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The PSV players DaMarcus Beasley and Eric Addo did not have a bright start to their World Cup campaign in Germany, as the United States suffered an emphatic 3-0 defeat against the Czech Republic and Ghana slipped to a 2-0 defeat against ItalyTomas RosickyThe Czech Republic coasted to a comfortable win over Team USA. Jan Koller scored the opening goal on five minutes from a glancing header, after which the team from East Europe started some lethal counter attacks. The United States found it hard to cope with those tactcis, although Reyna rattled the bar on the half hour mark. But when Tomas Rosicky doubled the advantage by produing a stunning long-range effort, the game was virtually wrapped up. Rosicky even made it three, fifteen minutes from final time. Koller was stretchered off the pitch, after he had sustained a hamstring injury and the tall striker may be ruled out of the tournament. GhanaLater on the evening Italy and World Cup debutants Ghana put in an entertaining performance. The pace of the game was high and the Italians created most dangerous moments. When Pirlo had broken the deadlock with a long-range drive, the Squadra Azzurra dominated the game. Ghana moved men forward, but Italy held on and started some dangerous counter attacks. Ghana, who had included PSV defender Eric Addo in their starting line-up, worked hard, but did not get any real chances. Iaquinta killed off the game seven minutes from the end. He intercepted a poor back pass and rounded the keeper, before putting the ball into the empty net.