Ghana draws with Germany and Klose equals Ronaldo's record
German national team has not had the same debut brightness facing the Africans who pointed to turn over. However, the veteran striker kept his eyes for goals
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Most exciting match of Group G so far, Germany and Ghana tied 2-2 at Castelão this Saturday (21).
All four goals were scored in the second half. One by striker Klose, who reached 15 goals in World, drawing with Ronaldo as top scorer in the history. Andre Ayew and Gyan scored for Ghana and Götze opened the scoring for the Germans.
With this result, both leave open ranks for the final round. Germany, which debut thrashed 4-0 on Portugal, reached four points and leads the group. Ghana defeated by the USA in the first game, marked its first point and must beats Portugal - hoping for an American reversal against Portugal in the decisive meeting on Sunday (22), in Manaus.
STRENGTH AND SPEED
Besides many goals and much speed, match in Fortaleza drew attention by physical force and a harsh marking by the two squads. Since the match's start, Ghana proved the Germans being a much stiffer opponent then Portugal.
Both teams had similar stance at Castelão: when attacked, they fixed almost full-on defense, leaving a single man to pull the counterattack. In a way, the first half broke the spell that linked Germany's aura to an unbeatable team.
Overmore, best chances in the first half came from African team. First place, after 7 minutes, Muntari made a clever rally by the right to Atsu who crossed low for Gyan. 5 minutes later, Atsu kicked from inside the area, forcing Neuer's flattened.
When had chances, Germany did not show debut's same efficiency. After 18 min, counterattacking, Ozil crossed by the right to Khedira, who kicked easy to goalkeeper Dauda's defense.
At 29', Götze came free on the right but missed the attack by crossing over the opposing defense. Neuer was again tested by Ghanaians after 32', when he had to punch the ball after Muntari's strong shot out of the area. German response came from Götze, 5 minutes later, in a corner kick defended by Dauda.
INVASION AND OLÉ
Second confrontation between the Boateng brothers in World Cups (Jérôme Germany, Kevin-Prince for Ghana), both played only the first half, but none of them stood out.
In the second half, the German coach, Joachim Löw, took off his Boateng, who's played on the right side, and put another defender, Mustafi. For Ghana, Kevin-Prince also gave place to Jordan Ayew.
Soon after 6' of the second half, the "shorty" Mario Götze (1.76 m, second lowest of his squad) received a high lift-off and, between two defenders from Ghana, shook the nets with a header.
Then the German goal, a supporter invaded the pitch being quickly removed - with a help of Ghana's players.
At 9', in a cross by the right, Andre Ayew, 1.75 m, jumped upper than Mertesacker (1.98 m) and Mustafi big boys (1.84 m) heading for a draw.
Castellão, had German majority, but many neutral Brazilians's turned to Africans's side. At 18', cries of "Ghana" exploded from the stands in a German output error when Muntari recovered kicking a great launch for Gyan, who came into speed, making 2-1.
Ghana put the Germans on behind, and the crowd began to shout "olé" for all Africans kicks.
KLOSE and SCHWEINSTEIGER
It was in this challenging context that, after 25 min, two key players from Germany entered the field and debuted in the World Cup: the striker Klose made a goal, breaking Ronaldo's record as top scorer in the World Cup, and midfielder Schweinsteiger, one of the superstars the team, who comes from a series of injuries
Once Klose showed why he managed to reach there: after 26 min, in a corner from the left, Höwedes head the ball and Lazio, who is also the top scorer in the history of the German national team (now 70 goals), anchored to tie the match.
After 39 min, facing the goal in the penalty area, Müller was caught by Asamoah and shot anyhow, losing big chance to game around.
Klose almost isolates leading scorer at 45 min, when, alone on the edge of the area, kicked out. In additions, the attacker Müller struck the head against Boye's shoulder and fell on the lawn bleeding. Soon after the game ended.
The game had a Brazilian trio arbitration, led by Sandro Ricci, Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse as auxiliaries.
It was the second appearance of Ricci in this Cup. He debuted in France 3-0 win over Honduras, in Porto Alegre, validating the first goal detected by electronic aid in the history of the Worlds.
Despite some complaints of the German crowd in the second half, Ricci had a good performance and no controversial decisions.
GERMANY GHANA 2 X 2
Stadium: Castelão Arena in Fortaleza Referee Sandro Meira Ricci (BRA) GOALS: Götze, at 5 min, Andre Ayew, after 9 min, Asamoah Gyan, after 18 min and Klose, 26 min 2nd time.
GERMANY Neuer; Boateng (Mustafi), Mertesacker, Hummels and Howedes; Khedira and Lahm (Schweinsteiger); Özil, Kroos and Götze (Klose); Müller. T.: Joachim Löw
GHANA Dauda; Afful, Mensah and Asamoah Boye; Muntari, Rabiu (Badu), Atsu (Wakaso) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (Jordan Aewy); Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan. T. James Appiah
Translated by Henrique Bastos