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2014 World Cup Feature: Ghana shows world football how to beat Germany

Ghana's Christian Atsu (left) Kevin Prince Boateng (centre) and Mohammed Rabiu (right) combine to deny Germany's Philipp Lahm

Ghana’s Christian Atsu (left) Kevin Prince Boateng (centre) and Mohammed Rabiu (right) combine to deny Germany’s Philipp Lahm

Jerome faced Kevin Prince as the brothers Boateng came together in a clash of European and African heavyweights when Germany played Ghana in Fortaleza on Saturday, but who came out on top and what does it mean for the tournament at large?

The even nature of the first half showed how far Ghana have come as a footballing nation and that they deserve to be competing with the best teams in the word. Ghana look a dangerous side on the break, with the pace of Chelsea’s Christian Atsu and Marseille’s Andre Ayew occasionally permitting them to escape the shackles of German domination. Indeed Manuel Neuer was forced to make what were arguably the two most difficult saves, albeit from distance, in an even first half.

BLACK STARS UPPED THE PACE

Ghana’s high intensity pressing game was faultless for the entirety of the first period and it is a pity that the difficulty of their draw means that their progression into the knockout remains unlikely they are a much more entertaining and tactically astute team than a number of the sides that will be progressing.

Germany meanwhile were far from the free flowing, high scoring side that brushed Portugal aside in their first game, although they were faced with less naivety from this well drilled Ghana side. The first half left a lot to be desired in terms of end product, but the ingredients, and indeed the quality, was obvious even at an early stage.

However, once Mario Gotze sloppily finished an inch perfect cross off his knee from the tournament’s in-form man Thomas Muller in the 51st minute, the game sprang into life. No sooner had Gotze put the Germans ahead than the Ghanaians; seemingly blessed with boundless energy to a man, piled forward in search of the crucial equaliser.

GERMANY WERE SLEEPING

And ultimately it was one of the players who had looked more dangerous in the first half, Andre Ayew, who dragged the African side back into it with an acrobatic header in the 54th minute.

Having got back into the game, Ghana dramatically, and deservedly, took the lead after an intelligent ball from Sulley Muntari to Gyan in the 63rd minute whose cool finish belied the difficulty of the task facing him. Ghana were in dream land for nearly 10 minutes, deservedly leading against one of the tournament favourites.

However, Germany’s veteran striker Miroslav Klose, who equalled Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals at World Cup Finals when he poked home from a corner, prematurely spoiled the party. The rest of the game was end to end with both teams having a number of chances in what was arguably the most entertaining game of the tournament so far by the time the referee finally blew his whistle; Ghana showing the kind of athleticism and desire that captured so many hearts four years ago on their path to the quarter finals.

Ghana’s high pressing and fast counter attacking shattered the myth that Germany are a team almost impossible to score against. The Ghanaians did what Cristiano Ronaldo et al. failed to do, putting two past arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, and one of the most intimidating defences at the tournament at that. They showed that this German side is not as comfortable as some sides when they are rushed into playing.

GERMANY’S WEAKNESSES WERE LAID BARE

Indeed, the draw showed us more about Germany than it did about Ghana. The African side’s strengths and weaknesses are fairly well known – they are always an energetic, attacking team that try to expose opponents with pace on the counter attack.

What it has taught us is that Germany are still an intimidating team, but they are by no means unbeatable. Ghana have provided others with a blueprint to compete with the physicality of the Germans; they will be encouraged to press high, to expend all energy not letting the Germans have time on the ball, and to use their fastest players to counter-attack.

If teams can trust a solid defence and use pace to counter Philip Lahm and his team as they pile forward, this may be the route to beating the European side. Germany scraped through with a draw here but it will be interesting, if teams like Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands can sure up their defences and unleash the immense pace in their attacking talent, to see how the Germans cope with slightly more finishing quality following a similar game plan to Ghana.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Bruce MUGABE says:

    ghana is my dream in africa

  2. mengele wwII villain says:

    More so how to draw against Germany

  3. Mumbi says:

    African heavyweights, my ass!!!. Just for drawing with Germany and u bcome heavyweights? Then where do you put African champions NIGERIA who are still in the tornament? Talk of Ivory coast & Algeria when your asses and Cameroun are out. Trophyless donkeys, you lable your selves heavyweights in witchcraft and idol worship not in football.

