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Ghana wins warmup before World Cup opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm •  Published: June 9, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — The chant from fans sitting behind the Ghana bench filled the vast, mostly empty stadium early in the second half of Monday's friendly against South Korea.

"We want USA!" they hollered.

The Ghanians were feeling festive as their team won its last warmup match for next week's World Cup opener against the Americans by beating South Korea 4-0.

Jordan Ayew scored three times after entering the game as an injury replacement, and Asamoah Gyan also scored.

"It was a good friendly match," coach James Appiah said. "It was important we put out a good team. Everyone who paid to come in here got his money's worth."

Even so, Appiah said Ghana's not quite ready for its game against the United States next Monday in Natal, Brazil.

"It's fine we won, but we still have some work to do," Appiah said.

The Black Stars know what it takes to beat the Americans — they eliminated the U.S. team from the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.

The last friendly for Ghana and South Korea before the World Cup drew a small but enthusiastic crowd of less than 5,000, creating an atmosphere akin to a high school football game in the Miami Dolphins' 75,000-seat stadium.

Among those who had planned to be on hand scouting for the U.S. team were coach Jurgen Klinsmann, special adviser Berti Vogts and scout Matthias Hamann.

Ghana forward Abdul Majeed Waris left the game in the fourth minute with a left leg injury and was replaced by Ayew, who scored in the 13th minute when his shot from 15 yards deflected off defender Ki Sung-Yueng and past goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong.

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