Saturday, 21st June
vs Ghana in Fortaleza.
Germany and Ghana met in the Group Stage of South Africa 2010. Mesut Ozil's goal ensured that
both teams progressed; with the group winner to face England.
The only other meeting between Germany and Ghana was a 1993 friendly
match, in Bochum, that the Germans won (6:1).
Nothing to be decided in this group today, but Germany could put
themselves in a commanding position.
A change of goalkeeper for Ghana since the last game; Fatau Dauda of
the Orlando Pirates coming in instead of Adam Kwarasey.
After a game like Argentina vs Iran,
the next offering can seem a little tepid.
Germany struggled to create anything while Ghana tried their luck from
Half-time: Germany 0 - Ghana 0
Early in the second-half, Mario Gotze scored for Germany with a face to knee combination;
after a perfectly flighted ball from the right, by Thomas Muller.
Ghana replied within three minutes to keep their World Cup dreams alive; Andre Ayew rising
high above two German defenders to head cleanly past Manuel Neuer.
Sulley Muntari slipped the ball through to Asamoah Gyan, who ran behind the defence and
flicked in his fifth World Cup goal.
The Ghana players delighted the fans with a celebratory dance routine.
Germany made a double substitution to try and lift
themselves; Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger on for Mario Gotze and Sami Khedira.
Then, with his first touch, substitute Miroslav Klose poached the equaliser off a Benedikt
Howedes header; to score a World Cup equalling record of fifteen goals, with the Brazilian
Neither team seemed content with the draw as the game coninued to flow
from end to end; with some great defending to keep the balance even.
Sulley Muntari was needlessly booked in injurey time and will miss
Ghana's game against Portugal. If it wasn't for him, there wouldn't have been a booking in
Another great game of football; well, in the second-half.
Final Score: Germany 2 - Ghana 2
1:0 - Mario Gotze (51 mins)
1:1 - Andre Ayew (54 mins)
1:2 - Asamoah Gyan (63 mins)
2:2 - Miroslav Klose (71 mins)
1-Manuel Neuer; 20-Jerome Boateng; 17-Per Mertesacker, 5-Mats Hummels, 4-Benedikt Howedes;
16-Philipp Lahm, 6-Sami Khedira, 18-Toni Kroos; 13-Thomas Muller, 8-Mesut Ozil, 19-Mario
16-Fatau Dauda; 23-Harrison Afful, 21-John Boye, 19-Jonathan Mensah, 20-Kwadwo Asamoah;
11-Sulley Muntari, 17-Mohammed Rabiu, 7-Christian Atsu, 9-Kevin-Prince Boateng; 10-Andre
Ayew, 3-Asamoah Gyan.
Referee: Sandro Ricci - Brazil
1 yellow card:
90+3 mins - Sulley Muntari (Ghana)
USA vs Portugal
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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