Boateng brought the ball to the penalty spot and beat US goalkeeper Tim Howard with a low left-footed strike. Landon Donovan equalized in the 62nd minute with a penalty kick given after Jonathan Mensah fouled Clint Dempsey. Following that, the US had opportunities to win the game, but they were unable to beat Ghana's goalie, Richard Kingson.
Boateng has been praised for his performance during the tournament, which is being held in Brazil. He has now become the first player from Ghana to score in four World Cups.
Boateng joined Milan in July 2011 after five seasons at German club Bayern Munich. The 29-year-old striker has won two Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League with Bavaria. He also has three Italian Serie A medals to his name.
Boateng made his international debut against South Africa in August 2004 and has since then been constantly present in the Ghana squad, playing in all but one of their matches. He scored his first goal against Uganda in November 2004.
During the 2008 African Nations Cup, Boateng was part of the Ghana team that defeated Egypt 2-1 in the final match to claim their first continental title. He played in each round of the competition as Ghana reached the final stage for the first time in its history.
Gyan was chosen to Ghana's roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 2, 2014. He captained the Black Stars in their first encounter, a 2-1 loss against the United States. He equaled Roger Milla's record of five FIFA World Cup goals with his opening goal of the tournament in a 2-2 tie with Germany.
The striker had already scored five times in as many games during Africa's qualifying campaign for the tournament. He now has three goals in two World Cups, having also scored in both matches at this year's event.
Ghana went on to be knocked out of the tournament by the United States on penalty kicks. Gyan did not save any of his four attempts as Ghana lost 4-2.
He ended his international career with 41 goals, making him the second most prolific scorer in the history of the Ghana National Football Team. As of today, Gyan remains the only player who has scored multiple goals in the World Cup knockout stage.
Additionally, he is the third fastest player after Thierry Henry and Miroslav Klose to score five goals in a single World Cup tournament (after Henry with six goals in 2004 and 2006 tournaments and Klose with seven goals in 2014).
Gyan started his professional career with Liberty Professionals before moving to Belgian club Genk in 2001.
On July 19, 1930, Chile's Carlos Vidal took the first penalty kick in World Cup history, with France's Alexis "Alex" Thepot in goal. The shot was stopped, becoming Alexis "Alex" Thepot of France the first goalie to save a penalty.
About World Cup Penalty Kicks: A penalty kick is a special type of free kick taken by a player when no other team members are within 10 yards (9 m) of the ball. The only person between the ball and the goal is the goalkeeper, who is required to stand in the center of the goal area, facing the opposing team's penalty box.
There are several ways to score a penalty kick, including shooting directly at the goalkeeper or passing the ball first to another player who can shoot freely. If the goalkeeper touches the ball with any part of his body except for his hands or arms, it is a goal. He can't catch or pass the ball because of how important this moment is for the outcome of the game.
Penalty kicks are one of the most dramatic events in soccer, which makes them ideal for television broadcasts. Modern soccer stadiums usually have a large, covered stand called the "penalty box", so broadcasters often use this as a location for interviews during breaks in the action. There are also several other notable locations such as roads outside of stadiums where players may take penalties if time runs out before they can take theirs.
The match was won by France 3-0. Zinedine Zidane's header for France's opening goal had been set up by an earlier Petit corner kick. Petit was again a member of France's World Cup squad in 2002, however the team failed to move past the group stages and failed to score a single goal in three matches during their championship defense. Petit announced his retirement at the end of that tournament.
In total, he made 105 appearances for France, scoring 12 goals. He played a major role in helping France win the 1984 European Championship while he was still a teenager. He continued to be a regular starter for Les Bleus even after he became one of the world's most sought-after midfielders. In 2001, Petit was part of the French national team that finished first in UEFA Euro 2001. Two years later, he helped France qualify for the knockout stage of the 2002 World Cup by playing every minute of all three matches at the tournament.
After retiring from international play, he took on various coaching roles with several clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Lyon. He currently serves as an assistant manager with PSG.
He has also been involved in political life. From 1995 to 1999, he served as mayor of Martigues, a town near Marseille where he grew up. Under his leadership, Martigues became a safe community with low crime rates. In 2007, he was elected to the French Senate.
The 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship final in Lisbon was decided by a penalty shootout, which Portugal won 4-2, with the last attempt coming from Rui Costa. Brazil and Italy concluded extra time scoreless in the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Portugal had been trailing 1-nil after only five minutes when Brazil scored their first goal of the game. But then things started to go Portugal's way: Nuno Gomes scored an own goal to make it 1-1, before Jorge Barreto scored another own goal to give Portugal a 2-1 lead. Italy then came back into the game when Marco van Basten scored an amazing free kick just outside the box to make it 2-2. But neither team could find a way through until the end of the match, when Portugal won its first World Cup title.
After the final whistle, Portuguese players ran onto the field to celebrate with their fans. Then, as they were about to be presented with their medals, Portugal coach Fernando Santos removed his player from the list of winners on penalty kicks. It turned out that Nelson Oliveira had a broken foot and would be out for several months. So Portugal replaced him with Rui Costa, who had scored the winning goal in the semi-final against England. It was the first time in World Cup history that this had happened.