Estadio Castelao - Fortaleza 21/06/2014 - 21:00CET (16:00 local time)

Final tournament - Group stage - Group G

Germany - Ghana
2-2
 

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Klose equals record as Germany draw with Ghana

Published: Saturday 21 June 2014, 23.00CET
Germany 2-2 Ghana
Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th finals goal and earn Germany a Group G draw after a pulsating second half.

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Match statistics

Germany
Ghana

2

Goals scored

2

11

Total attempts

14

4

Attempts on target

6

5

off target

7

2

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

3

1

Offsides

5

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

12

12

Fouls suffered

9

Lineups

Germany

Germany

Ghana

Ghana

1Neuer (GK)16Dauda (GK)
4Höwedes3Gyan (C)
63
5Hummels7Atsu
73
6Khedira
70
9Boateng
53
8Özil10A. Ayew
54
13T. Müller11Muntari
90+4
16Lahm (C)17Rabiu
77
17Mertesacker19Jonathan Mensah
18Kroos20Asamoah
19Götze
51
69
21Boye
20Boateng
46
23Afful

Substitutes

12Zieler (GK)1Adams (GK)
22Weidenfeller (GK)12Larsen (GK)
2Grosskreutz2Inkoom
3Ginter4Opare
7Schweinsteiger
70
5Essien
9Schürrle6Acquah
10Podolski8Badu
77
11Klose
69
71
13J. Ayew
53
14Draxler14Adomah
15Durm15Sumaila
21Mustafi
46
18Waris
23Kramer22Wakaso
73

Coaches

Joachim Löw (GER) Kwasi Appiah (GHA)

Referee

Sandro Ricci (BRA)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 22/06/2014 01:50 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Saturday 21 June 2014, 23.00CET

Klose equals record as Germany draw with Ghana

Germany 2-2 Ghana
Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th finals goal and earn Germany a Group G draw after a pulsating second half.

Germany and Ghana shared four goals in an engrossing Group G game in Fortaleza, substitute Miroslav Klose equalling a FIFA World Cup finals record.

After an uneventful first half at the Estadio Castelao the game burst into life in the second period, Mario Götze heading Germany in front. Ghana responded swiftly, André Ayew levelling within three minutes before Asamoah Gyan gave them an unexpected lead. Klose was once again Germany's saviour, however, coming off the bench to score with his first touch – the striker's 15th World Cup finals goal, matching the record of former Brazil striker Ronaldo – to rescue a draw.

Germany had overwhelmed Portugal in their opening fixture but were on the back foot throughout the first half against an energetic Ghana side who refused to allow their opponents time and space on the ball. Although clear chances proved elusive at both ends, Germany's Manuel Neuer was the busier goalkeeper, making necessary – if regulation – saves from Christian Atsu and Sulley Muntari.

Joachim Löw's side finally displayed their attacking prowess to devastating effect six minutes after half-time. Thomas Müller had scored a hat-trick in Germany's first game but was the provider, capitalising on the space on the corner of the penalty area to deliver a perfect cross for Götze to nod past Fatau Dauda.

The lead proved short lived as Ghana drew level in similar circumstances. Again a player found himself with time and space on the right and punished the opposition; this time it was Harrison Afful, André Ayew getting on the end of the cross to mark his 50th game for Ghana with the equaliser.

Three minutes past the hour Ghana were in front, Muntari intercepting Philipp Lahm's pass and slipping the ball through to Gyan who, with only Neuer to beat, made no mistake. Jordan Ayew then skipped away down the left but, with Gyan in support, opted to shoot straight at Neuer, before Kwadwo Asamoah's left-wing cross skimmed off André Ayew's head.

Löw introduced Bastian Schweinsteiger and Klose, and the results were instantaneous as Toni Kroos' corner was flicked towards goal by Benedikt Höwedes and Klose prodded in at the far post. Both teams might have won it in a pulsating finale but a point each was reward for a thrilling second half.

Last updated: 23/06/14 2.06CET

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