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2014 World Cup: Germany name strong starting line-up to face Ghana

Germany central defender Mats Hummels was in the starting lineup for the Group G match against Ghana, which started with Germany-based striker Kevin-Prince Boateng and kept midfield star Michael Essien on the bench after he fought to return to fitness from a toe injury.

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Germany central defender Mats Hummels was in the starting lineup for the Group G match against Ghana, which started with Germany-based striker Kevin-Prince Boateng and kept midfield star Michael Essien on the bench after he fought to return to fitness from a toe injury.

Boateng’s half-brother Jerome was in the Germany lineup, making it the second time they play against each other at a World Cup.

Coach James Appiah also switched goalkeepers to start with Fatau Dauda, while defender Daniel Opare is out injured.

Hummels was doubtful because of a thigh injury but coach Joachim Loew stuck with the 11 that beat Portugal 4-0.

Germany starting XI: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Hoewedes, Lahm, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, Goetze.

Ghana starting XI: Dauda; Afful, Mensah, Boye, Mohammed, Asamoah, Atsu, Muntari, Ayew, Boateng, Gyan.

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