This Group G match between Germany and Ghana, would decide Ghana’s fate in the World Cup. Germany were coming back on a 4-0 thumping of Portugal and Ghana after a heart-breaking defeat versus Etats-Unis. Germany were unchanged for this game, and Klose started from the bench again, while Kevin-Prince Boateng started for Ghana. Interestingly enough, his half brother, Jerome Boateng was starting for Germany. The match ended 2-2 and Ghana had pulled off something brilliant, they had survived and would live to fight another day in this World Cp finals.
The game began with German swagger and class on the ball, only for Ghana to start playing catch and cook. Chances were minimal, but as Ghana got more time on the ball, the game started going against Germany as they were unable to stop this stubborn Ghanaian outfit. Kevin-Prince Boateng was quiet through the half while Andrew Ayew and Asmoah Gyan the star players for Ghana troubling Neuer here and there. In defence, it was Jonathan Mensah and Germany’s Mats Hummels who shone brightly. The half time score was 0-0, but there was hope for Germany, whose previous 7 goals vs Ghana had all come after 60 minutes of football. Ghana had to do more of the same and they would go ahead soon. Germany needed their attacking flair to be rekindled if they needed something from this game as Thomas Muller and Co. were unable to bring in their form of the game vs Portugal.
In the second half, the game was brought to life, as Borussia Dortmund fans’ favourite player Mario Gotze, put Germany in the lead and scored his 3rd goal in his last 3 appearances. Thomas Muller’s cross, found the Bayern playmaker, and he put the ball into the next in rather unorthodox fashion, after his header hit his knee and went in. Germany was 1-0 up and we daresay, they kneeded that goal. But the lead was short-lived as as Andrew Ayew outjumped Mustafi and powered in a header to beat Maneul Neuer. The African giants were jubilant and they had more to cheer as former Sunderland stirker Asmoah Gyan rocketed the ball past Neuer to put Ghana in a shocking but deserving lead. Sulley Muntari deserves credit for the assist. It was 5th World Cup goal and Asamoah Gyan has matched Roger Milla as the top scoring African in World Cup history. He has now also scored his last 3 World Cups for Ghana. The German team was now “Low” and manager Joachim decided to bring in Miroslav Klose. His impact was almost instantaneous. 112 seconds after being brought on, a Toni Kroos corner, which was headed on by Howedes was slid in by Miroslav Klose. His 15th and so awaited World Cup goal was here. He had equalled Ronaldo of Brazil, and he gave us a classic somersault celebration. He again proved to be the piece which Germany lacked and he now scored in his 4th World Cup. Germany came close again, with Muller’s shot being blocked by Jonathan Mensah, who had a superb game in defence. They came Klose to winning, but his shot was narrowly wide. Ghana too had chances, but Jordan Ayew and Gyan were thwarted by Manuel Neuer and the game ended Desmond.
Ghana took a well deserved point, but if they had shown slightly more composure in front of goal, they would have taken all 3 points. They will now have to hope that Portugal beat USA and then Ghana must play with the same belief and tenacity versus Paulo Bento’s men. Germany are close, but this may have been a slight hitch in their path to glory. Miroslav Klose scored another important goal for them and Mario Gotze excelled too. It was a fast paced, tense and end to end encounter, one of the best games we’ve witnessed at the World Cup.
Our Flop Of The Match – Kevin Prince Boateng
Completely ineffective in the middle of the park. Couldn’t find his mark in attack, while there were better defensive performances in the Ghana ranks. Subbed early in the second half.
Our Man Of The Match/FIFA Man Of The Match – Mario Götze
Snatched at a few half chances, but came to the fore by converting from close range in unorthodox fashion to break the deadlock. He also posed a huge threat to the Ghanian defence with his slick dribbling