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Germany 2-2 Ghana

Germany 2-2 Ghana

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:07

    Ghana goalscorer Asamoah Gyan on BBC One: "It was a great game and I would like to congratulate the team - we believed in ourselves against tough side. We had to respect Germany but we were close.

    "We saw the real Ghana today. We were tactically perfect, we had to work hard because Germany are so good in possession. We didn't want to run around and waste energy.

    "Now we have to go all out against Portugal in our last game. We have to focus and believe we can beat Portugal."

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:06

    Miroslav Klose just continues to amaze. His 15 goals in the World Cup have come in the time England have just scored 17 in the tournament. You wouldn't bet against him beating Ronaldo's record of 15 after equalling him as the World Cup's all-time record goal scorer.

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    Andrew Shaw: Game of the tournament so far! End to end, both teams going for it! Proper football.

    Angela Higgins: I love football like this. End to end, both teams fighting so hard, moments of brilliance. GOALS!

    Liz Barnsley: Best 45 minutes of Football I've watched in years - brilliant.

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  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:03

    If you struggled to take in what was happening during that thrilling second half, why not have a look again? Just click on the Highlights tab at the top of the page to watch the full highlights package.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:02

    So how does Group G look after that? A victory for United States tomorrow will guarantee their qualification, while Germany will go into the final match still needing something to secure their own progress.

    Ghana will be hoping Portugal can beat the United States to improve their chances of qualification.

  • Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at22:01

    "Ghana's celebration after the second goal was a sign that they had become over-confident, they started running around more and lost organisation. That emotional attitude compromised them."

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:58

    You can click on the Highlights tab at the top of this page to watch the goal action again.

  • Former France striker Thierry Henry

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:58

    "I said I didn't know if Ghana would come back if Germany scored first, but I was proved wrong. But Jordan Ayew had the chance to put Ghana 3-1 up and he didn't pass to his team-mates who were better positioned. We said at the time that Ghana would pay for that - and they paid."

  • Manager reaction

    Posted at21:58

    Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah: "Our boys did well matching them. We had a lot of chances but we didn't take advantage of them. It's unfortunate that it ended this way. It was a very good game.

    "Portugal are a very good team. But so are USA - we'll see how it goes tomorrow."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:56

    "I have nothing but admiration for both sets of players in the heat. It was a scintillating second half. Even the Germans were playing kamikaze football which is so unlike them. It could have been 7-7, there were that many chances. But credit to the Germans, they seemed to be tiring but kept going and going."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:54

    "That was an incredible game. Both these teams were a testament to football and what this World Cup is all about. Even in a goalless first half we had good value. I think if Ghana were offered a point before the game they probably would have taken it."

  • FULL-TIME

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

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    A brilliant second half comes to an end. Thomas Muller ends the match pouring out claret after suffering a badly cut head following a challenge with John Boye.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:51

    Seconds left and Germany have a free-kick 25 yards out.........

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:50

    Ghana spurn a wonderful opportunity to win the game now. They break with three on two but the pass is deklayed and the Africans are caught offside. What a let off for Germany.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:48

    "Great build-up and it shifts to Klose about 15 yards out and he's just snatched at it and missed by about two yards. One chance for Ghana and one for Germany and vice versa, brilliant stuff."

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    Jim, Belfast, via text: Klose equalising goal very similar to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's goal in 1999 Champions League final, ironically against the Germans!

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:48

    Germany should be celebrating the winner. Miroslav Klose shoots inches wide from about 15 yards. He is in a great position but drags wide. You don't expect him to miss there.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:47

    Asamoah Gyan drags a low shot from 20 yards agonisingly wide. No-one is settling for the point with just a minute of normal time left.

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    Kattis: Everyone is having a go against everyone. Really cannot pick out a clear winner of this World Cup.

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  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:46

    You're not wrong Brad. This time, Jordan Ayew sees a low strike well held by Manuel Neuer. The Ghana substitute has made a real impact since coming on.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:45

    "This is like basketball right now. We're talking about offside at one end and then at the other end it's a great challenge by Asamoah to deny Germany.

    "Ghana are trying to play quick and go for it. I hope it goes for them because I think some time management may be needed."