  4. Selfmade says:

    We are heavyweights in witchcraft, corruption, prostitution, raping animals, robberly, hunger, insults, and so many forms of being fools.

  5. Papadinho says:

    See this low minded Zambian s ooh. They have nothing to do so they coming to disturb their masters. Think about your failed nation and leave us the Fuck alone!!! I know y’all are still brokenhearted after Ghana whooped y’all. Abeg get over it wai. And to Nigerian s hating on this site, I leave you all in the hands of boko haram.

    Bless

  6. Raseed says:

    What a useless article.

  7. Look @ this stupid fool…if we Ghanaians are donkeys then I wonder wat u guys be…kwasiakwa!!!

  8. whyte guy says:

    Mumbi is frustrated and disturbed by his ugly president and their constitution. anyway, Zambia ain’t better than Haiti and their attitudes r fuckin like animals. ils mangent comme fous. when west Africa were enjoying their independence he and his Zambian folks were still serving their British missionaries and masters. Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa and Bush Man

  9. whyte guy says:

    Mumbi is frustrated and disturbed by his ugly president and their constitution. anyway, Zambia ain’t better than Haiti and their attitudes r fuckin like animals. ils mangent comme fous. when west Africa were enjoying their independence he and his Zambian folks were still serving their British missionaries and masters. Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa and Bush Man….mudafuckaz

  10. whyte guy says:

    Mumbi is frustrated and disturbed by his ugly president and their constitution. anyway, Zambia ain’t better than Haiti and their attitudes r fuckin like animals. ils mangent comme fous. when west Africa were enjoying their independence he and his Zambian folks were still serving their British missionaries and masters. Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa and Bush Man….mudafuckaz..

  11. whyte guy says:

    Mumbi is frustrated and disturbed by his ugly president and their constitution. anyway, Zambia ain’t better than Haiti and their attitudes r fuckin like animals. ils mangent comme fous. when west Africa were enjoying their independence he and his Zambian folks were still serving their British missionaries and masters. Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa and Bush Man….mudafuckaz..What’s up GOLD COAST keep ur head up and I suppose y’all gonn’ make to Russia 2018 and Zambian Bushman will be watching ur brilliant skills on black and white television. va te faire foute. Mumbi

  12. whyte guy says:

    Mumbi is frustrated and disturbed by his ugly president and their constitution. anyway, Zambia ain’t better than Haiti and their attitudes r fuckin like animals. ils mangent comme fous. when west Africa were enjoying their independence he and his Zambian folks were still serving their British missionaries and masters. Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa and Bush Man….mudafuckaz..What’s up GOLD COAST keep ur head up and I suppose y’all gonn’ make to Russia 2018 and Zambian Bushman will be watching ur brilliant skills on black and white television. va te faire foute. Mumbi HIV mudafuckaz

  13. whyte guy says:

    Mumbi is frustrated and disturbed by his ugly president and their constitution. anyway, Zambia ain’t better than Haiti and their attitudes r fuckin like animals. ils mangent comme fous. when west Africa were enjoying their independence he and his Zambian folks were still serving their British missionaries and masters. Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa and Bush Man….mudafuckaz..What’s up GOLD COAST keep ur head up and I suppose y’all gonn’ make to Russia 2018 and Zambian Bushman will be watching ur brilliant skills on black and white television. va te faire foute. Mumbi is HIV mudafuckaz who has seen an ocean in dilapidated and miserable life before. what the muadafuck do u care if Ghana is outta this world cup, at least the world knows Ghana and West Africa, the gateway to Africa

  14. luomo1 says:

    Ghanians are consoling themselves…I don’t knw hw a team that is on the verge of elimination is given so much praise,a game that has not helped ur cause of qualifying..cameroon also held germany to a draw and we all know the faith of cameroon at the world cup..the US team has put ghana in its place as a team of braggados

  15. Kwesi Dontoh says:

    This mumbi guy is insane. It’s an established fact that he lived and ate with donkeys back in Zambia. He has the brain similar to that of an animal. I urge my fellow Ghanaians to disregard him, and also GSN should delete his messages from this site.

  16. DABOOOO says:

    These exchanges n insults are not the best. We are Africans n suppose to be one family. Let’s be civil in our language. LUV U ALL