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Evening football fans, big game tonight for both of these team. Germany absolutely demolished Portugal while Ghana lost to USA. There’s a lot to play for.
An interesting dynamic will occur tonight has the Boateng half-brothers will be playing for opposite teams.
As you may have noticed some of us live bloggers are suffering from technical difficulties…. hopefully we are past that now.
And that’s it. A second great game of the day. Ghana well worth the point, and looked a lot stronger than they did against the USA, but will be bottom if Portugal win in Manaus tomorrow. I think we’ve found our group of death.
Sulley Muntari gets a late booking for a foul on Kroos (the game’s first, but Muntari’s second of the tournament), and the resulting free-kick sees a nasty between Thomas Müller and John Boye as the referee blows the final whistle. Müller goes to head the ball but connect’s with Boye’s shoulder, but both look okay, even if Müller ends up bleeding.
Ghana have a great 3-on-2 break (with numbers arriving behind them) but Wakaso strays offside, and it comes to nothing. To show how Ghana have picked up in the last few minutes Joachim Löw boots the ball away to waste time.
What a great second half. Portugal ahead for Ghana in their final game. So many chances in the last 45. Well played to Ghana, if you aren’t scared and you push hard this Germany side seem to be a little unsure of themselves.
In one of the more bizarre moments of the World Cup, Manuel Neuer goes to throw the ball, only for the ball to spoon in the air, meaning he has to hoof it up pitch. Amazingly he connects cleanly and it goes about seventy yards.
Some great last ditch interventions by Kwadwo Asamoah and Jonathan Mensah to keep the score at 2-2.
Officially Klose levels with Ronaldo* with fifteen goals, but his first goal against Costa Rica in 2002 was clearly a Luis Marin own goal as you’ll see here:
*The Ronaldo who emerged at the 1998 World Cup, not one of the many others, or Cristiano Ronaldo Averio dos Santos
The Germans are starting to find some space here. Ghana, as Rob says, were looking strong before the Klose goal.
20 minutes to play here (Having some WiFi difficulties all – Sorry for the stop/start)
Has a nice little flip for a celebration but doesn’t make it look that great… he’s getting on a bit now.
Klose has equalised. A record for him and an important instinctive tap in. It may even be his first touch
Götze and Khedira off, Klose and Schweinsteiger on.
Another chance for Ghana as Andre Ayew almost connects with a cross.
Germany are all over the place. Twice Ghana break. The first time a mishit pass allows Hummels to clear. The second time, Jordan Ayew goes on a great run, with Ghana three-on-two against the German defence, but chooses to cut inside and shoot, when he had better placed teammates.
Well we can make puns about who is Ghana win this, as Asamoah Gyan puts the Black Stars 1-0 up. Fantastic through ball from Sulley Muntari, Phillipp Lahm slips, and Gyan slides it past Neuer.
Welcome Rob, glad for the company.
I think Outcast could certainly work something out.
Such a shame that the Ayew brothers don’t pronounce their names Hey You. Think of the song potential.
Thats two in two for him… sure he got the equaliser in the USA game too.
Andrew Ayew scores to draw the sides level. Instant response. Another header from a fantastic cross.
Now we have a pitch invasion. Just what Ghana needed when they had gone straight onto the back foot. Boateng is off for the Ayew who didn’t start (not sure which one)
Well I jinxed that. Gotze scores to break the deadlock to make it 1-0 to Germany. Mario gets between the two central defenders to head home a Thomas Muller cross. Fantastic ball it was too.
We’re now five minutes into the second half. Still no real ‘winner’ here. I certainly wouldn’t want to call it.
Half Time is here. Its been pretty even for both sides. Ghana look quick to attack and have arguably had the stronger opportunities. Germany have been lacking a final ball but both deserve this half time position.
Game has settled down as we approach the half-time interval. Ghana building a spell of possession. Germany haven’t looked to break as quickly as they did against Portugal. Even-stevens so far….
Quite a bit of back and forth here but no breakthrough yet. Ghana playing to win.
The Ghana team are certainly pushing in this one. Looks like we’ll see an exciting game here. They certainly aren’t scared on this German side.
The Germans have started seeing more of the ball now. Kroos’ long range effort is high and wide. Still it came from some great build up play.
First chance falls to the Africans but the shot goes over the bar after a good cross from Ayew
Ghana have already made an improvement over their game with USA – they went a goal down in 30 seconds.
Congratulations to Per Mertesacker, he’s makes his 100th appearance for Germany!
Sky Sports are stating that Germany scored 44% of the chances in their game against Portugal.
Just kicked off by the way
Ghanian 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 plaguing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Germany breezed through their qualifying group at walking pace, only dropping points in a bizarre 4-4 draw with Sweden thanks to Ibrahimovich. 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.
We’re ten minutes from kick-off. Sadly I’m audio-less so hopefully I won’t miss anything.