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:44

    More last-ditch defending by Ghana. This time Jonathan Mensah hacks clear just inches away from his goal, with Thomas Muller waiting to tap home Mesut Ozil's cross.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:43

    Thomas Muller looks as though he is about to win the match for Germany but Kwadwo Asamoah brilliantly recovers to prevent a certain goal. The German striker is through one goal but, just as he pulls the trigger, Asamoah's lunging foot diverts the ball for a corner. Absolutely brilliant by the Ghanaian.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:40

    If this stays at 2-2 come the final whistle, the United States have the chance to go top of Group G against winless Portugal tomorrow. Not many people would have expected that.

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    Simon in Woking, via text: When you compare the attacking, free flowing football of this World Cup with the style of football advocated by Mourinho, you can see why Mourinho's style is described as "anti football". Nothing better than watching two teams going toe to toe, hammer and tongs with full flowing breathlessness. Absolutely loving this tournament.

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker

    Match of the Day presenter

    Posted at21:37

    Klose is ridiculous! The ultimate big tournament poacher.

  • Klose to perfection

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:36

    Miroslav Klose's goal means he is now Germany's outright top scorer at the World Cup finals after previously being tied on 14 with Gerd Muller. The 36-year-old also becomes Germany's oldest ever goalscorer at the tournament. And he is only the third player to score at four World Cups along with Pele and fellow German Uwe Seeler.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:35

    Emmanuel Badu replaces Mohammed Rabiu for Ghana. They force a corner as they look to get their noses back in front but the substitute drags a shot wide from distance.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:34

    Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda reacts well to punch Miroslav Klose's cross clear with Thomas Muller waiting. Germany looked all over the place before Low's double substitution. Now it is Ghana hanging on.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger curls a free-kick harmlessly over to give the Black Stars time to draw breath.

  • Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:33

    Miroslav Klose turned 36 at the start of this month and is now the equal record goal-scorer in World Cup history with 15, level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo.

    What odds taking the record for himself by the end of the game? This promises to be a brilliant last 15 minutes.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:31

    "That is all about positioning from Klose. He knows where to be, anticipating. Credit to the manager as well for taking off Gotze and bringing Klose on to say 'let's go for it'. He could have waited a bit longer before making a switch."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:30

    "That's why these top managers are top managers. What a substitution. There he is, the goal poacher at the far post. He never gives up and a very good poachers goal."

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    GOAL

    Germany 2-2 Ghana - Miroslav Klose (70 mins)

    Posted at21:28

    What. A. Game. Germany's record goal-scorer Miroslav Klose has been on the pitch just moments and he is in the right place at the right time to bring his country level. Benedikt Howedes' flicks on Toni Kroos's corner and Klose pokes in from yards out. What an impact.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:28

    "This stadium has just come alive in the past 10 minutes and 90% of it wants Ghana to pull off what would be an incredible shock. Andre Ayew has just been urging the crowd for more and more and you can sense Ghana can see an opportunity to pull off something really remarkable here.

    "Germany have lost their way. The old stagers are coming into to try and calm things down. What price two goals for Miroslav Klose?"

  • Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:28

    Change needed for Germany and boss Joachim Low duly obliges. Mario Gotze is replaced by German record goal-scorer Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger comes on for Sami Khedira.

    Not a bad couple of substitutes eh?

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:26

    "Poor play from Philipp Lahm again - he gives the ball away from about the third time in quick succession, leading to the goal. That is unlike him. Now we will see what the Germans are about. You just drop a gear because you're having possession but one error, giving the ball away, and you give a goal away. Now they're chasing the game. Fantastic spirit from Ghana."

  • Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:26

    Substitute Jordan Ayew races clear down the left with Germany's defence all over the shop. He decides to go for goal himself, with Asamoah Gyan waiting in space in the penalty area, and Neuer comfortably gathers.

    It is all Ghana and Andre Ayew is inches away from heading Gyan's cross home. Germany can't cope with Ghana's pace on the break.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-2 Ghana

    Posted at21:23

    "A very poor goal to concede for Germany. Loose passing in midfield. Now this group is being turned on its head. I did not see this coming when Germany took the lead.

    "I've watched a few Germany games and they are usually very precise."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-2 Ghana - Asamoah Gyan (62 mins)

    Posted at21:21

    We have a potential shock on our hands. Sulley Muntari's through ball catches out defender Per Mertesacker and Asamoah Gyan keeps his cool to calmly slot the ball past Manuel Neuer. Germany are rocking.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:17

    "The game needed some drama. In the past five minutes we have had a pitch invader, a Germany goal, head-knee-in, and a wonderful response from Ghana just when you thought Germany might take control of this game. Chants and 'Ghana, Ghana' ring around this stadium once more and we have a real contest on our hands now."

  • Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:17

    Just seconds before Ayew's equaliser, his brother Jordan had replaced Kevin-Prince Boateng. How proud must their father Abedi Pele feel at the moment?

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:16

    "That's only the second brilliant ball we've seen in the game and they have produced two goals. It was a brilliant ball from Harrison Afful and a great leap by Andre Ayew. Superb determination from such a small man to leap so high.

    "They were two very similar goals, the defenders sat off the crosser, gave them three yards of space and there were two great deliveries. Brilliant response from Ghana - exactly what they needed."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-1 Ghana

    Posted at21:16

    "I'm not even a Ghana supporter and I threw a fist in the air because it was such a good ball and a good header.

    "I know from playing in games like these that if you don't score quickly when these big teams have taken the lead it is very difficult when they settle down."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-1 Ghana - Andre Ayew (54 mins)

    Posted at21:12

    This is more like it. While Mario Gotze's header may have been a bit of a fluke for Germany, Ghana's equaliser had no luck about it.

    Harrison Afful's delicious right-wing cross is met by a leaping Andre Ayew and his powerful header gives Manuel Neuer no chance. That is Ayew's second goal of the tournament.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 1-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:11

    "Real quality from Muller. Ghana gave him a yard, he lifts his head up and gets in a perfect cross for Gotze. It's not the cleanest header we've seen but he won't mind."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 1-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:11

    "The two centre backs are looking at the keeper. I definitely don't think it's a goalkeepers ball. There was no pressure on the ball, a good delivery, he's run off the right-back, it's poor marking but a clever run.

    "Exactly what Ghana will not want to have happen."

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    GOAL

    Germany 1-0 Ghana - Mario Gotze (51 mins)

    Posted at21:08

    Finally a moment of quality. Thomas Muller drifts out to the right and his cross is inch perfect for Mario Gotze. The Bayern Munich man almost makes a mess of it but his downward header bounces of his own knee and flies into the net.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:07

    Thomas Muller is undoubtedly Germany's go-to man in terms of World Cup goals. But, as you can see from his first-half touches above, Ghana have done a good job of containing him so far. He only had three touches in the penalty area in the opening 45 minutes and has yet to have a shot.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:06

    Germany's World Cup record may be the envy of most other nations but, believe or not, there have been murmurs of discontent among some of their countrymen about their trophy drought.

    This is manager Joachim Low's fourth major tournament in charge and the pressure is well and truly on to avoid the near misses that have characterised in his time in charge.

    Third place at the 2010 World Cup finals, and runners-up at the 2008 Euros and semi-finalists in 2012 is not good considered good enough for a country so used to international silverware - it is now 18 years since they won a major tournament

    The critics won't be happy with the first-half performance.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:04

    "To me that substitution says that both full-backs are the weak link for Germany now. Mustafi is young and inexperienced and Howedes has struggled against Atsu's pace. That change is real positive for Ghana.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:03

    "I think if the Germans can get the ball down they will win game. Ghana have done well so far but all Germany need is just one good ball for Muller to get on the end of."

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    Peter McMillan: Good work in first half by Ghana - more of the same in second half. Take your chances and a shock could be on cards.

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  • KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at21:03

    Former Everton full-back Shkodran Mustafi replaces Jerome Boateng at half-time for Germany. We are under way.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:59

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  • Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:56

    "Ghana have been disappointing up front. I would like to see Kevin-Prince Boateng on ball more, more like a playmaker."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:54

    Sulley Muntari's long-range strike was one of the few notable efforts on goal during the first half, you can have a look at that again by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:50

    As you can see from the graphic above, both teams have had their fair share of attacking threat, although most of the game has been played in the central third. Things can only get better as D:Ream once sung.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:51

    "The players leave the field at Estadio Castelao to a muted reception. It hasn't been the most eventful first half in this World Cup but Ghana have shown much more than they did against the United States and while Germany have, at times, looked incisive in the final third, they have yet to carve out a really clear-cut chance.

    "One statistic worth bearing in mind is that all seven of Germany's goals against Ghana have been scored from the 60th minute onwards. The heat has certainly been a factor and in that half, Ghana did plenty of chasing around."

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:51

    "We said it was imperative that Ghana got off to a good start and they did. They haven't had any clearcut chances but they have had opportunities where the quality needed to be better. The Germans have been in behind them two or three times but Ghana have defended well."

