uruguay in Johannesburg to go further than any other side from the continent has ever gone.
It took extra-time to decide a winner in the game in Rustenburg, where the US levelled through Landon Donovan to cancel out Kevin Prince Boateng's early opener to leave the scores level on 90 minutes.
Gyan, however, was to be the hero, scoring just minutes into extra-time by bursting into the box to smash past Tim Howard to win the game to keep the only African side left in the competition of the host continent.
The Rennes striker has now scored three goals in the tournament, and was bursting with pride at being the man to put his nation into the last eight.
"I am the happiest man in the world," said Gyan.
A step further
"Yeah, third African country qualified for the quarter-finals.
"In 2006 we made the second round, now we have gone a step further. We have made Ghana proud and the whole of Africa proud."
Ghana team-mate John Pantsil was also pleased to see his team through, praising their efforts throughout the game to reach the quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.
"It's incredible, we've created history, it's the first time that Ghana have reached the quarter-finals," beamed Pantsil.
"We played for 120 minutes and everyone gave his best."