Recap: Germany 2-2 Ghana

Jamie McDonald

Germany took on Ghana in a bid to edge closer to the Round of 16 in Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The “curse of the second match” continued.

The match twisted and turned until Klose came on to score the last goal of a very open second half.

First Half:

The tempo of the match was rather slow, especially considering the other matches in this tournament. Germany kept the lineup the same and this time, they were tested more. The back four, who are a relatively new combination, had problems.

They were tested early on when Asomoah Gyan headed the ball over the bar. Manuel Neuer was tested twice from distance by Kwadwo Asamoah and Sulley Muntari. In Muntari's case, he found the ball in the first place because Germany failed to clear properly.

This is not to say that Germany did not have their own chances. Toni Kroos had three shots, one which rebounded off a Ghana player and two which sailed over the bar. Thomas Müller waited in the box but Mesut Özil and Mario Götze just could not find the perfect ball. Whenever Germany attacked, Ghana seemed well positioned to counterattack. Also, Germany's passes were a bit too intricate at times.

To me at least, it seemed they could do with another target man just for hold up play up front.

Second Half:

Jerome Boateng was replaced by Skhrodan Mustafi at the start of the second half.

Müller, who did not receive the service he deserved in the first half, turned provider as he found Götze with a perfect cross. Götze headed the ball downwards and put the ball into the back of the net using his knee.

But, then, Ghana's party started. Within the next three minutes, Harrison Afful  put in a perfect cross for Andre Ayew who scored. Eleven minutes later, Philipp Lahm lost the ball in midfield; Sulley Muntari played in Asamoah Gyan who only had Neuer to beat because Muntari really took out the whole defense with the pass. Gyan scored as he does so often, putting Ghana in the lead.

Germany looked shocked; Joachim Löw had to change things. He was lucky Ghana had not added a third when he did make the changes. In came Bastian Schweinsteiger for Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose for Götze. And within a minute, the equalizer had come from a set piece. Following a Kroos corner, Höwedes headed the ball into the area and Miroslav Klose, in a historical moment, put the ball in from very close range for his fifteenth goal in a World Cup. (I screamed my lungs out at this point!)

Klose then resorted to a somersault, which frankly, he does not do too well anymore.

While Germany improved, they could not find the winner. Müller had an excellent chance after Kroos put him in but was guarded too closely by the Ghana defenders and could not make the most of it. Klose too had a chance but dragged his shot wide.

The game finished 2-2; Germany will go into the final group game against USA needing either a win or a draw (depending on USA-Portugal tomorrow) to qualify.

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