  • HALF-TIME

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:46

    A disappointing half in terms of action but Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah has to be happy with what he has seen from his side so far. This looks like a completely different Germany team to the one we saw demolish Portugal in the opening group game.

    Does that tell us more about Portugal than Germany though perhaps?

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:46

    It all comes to nothing. The initial corner is partially cleared before Sulley Muntari pokes a shot well wide from the edge of the penalty area.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:45

    Andre Ayew's header is deflected over for a corner by Jerome Boateng as Ghana look to open the scoring in first-half injury time...

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:44

    "That was a superb ball in from Muller and there was only one man he wanted on the end of it - himself. That was the sort of delivery he thrives on."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:42

    Inches away from Germany taking the lead. Thomas Muller's low cross from the left flashes across the face of goal but Mario Gotze is on his heels and isn't able to make up the ground. Germany will wish Muller could have got on the end of his own cross.

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    Joel Scheven: Ghana will tire by the second-half. Until then, I'm just waiting for the flood-gates to open.

    TeamMikeFootie: Ghana look more likely at the moment. Germany seem to be too deep and only ever one player in penalty area or their final ball fails.

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  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:38

    It has been a relatively comfortable opening 37 minutes for Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda. Mario Gotze looks to test him but his volley is straight at him. You have to do better than that Mario.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:36

    "This is a good spell for Ghana. Howedes is worried about Atsu's pace so he's dropping off him and giving him time and space. It is a worrying area of the pitch for Germany."

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:36

    "If this gets to half-time, I'm sure the Ghana manager is going to tell his players that Christian Atsu is free on the right every single time they have the ball.

    "He is doing the right thing, but they are playing shorter triangles in the middle."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:35

    There haven't been a great deal of highlights from the opening 35 minutes but if you click on the Highlights tab at the top of this page now you can take a look again at Christian Atsu's shot being saved by Manuel Neuer.

    Chelsea loanee Atsu spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:34

    What a pile driver that is. Former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari sends a powerful 25-yard strike goalwards but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deals with it well, parrying the ball away. The shot was straight at him but it wasn't half hit hard.

    Asamoah Gyan then sprints clear but he can only poke the ball wide, with Neuer attempting to smother. Not much between the teams at the moment.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:31

    Mario Gotze wastes a golden opportunity after being put clear down the right by Jerome Boateng. Gotze looks up but, with just Thomas Muller to pick out, his low cross hits Ghana's John Boye and deflects off Gotze for a goal-kick.

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    Billy Turnbull: The Germans look solid again you never see them making mistakes hard to beat.

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  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:26

    Toni Kroos fires high and not very handsome from 25 yards as Germany struggle to get in behind Ghana. The game is yet to come to life but you get the feeling it isn't far away from exploding into life. Stick with it.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:24

    "Ghana players are working hard to keep good shape and make it difficult for Germany to break them down. But Germany won't mind this because as the game goes on that becomes tiring and more difficult to do."

    Don't forget you can watch Match of the Day at the top of this page.

  • BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:23

    "Fascinating opening period to this game, Ghana very much in this. Around 12,000 Germans are inside the stadium and making themselves heard but they are vastly outnumbered by the Brazilians, who have taken Ghana to their hearts early on. Chants of 'Ghana, Ghana, Ghana' have rung around Estadio Castelao and the Africans have started really brightly.

    "Germany have, historically, struggled in their second games of tournaments. At Euro 2008, and in the 2010 World Cup, Germany followed up opening-match wins with defeats in their next games. They have only won one second group game in a World Cup since 1994."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:22

    Brave defending from Ghana's John Boye as he slides in to prevent Thomas Muller from scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup. Mesut Ozil's low cross is inviting for the forward but Boye just about does enough to divert it wide. The ball comes off Muller last as well to give Ghana a goal kick.

    Ozil is causing Ghana lost of problems on the right.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:20

    Another half-chance for Germany. Ghana are again sloppy in possession as Mesut Ozil breaks clear down the right. He pulls the ball back for Sami Khedira but the Real Madrid midfielder's low shot from the edge of the penalty area is easy for goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda.

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:15

    Ghana are looking dangerous when they get down the flanks. This time, Marseille winger Andre Ayew has plenty of space on the left but his low cross is disappointing.

    Ayew is the son of three-time African player of the year Abedi Pele - how he could have done with producing some of his magic then.

