The Black Stars of Ghana are out of Brazil 2014 following a 1-2 defeat to Portugal in final Group G game in Brasilia.
A Christiano Ronaldo late goal ended any hopes of a third straight knockout round qualification for the Black Stars.
Gyan equalised with a header late on in the second half after John Boye’s bad clearance ended up in his own net in the first.
Even though USA were piped by group winners Germany in the group’s other game, the two still qualify into the knockout stage of the competition.
Ghana needed a favour from Germany in order to get any realistic chance of qualifying and when the favour came it was the Stars who failed to impress.
In the 30th minute, John Boye mistimed his clearance from a Veloso cross on the left with the ball taking an awkward bounce off his knee into his own net with Fatau Dauda looking on.
The Stars were far from impressive but on few occasions caught the Portugal defence napping. Harrison Afful on two occasions made a rampaging run on the right but his final delivery left much to be desired.
Nine minutes later Atsu had the opportunity for the equaliser but after teasingly outwitting his marker the shot wide across the face of goal.
Gyan later made a penalty appeal after an incident of shirt tugging but the referee would have none of that.
Back from the recess it was the Ghanaians who made their intentions clear after Gyan’s shot whisks just wide.
The Ghana captain made amends with a superb header from a sweet Kwadwo Asamoah cross in the 57th minute.
With reports that Germany had scored US the Africans were bouyed and brought many men forward in desperate search for the winner.
It was the Portuguese who would get the last laugh and who else but Ronaldo who got his first goal of the tournament. And that ended the dream for the Black Stars.
US despite losing to Germany still qualified to the knockout stage of the competition.
The following is the live update of the game.
Game ends. Its Germany US who qualify.
80 Ronaldo gets his first World Cup goal after a howler from Fatau. The Real Madrid man hits from close range after Fatau parries the ball on the path of Ronaldo. Goal!!!!
68 Ronaldo is on a rampaging run on the left but his cross goes wayward.
65 minute Ghana win a free kick just at the edge of the box after Gyan is brought down by Pepe but the kick by Atsu is woeful.
60 Waris has the opportunity to put Ghana ahead but his header from the six yard box shockingly goes wayward.
57 Ghana are up and its Asamoah Gyan who nets his sixth world cup goal.
53 Germany are up against US and its Muller’s nice curl from the edge of the goal. Goal!!!!!!!!
51st Gyan beats his man cuts into midfield and fires a bullet which whisks just wide.
Ghana bring the game underway. Its a must win match for the Ghanaians.
Meanwhile its still goalless in the other group game and if it remains the same Germany and US will go through.
41 Gyan appeals for a penalty after a little shirt tuging incident in the vital area but the referee will have none of it.
39 Atsu beats his marker on the right steps into the vital area and tries a little curly shot but goes across the face of goal.
31 Portugal try to increase the tally but Dauda parries a Christiano Ronaldo shot.
30 Portugal are up and it’s an own goal from John Boye. A cross from Veloso on the left. Boye attempts a clearance and the ball enters his own net. GOAL!!!!!!! Portugal are up.
22. Ghana win a free-kick taken but a header from Boye too feeble to beat Beto. Ghana pile pressure on the Portuguese with two corners all of which have been defended.
19 Its Gyan who misses an opportunity to open the Ghana account but a great save by Beto in post for Portugal
18 Fatau Dauda pulls off a world class save denying a superb Christian Ronaldo header.
13 Afful makes another rampaging run on the right, dummies his marker and whips in a cross but straight into the arms of the Portuguese goal keeper.
11 Portugal win a free-kick at an advantageous are after Ronaldo is brought down. The Real Madrid man steps up to take the kick but Fatau Dauda parries it for a corner.
10 Ghana attack from the right and its low cross by Harrison Afful but well cleared by Pepe who makes a return after suspension.
05 Christiano Ronaldo hit the cross bar with a superb ball from the right. Fatau Dauda clearly beaten but the bar comes to Ghana’s rescue.
1 Germany set the game underway
1558 National Anthems for both teams are on. Portugal first, Ghana’s anthem follow.
1555 Players of both teams file onto the pitch.
Ghana play Portugal, Germany play US in a final Group G playoffs in Brazil 2014 with all teams hoping for a knockout round qualification. Germany and US have the brightest chance to qualify and a draw in that game will settle everything no matter the result in the Portugal Ghana game. With reports of indiscipline in the Ghana camp, culminating in the dismissal of two of the players- Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari- the atmosphere in the Ghana camp is said to be one of chaos. Will that affect the players on the pitch in a game they have to win at all cost and hope for a favourable results in the other game? Myjoyonline.com will give you up to the minute information on both matches.