Brooks’ Header Pushes U.S. Past Ghana, 2-1

Elsa/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) -- Substitute John Brooks' header 86 minutes into the game gave the United States three points in their 2-1 World Cup win over Ghana on Monday.

Brooks was making his World Cup debut and could have played for Germany, who won earlier in the day, but chose the U.S. instead.

The goal by Brooks is the first goal in World Cup history scored by a United States substitute.

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Clint Dempsey scored 29 seconds into the first half to give the United States a 1-0 lead, but André Ayew scored to even things up 82 minutes into the game.

The U.S. national team captain's goal is the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup action.

United States forward Jozy Altidore left the game 21 minutes in with a left hamstring injury and is questionable for their second game against Portugal on Sunday.

Ghana had beaten the United States in back-to-back World Cup games prior to Monday.

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