Thriller in Fortazela

June 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany, Germany News, Ghana, Ghana News, News
The group of death brought up another tantalizing fixture when Group G opponents Ghana faced Germany at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.

Miroslav Klose of Germany reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group G preliminary round match between Germany and Ghana at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, 21 June 2014.
Miroslav Klose of Germany reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group G preliminary round match between Germany and Ghana at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, 21 June 2014.

And it did not disappoint as the teams played out to an entertaining draw that left the group wide open.

The first half was a dour affair with neither team gaining ascendancy and not many clear chances going either way. Both teams seemed to be playing to avoid defeat rather than to win.

The second half was far livelier and it was the German’s who started the action, when Mario Gotze put away a cross from Thomas Meuller in the 51st minute. But the lead didn’t last long as Ghana responded with a goal of their own three minutes later – Andrey Ayew with an unstoppable header that beat Manuel Neuer.

And things got even better for the Africans ten minutes later when Asamoah Gyan put Ghana in front after a superb right footed finish inside the box.

By then the game had really opened up as Germany went in search of the equalizer. German coach Joachim Loew made a number of substitutions that proved to be a master stroke, as Miroslav Klose scored after being on the field for less than a minute to make the score 2-2.

Ghana had a great chance to get the win late in extra time when they were three on two, but weren’t able to make use of the opportunity.

The game ended 2-2, and anything is still possible in this group with all four teams still capable of qualifying for the knockout phase.

By Farren Collins


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