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    Germany - Ghana 2:2 (0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    21 June 2014 Fortaleza /Estadio Castelao 16:00 59621
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    WANGEL Lennart (FIN)
    Did not play in Match
    MAGNUSSON Eggert (ISL)
    Fifth Official
    AQUINO Rodney (PAR)
    Referee
    RICCI Sandro (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 1
    DE CARVALHO Emerson (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 2
    VAN GASSE Marcelo (BRA)
    Fourth Official
    CARRILLO Victor (PER)

    Total Goals scored

    Mario GOETZE (GER) 51' , Andre AYEW (GHA) 54' , Asamoah GYAN (GHA) 63' , Miroslav KLOSE (GER) 71'


    Germany

    Ghana
    1
    NEUER (GK)
    16
    DAUDA (GK)
    4
    HÖWEDES
    3
    A. GYAN (C)
    5
    HUMMELS
    7
    ATSU (-72')
    6
    KHEDIRA (-70')
    9
    PRINCE (-52')
    8
    ÖZIL
    10
    A. AYEW
    13
    MÜLLER
    11
    MUNTARI
    16
    LAHM (C)
    17
    RABIU (-78')
    17
    MERTESACKER
    19
    JONATHAN
    18
    KROOS
    20
    K. ASAMOAH
    19
    GÖTZE (-69')
    21
    BOYE
    20
    BOATENG (-46' HT)
    23
    HARRISON
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ZIELER (GK)
    1
    S. ADAMS (GK)
    22
    WEIDENFELLER (GK)
    12
    KWARASEY (GK)
    2
    GROßKREUTZ
    2
    INKOOM
    3
    GINTER
    4
    D. OPARE
    7
    SCHWEINSTEIGER (+70')
    5
    ESSIEN
    9
    SCHÜRRLE
    6
    ACQUAH
    10
    PODOLSKI
    8
    BADU (+78')
    11
    KLOSE (+69')
    13
    J. AYEW (+52')
    14
    DRAXLER
    14
    ADOMAH
    15
    DURM
    15
    SUMAILA
    21
    MUSTAFI (+46' HT)
    18
    WARIS
    23
    KRAMER
    22
    WAKASO (+72')
    Coach Coach
    LOEW Joachim (GER) APPIAH James (GHA)

    Cautions

    Sulley MUNTARI (GHA) 94'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Germany, Ghana share spoils in Fortaleza thriller

    Germany and Ghana were forced to settle for a share of the points after their back-and-forth thriller in Fortaleza finished 2-2. All the goals came in the second-half of the Group G contest as strikers Miroslav Klose and Asamoah Gyan both equaled FIFA World Cup™ scoring records.

    The Africans had the first chance of the game at the Estadio Castelao. Lively winger Christian Atsu raced up the right and crossed low and dangerously through the area, where Asamoah Gyan was only able to slam the ball over the bar with a sliding effort. Not long after, in the 13th minute, Kwadwo Asamoah stretched Manuel Neuer with a swinging shot from the edge of the box.

    It soon became clear that Ghana would be a far tougher proposition for the Germans than Portugal were in their first game. The Africans’ speed and agility caused the Europeans problems throughout the first-half. But Thomas Muller, hat-trick hero from their opening game, continued to look dangerous in attack for the Mannschaft. Near the half-hour mark Sulley Muntari tested Neuer again with a pile-driver from well outside the area that had the German No1 scrambling to punch clear.

    Mario Gotze had a snap-shot saved ten minutes from the break. Most of the German attacks up to then fizzled out before any serious danger was caused, slid away by a highly elastic Ghanaian central defensive pairing, who stretched and dove to keep the score-sheet clean.

    German coach Joachim Low must have figured things out at the half, because it took his side only six second-half minutes to open the scoring. Gotze snuck in between the centre-backs and hit home a Muller cross from the right with his thigh. The early cross was the secret weapon to unlocking the Ghanaians.

    Ghana’s response, however, was immediate and similar. An early cross from the right picked out Andre Ayew, who headed home brilliantly to the back post just seconds after seeing his side go behind. Ghana were suddenly in the mood and Gyan made it 2-1 to the Africans, tying the immortal Roger Milla of Cameroon as the top-scoring African in World Cup history. Muntari picked off a slack pass in midfield and laid on a righteous ball for the racing Gyan, who fired inside the back post to send the Ghanaian fans into ecstasy.

    But the Germans weren’t done yet and second-half substitute Miroslav Klose slid home a flicked-on corner-kick in the 71st minute to level the score again. It was the striker’s 15th World Cup goal, bringing him level with Ronaldo as the top marksman in World Cup history. There were chances at either end as the clock wound down, but 2-2 it was to stay.

    Germany close out their section campaign against USA on the northern coast in Recife on 26 June, the same time Ghana face Portugal.

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    Germany-Ghana: Quotes

    Joachim Low, Germany coach
    It was difficult for everyone out there and the players are exhausted. It was a very tactical game in the first half, but after the break it was much more cut and thrust. We wanted to avoid it becoming too open a match in these temperatures. After going in front we wanted to stay compact, but then they scored two goals out of the blue. The side reacted well to that though. We wanted to force them higher up the pitch but they played well and always got back behind the ball very quickly. After regaining possession we weren’t purposeful enough going forward at times and that prevented us getting behind their defence. I think [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and [Miroslav] Klose breathed new life into the game; [Sami] Khedira and [Mario] Gotze were on their last legs. It was great that Miro got the goal. At this tournament you can’t expect to attack all the time in every game. A solid defence is the foundation in these temperatures so as not to leave yourself too exposed. Now we’ll have to wait and see what happens between Portugal and USA tomorrow. Things haven’t changed too much from our point of view, but of course we want to stay top of the standings.

    Akwasi Appiah, Ghana coach
    It was a good game. Germany are one of the best teams in the world and we gave it our all. We had some chances but unfortunately if you don’t take them against big teams then you don’t end up winning. We also wasted a few opportunities to equalise against USA, but that’s in the past now. I always had faith because we fight to the end. I believe attack is the best form of defence and that’s what we tried to put into practice. I always believed in my players and that we could win. It won’t be easy to reach the Round of 16 because we’ve only got one point. There are still a few games left to play in our group and although it’ll be tough, it is possible. You can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, by working as a team. We can’t let him show what he can do.

    Mario Gotze, Budweiser Man of the Match
    We conceded two goals we should never have conceded. It was a very difficult game overall. Now we need to recover, prepare well for our match against USA and pick up all three points.

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