Jun 16, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena das Dunas, Natal
Ayew (82')
Rabiu (30'), Muntari (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Dempsey (1'), Brooks (86')

Clint Dempsey delighted by USA character

Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring for the USA in the first minute of their encounter with Ghana on June 16, 2014.
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Clint Dempsey claims that the USA's victory over Ghana at the World Cup typified the spirit within the squad.

USA captain Clint Dempsey has claimed that the team's victory over Ghana at the World Cup typified the spirit within the squad.

Dempsey fired the Americans ahead inside the opening minute on Monday before Andre Ayew looked to have secured a draw for Ghana in the 82nd minute.

However, substitute John Brooks nodded home a winner with four minutes left to play to snatch the points for the USA.

"The result shows our character," Dempsey told FIFA.com. "We got the goal the goal early in the game and that caused us to be a little bit more defensive.

"I thought Ghana played really well, but I thought that we didn't help ourselves at times in terms of keeping possession.

"When they got the equaliser, I thought that we might get a point out of the game, but credit to our team, we kept fighting and we got the goal. We didn't play our best, but we ground out the result."

Dempsey and his teammates return to action on Sunday when they face Portugal.

Andre Ayew of Ghana shoots and scores his team's first goal past John Brooks and Fabian Johnson of the United States (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match on June 17, 2014
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