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Clint Dempsey, USA

Clint Dempsey, USA: In the very first minute of this grudge match, the U.S. captain made his presence felt right away when with pace and quick feet he bedazzled the Ghanian defense before scoring with a left-footed shot. In a tussle with a Ghanian defender, he was unfortunate to break his nose, which no doubt affected his breathing and overall performance, but without his moment of brilliance the game would have been drastically different for the Americans. He was again influential as the U.S. took the game to Portugal. His predatory goal in the 81st minute looked good enough to send them through to the round of 16, but Portugal’s last-gasp equalizer changed the script.
Eddie Malone

Top performers of the World Cup group stage

Yahoo Sports

The group stage of the World Cup has come to an end, 16 teams move forward towards the trophy and 16 teams are heading back home. It was one of the most exciting opening rounds in World Cup history. Taking a look back, our soccer staff has tracked down the top performers and broken down their performances. Here’s to the top performers of the group stage! Did you favorite player make the cut? Served Fresh by Subway