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:13

    "Because it's such a tight block from Ghana you will see Gotze making the pitch really big on the touchline and he will make runs from outside to in.

    "The Ghana back four is holding a very high line which is dangerous if you don't put pressure on the ball with the precise passers of the ball Germany have."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:11

    Phillip Lahm's slide-rule pass almost puts Mesut Ozil in on goal but Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda, making his first start of the tournament, anticipates well and smothers. Ghana were sloppy in possession to give Germany the initial.

    In the next attack, Toni Kroos's goalbound shot is blocked following a clever back heel from Thomas Muller. Germany slowly getting on top but Ghana at least throwing their bodies in the way. They aren't going to go out of this tournament without a fight.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:09

    "Christian Atsu is the guy who was Ghana's best player in the opening 60 minutes or so in their last game. His final ball wasn't always great against the USA but that was a quality ball in towards Gyan. It was good defending from Per Mertesacker to stop Gyan getting his shot away cleanly. Atsu the danger again."

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    Former England striker Michael Owen: Neuer is the best cat in the world I reckon. Risky saying that prior to a game but he is awesome.

    I'm sure the Germany keeper is feline fine after such high praise....

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:08

    First chance of the match and it falls to Ghana. Christian Atsu races on to Sulley Muntari's hopeful long ball down the right and his cross is fired over the bar by Asamoah Gyan. The former Sunderland man should really do better from there, just eight yards out, but a warning for Germany.

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    Wale Ibraheem: I know Ghana is facing an uphill task in this match but this tournament has been full of surprises.

    Keshav Ramphul: Muller could even break the world cup goal scoring record in this tournament if he gets a couple of goals today.

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  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:05

    Half a break from Benedikt Howedes down Germany's left, but Ghana's defence recover well to get back to clear. The match has started at a slow pace and that is no surprise in the searing heat and humidity of Fortaleza.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:02

    "Ghana need a better start than against USA when they conceded in the first minute - it was a torrid start. They were susceptible from corner kicks as well, with Brooks scoring the USA's second goal with a header, and that's a warning sign because Mats Hummels scored for Germany against Portugal from a similar position.

    "I feel that Ghana lack the pace that they had when the reached the last-eight four years ago. But they did play some neat nice intricate football at times against the Americans."

  • Germany 0-0 Ghana

    Posted at20:02

    Germany start the match with a lot of the possession and that is something we could get used to for the next 90 minutes. Ghana look as though they will be happy to sit deep and look to counter quickly.

    At least the Ghanaians have started better than they did in their opener against the United States.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    Germany have scored from 44% of their shots in the tournament so far - the most clinical mark in the competition ahead of Netherlands (33%).

    Ominous for Ghana but the Germans have only won the second group game in a World Cup once since 1994. That win came against Portugal in 2006.

  • KICK-OFF

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at20:00

    The match is under way as Ghana look to pull off one of the shock results of the World Cup. The tournament hasn't been great for African nations so far, with just one win from seven matches. Can that change tonight? Not if Germany have anything to do with it.

  • LINE-UPS

    Posted at19:58

  • Former Tottenham and USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    "We used to try not to get into too many one versus one situations because the African teams always have players very good in those situations. You watch Atsu for Ghana tonight and he is fantastic at it.

    "Then, as the game wore on we would try to get at them a little bit, let them get yellow cards, silly sending-offs and wait for that slip in discipline which does sometimes happen with African teams."

  • LINE-UPS

    Posted at19:57

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:55

    German FA on Twitter: Per Mertesacker earns his 100th cap today. These are his anniversary boots. We say congratulations!

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:54

    The teams are coming out onto the pitch to the usual uplifting World Cup music. Both sets of players look calm as they prepare to blast out the respective national anthems. Kick-off just five minutes away.

  • Venue

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:51

    Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

    Capacity: 58,000

    Altitude: Sea level.

    Climate: Daily temperatures peak at around 30C throughout the year, although the city sometimes benefits from a sea breeze. Occasional rain showers are not uncommon in June.

    Background: The renovation of the Estadio Castelao was completed on time and within budget, making the stadium the first World Cup venue to be declared ready. Work began in March 2011, and cost 518m reais (approximately £167m).

  • How they got here?

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:50

    Germany breezed through their qualifying group, only dropping points in a bizarre 4-4 draw with Sweden. They scored 36 goals, more than any other European nation.

