World Cup 2014: Germany v Ghana

GER 2 – 2 GHA: A cracking second game of the day at Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza and a result that blows Group G wide open. After hammering Portugal in their first game of the group Germany were expected to beat Ghana who had themselves lost their opening game against the USA. The first half was a candidly cagey affair as temperatures in excess of 30 degrees celsius meant the tempo was understandably slow as a stubborn Ghanian team worked hard to stifle Germany’s creative trio of Mesut Özil, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller. The second half was one of the best you will see. Germany took a fortuitous lead when Müller’s clever lofted ball into the box found Götze in space and he skewed his header off his knee and past Ghana keeper Fatau Dauda. The goal ignited the passionate Ghana into more adventure going forward and they deservedly turned the game on its head through two goals in nine minutes. Andre Ayew was the outstanding player on the pitch for me and it was his powerful flicked header from Harrison Afful’s cross that levelled the game. Ayew then won the ball back on the right and found Muntari who slipped the ball behind the German back four to find Gyan who expertly guided the ball past Manuel Neuer. It was end to end for the rest of the game and Joachim Löw threw on veteran Miroslav Klose to try and salvage something from the game. Was there ever any doubt he would get a chance in the six yard box? He did and with his first touch he made no mistake to become the all time joint leading World Cup goalscorer alongside Brazil’s Ronaldo with fifteen goals. Both teams had chances to win the game but the game ended in a draw and Ghana will feel they have missed an opportunity to beat one of the world’s best teams who were not at the races tonight. A fascinating game between the USA and Portugal tomorrow could further throw the group into disarray and set up an intriguing last match day.

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