United States defender John Brooks says he was applauded back into the dressing room by his team-mates after scoring the late winner against Ghana last night.
The 21-year-old, in only his sixth senior appearance, came off the bench to head home an 86th minute winner, to help the USMNT snatch a dramatic win over Ghana and move joint top of Group G with Germany, who thrashed Portugal 4-0 on the same day.
“That was a really emotional moment,” he told Fifa.com.
“I wasn’t expecting it and it shows the great atmosphere we’ve got in this squad. All I can do is be very thankful to them all.”
Clint Dempsey put USA ahead on 29 seconds with the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history, cutting inside John Boye before sweeping home.
Ghana upped the tempo and equalised when Andre Ayew latched on to Asamoah Gyan’s backheel to fire in a leveller with just six minutes left to the dead.
The win was a revenge for the USA, who had previously been beaten twice by the Black Stars in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.
“I couldn’t imagine a better first goal for the team, and the fact it won us the game makes it even better. It’s simply wonderful,” Brook added.
Ghana will be up against Germany on Saturday, while USA hope to continue their impressive run of form against Portugal; both matches planned to go ahead simultaneously at 20:00 BST.