    Having won their group with five wins out of six, Ghana thrashed Egypt 6-1 in the home leg of their play-off to ensure a 2-1 loss in the return leg was academic. They ended as the top scorers in African qualifying with 25 goals.

  • Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:48

    "The age of the Germany squad is low but they have got lots of caps and experienced players, who are used to playing in huge games week-in week-out.

    "I agree that they are one of the tournament favourites. They always turn up at the big tournaments because they have talented players with a great temperament. Germany will be there or thereabouts.

    "The weather here in Fortaleza is even warmer than Manaus. I went out for a jog this morning and it was 31C. Some say that will suit the Ghanaians better but I don't agree. The German players have better technical ability, I think they will keep the ball better and get the Ghanaians running about. The heat could be detrimental to them."

    Don't forget you can watch and listen to more pre-match analysis on Match of the Day at the top of this page.

  • Outside influences

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:46

    Ghana's most influential witch doctor, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, whose name translates as "Devil of Wednesday", has told a local radio station that he is responsible for the injury that has been hampering Cristiano Ronaldo of Group G rivals Portugal.

    He claims to have been working on a special spirit called 'Kahwiri Kapam' that has caused an injury to Ronaldo that "can never be cured by any medic".

    Shame he didn't focus his attentions on the American players……

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:44

    Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah visited Liverpool last season as part of an ideas-sharing tour to England.

    Appiah and goalkeeping coach Nassam Yakubu observed the Reds' preparations for matches.

    He has also been on two similar visits to Manchester City and now uses match analysis software, which is virtually non-existent in Sub-Saharan African football.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:42

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:41

    Asamoah Gyan is Ghana's top scorer (four) and assist maker (three) in their World Cup history, which means he has been involved in more than two thirds of the 10 goals the Black Stars have scored in their two and a bit appearances in the tournament.

    When he left Sunderland in 2012, then-manager Steve Bruce claimed "parasites" had turned Gyan's head after he scored against England at Wembley. The Black Cats broke their transfer record to sign him for a fee of £13m from Rennes after the World Cup in 2010.

    There appears to be no end to his talents either as at the 2014 Ghana Music Awards, nicknamed 'Baby Jet', he won the 'Best Highlife Song of the Year' with the song 'Odo Pa'.

  • Former France striker Thierry Henry

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:40

    "Germany's team have been playing with each other for a long, long time and you've got to take that into consideration when you discuss the tournament favourites. Lahm has been fantastic since he moved into the middle, Ozil too. You could go through the whole team, but when you have a guy like Muller in the box you've got a great chance."

  • Klose to the record

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:38

    One player hoping to take the scoring headlines away from Muller is team-mate Miroslav Klose.

    The 36-year-old Lazio striker needs just one goal to equal Brazilian Ronaldo's all-time World Cup record haul of 15.

    He is already Germany's record goalscorer with 69 international goals.

    Having been an unused substitute in Germany's opener, Klose will again have to be patient after being named on the bench once more.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:36

    "I don't think there is a team that we can say will definitively go and win the competition. But Germany have a great chance. Brazil have looked ordinary in their first two games and Argentina are no great shakes either."

  • Stat attack

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

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    None of Germany's seven goals against Ghana have been scored before the 60th minute.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:35

  • Muller time

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:33

    The World Cup doesn't suit everyone, just ask England's players. For others though, you could be forgiven for thinking the tournament was made for them.

    Step forward Thomas Muller. The Germany forward opened his tournament with a treble in the stunning 4-0 drubbing of Portugal, to take his World Cup tally to eight goals in seven matches.

    The Bayern Munich man scored five goals to win the Golden Boot in South Africa four years ago and has scored seven goals in his last four finals matches. He carries on as the 'false number nine'.

  • BBC coverage

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:30

    The coverage on BBC One is just getting underway, presented by Gary Lineker, with match commentary from Guy Mowbray and former England midfielder Danny Murphy. You can watch by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker

    Match of the Day presenter

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:30

    Can you believe that England are out of this thing before Germany played twice? Whole new level of humiliation. BBC One shortly.

    That's right - you can watch Gary, along with studio guests Thierry Henry, Alan Hansen and Clarence Seedorf, in the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:27

    This is how Group G stands after the first round of matches, with Germany and the United States in pole position. A win today would almost certainly put Joachim Low's men through, due to their healthy goal difference, while a victory for the United States on Sunday would leave Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in dire straits.

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at

    Sam Heaton: I have Germany as the favourites to win the World Cup. Strength in all areas, ruthless and know how to win.

