Jun 16, 2014 at 11pm UK at ‚ÄčArena das Dunas, Natal
Ghana
1-2
USAUSA
Ayew (82')
Rabiu (30'), Muntari (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Dempsey (1'), Brooks (86')

Team News: Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng miss out for Ghana against USA

Kwesi Appiah leaves Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng out of his Ghana side for the game against the USA.

Neither Michael Essien nor Kevin-Prince Boateng has been named in the Ghana team to face the USA in Group G on Monday night.

Essien was expected to recover from fitness issues to take his place in midfield, but he has failed to prove his fitness in time to convince Kewsi Appiah he is ready, while Boateng's absence is believed to be a tactical decision.

Jordan Ayew and his brother, Andre, both start the opening match of the campaign, with Asamoah Gyan trusted to lead the line for the Black Stars.

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is named in attack for the USA, with experienced forward Clint Dempsey available to offer support going forward, while Michael Bradley is included in Jurgen Klinsmann's midfield.

USA: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley, Beckerman; Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey; Altidore

The USA team lineup before their game with Ghana on June 17, 2014© Getty Images

Ghana Kwarasey; Opare, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; A.Ayew, Rabiu, Muntari, Atsu, J.Ayew; Gyan

Ghana players pose for a team photo before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014© Getty Images

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USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013
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