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Germany 2-2 Ghana: The Black Stars grab first World Cup point
After their opening game loss against the United States, Ghana had to make sure they got at least a point of this match to have any hope of qualifying to the next round of the World Cup.
Germany: Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Howedes, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Phillip Lahm, Tony Kroos, Mesut Özil, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller.
Ghana: Fattau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Kwadwo Asamoah, Johnathan Mensah, John Boye, Mohamed Rabiu, Christian Atsu, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew.
Mario Gotze scored the opening goal in the 52nd minute but it was short lived after Andre Ayew put Ghana level just two minutes after the Europeans scored. It became good time for the Africans when Asamaoh Gyan leveled Roger Milla’s 5 goal record as Africa’s top scorer at the World Cup. But German living legend Klose had a better history to write as he scored the the equalizer to equal Brazilian Ronaldo’s 15 World Cup goals.
With losing their game against the United States in their opening game, Ghana settled into the game quickly having at the back of their minds that a defeat would send them packing with a game to spare. Comfortably settling in well, Germany had a slight edge over the Black Stars in terms of possession and controlling the game even though Ghana looked promising.
Christian Atsu and Sulley Muntari both came close to opening the scoring, Atsu saw his long range effort punched away by Manuel Neuer after he made a fantastic dribble. Also the German stopper parried away Sulley Muntari’s 30 yard shot after the AC Milan fired an absolute bullet of a volley from out of the blue.
The Germans on the other hand attacked and proved their attacking qualities but thanks to the defensive back of Ghana in Jonathan Mensah and John Boye with timely blocks to sweep away dangerous crosses, Kwadwo Asamoah, left and Afful Harrison right on the flanks were perfect for the the first half.
With more purpose and quality, the Germans came into the second half very strongly attacking from the very first minute, rewarding their efforts Mario Gotze broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute. The Bayern Munich forward managed to pass through a tight defense to head home from Muller’s cross.
A spirited Black Stars lit the light for the Black Star to shine and calm the Germans just two minutes after going down, Andre Ayew headed home the equalizer from Afful Harrison’s cross to send the Ghanaian fans AWOL.
The Star was shinning very bright when the captain Asamoah Gyan in the 63rd minute fired home from the edge of the box to put Ghana ahead in the game for the first time. All looked set and good for the Black Stars until Klose came from the bench score the equalizer with his first touch of the ball and grab a draw for the Germans, the end-to-end game battle ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
Ghana have now earned their first point in the 2014 World Cup boosting their chances of making the last round. The Black Stars must beat Portugal at all cost for a chance of qualifying from the group.