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    Join the debate at #bbcworldcup

    Posted at19:23

    So Argentina show they are serious about launching a charge for this tournament, what now for Germany?

    Can the Germans win another World Cup? Or will Ghana upset their momentum in Fortaleza?

    Tweet us your views on #bbcworldcup, text 81111 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  • BBC coverage

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:22

    So what other ways can you stay updated with the action I hear you say? I'm going to tell you now.

    The build-up to this evening's action has already started on BBC Radio 5 live, You can then listen to full live commentary of Germany v Portugal from 20:00 BST with John Murray and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

    Don't forget you can listen live by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page, as well as following live text commentary of the game here.

  • Ben Smith in Fortaleza

    BBC Sport

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:19

    "Welcome to Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. The Germany team bus was followed all the way by two Brazilian TV helicopters. It was welcomed by thousands and thousands of German fans with estimates claiming there are as many as 12,000 in Fortaleza for this game with Ghana. The heat will be a factor today. At 8.30am it was 28C and with a cloudless sky above the stadium that is expected to reach around 32C come kick-off."

  • Brotherly love

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:18

    Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jerome Boateng are one of several pairs of brothers to line up at the World Cup finals, but unlike the others they are on opposing sides.

    While the Ivory Coast's Yaya and Kolo Toure and Hondurans Wilson and Jerry Palacios are fighting together, half-brothers Kevin-Prince and Jerome are in different camps.

    They are no strangers to the rivalry though with Jerome helping Germany to victory over Kevin-Prince's Ghana in the 2010 World Cup group stage.

    Kevin-Prince Boateng has predicted a "fight to the death" - going a little bit over the top there perhaps.

  • LINE-UPS

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:13

    Kevin-Prince Boateng is brought into Ghana's side after an impressive substitute appearance against the USA - which means he is up against half-brother Jerome, who lines up in the Germany defence.

    Ghana starting XI: Dauda, Gyan (c), Atsu, Boateng, A Ayew, Muntari, Rabiu, Mensah, Asamoah, Boye, Afful.

  • LINE-UPS

    Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:12

    Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is fit to start as Germany remain unchanged from their 4-0 win against Portugal.

    Germany starting XI: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, Muller, Lahm (c), Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Boateng.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:10

    Ghana's own recent World Cup record isn't too shabby either, becoming the fourth African side to qualify for three consecutive World Cup finals.

    Who could forget their run to the quarter-finals in South Africa 2010, when only Uruguay and Luis Suarez's outrageous handball stopped them from becoming the first African nation to reach the semi-finals.

    They have got a lot of work to do though if they are to repeat, or better, those exploits after losing their opening group game to the United States 2-1.

    John Brooks's late winner was the fourth goal the Black Stars have conceded from set-pieces out of the last six they have let in. I'm sure Germany will be aware of that stat.

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:06

    Germany's 2014 World Cup got under way in spectacular style as, inspired by Thomas Muller's hat-trick, they demolished a sorry-looking Portugal 4-0.

    They have only lost one of their last 19 games in the group stages of the finals - winning 14 of them - and have been beaten by African opponents in the World Cup once, when Algeria shocked them in 1982.

    But Ghana fans don't despair. If you dig around the statistics hard enough, you can find a slight grain of hope. Since 1994, Germany have won their second World Cup group game just once.

    Clutching at straws or a slight flaw for Ghana to seize upon?

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:03

    Good evening and, yes, the Germans are on the World Cup march once again.

    Stick with me for live text commentary of their Group G match against Ghana, where victory will almost certainly see them progress from the first round for the 16th finals in a row.

    In fact, they have only failed to reach the quarter-final in one World Cup that they have entered and boast three titles and four other final appearances. Not bad eh?

  • Germany v Ghana (20:00 BST)

    Posted at19:00

    Some things in the World Cup are predictable.

    There will be a shock result in the tournament. Check.

    England will let you down. Check.

    And Germany will qualify for the next round. Give it time.

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    Germany defender Mats Hummels will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness after badly bruising his thigh against Portugal.

    Regardless of whether Hummels is fit or not, captain Philipp Lahm will stay in his new defensive midfield role.

    Ghana's Michael Essien has returned to full training after a toe injury.

    Kevin-Prince Boateng could come into the starting line-up, meaning he will be on opposing sides to his half-brother, Jerome, of Germany.

Posted on Saturday 21st June 2014

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