2014 World Cup Germany v Ghana: Black Stars to go down swinging

Germany

Germany

Germany made a storming start to the group stage by thumping Portugal 4-0, and Kevin Hatchard expects them to win an entertaining clash with struggling Ghana.

Germany

Any pre-tournament fears amongst Germany fans about injury problems and an unbalanced squad were swept away by an excellent 4-0 win against Portugal. Although it wasn’t a perfect display (there is still a defensive weakness against counter-attacks, and I don’t like centre-backs playing at full-back), it was an eye-catching opening statement, andJoachim Low‘s side flowed forward dangerously throughout the match.

Thomas Muller rightly took the plaudits for his hat-trick, and if you took the advice from my Group G preview and backed him at 36.0 in the Golden Boot market, you’re in a strong position. At time of writing, the wily Bayern Munich forward is the 3.9 favourite to top the World Cup goal-scoring charts for the second tournament running.

Luckily for us, they don’t take goals away for shameless play-acting, although Portugal defender Pepe still deserved to be sent off for the time-honoured offence of “being a plank”. Who head-butts someone when they’re already on the ground?

Germany centre-back Mats Hummels is a doubt for this game, having limped out of the Portugal clash with a thigh injury. He has played a limited part in training, and his chances of playing are rated at 50/50. If the Borussia Dortmund star does miss out, Jerome Boateng is likely to be switched to centre-back, with youngster Shkodran Mustafi a contender to start at right-back.

I’d be surprised if Low tinkers too much with the German attack, as it looked so dangerous against Portugal. Miroslav Klose is likely to be confined to the bench once again, with Muller taking the central striker’s role between Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still carrying a knee injury, and may struggle to break into the side, as the triumvirate of Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and skipper Philipp Lahm were very effective against the Iberians.
Ghana

Despite their puffed-up talk of a run to the semi-finals, Ghana’s Black Stars well and truly blew it against USA in their opening group game, losing 2-1. Dozily conceding an opener after just 29 seconds was bad enough, but with the score at 1-1 with four minutes left, they clumsily gave up a corner from which the unmarked John Anthony Brooks headed home the winner.

That game really was there for the taking. Kwesi Appiah’s side consistently found space on the edge of the USA box, and worked a number of good crossing positions. However, the final pass or cross was all too often atrocious, and it says a lot that just three of Ghana’s 21 goal attempts were on target.

Juventus first-team regular Kwadwo Asamoah has pleaded with his coach Appiah to let him play further forward, as he was somewhat shackled playing at left-back against USA. I understand why Appiah played him there though, as Ghana’s other options at left-back are accidents waiting to happen.

Right-back Daniel Opare should be fit to start despite picking up a knock in training, while Michael Essien, who was surprisingly left out of the starting XI for the USA game, is in contention despite a toe injury. Attacking midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is pushing for a start, and could face his brother Jerome in a World Cup Finals match for the second tournament running.

Match Odds

Germany have developed a chronic case of “second game syndrome” in recent World Cup group stages. In the last five World Cups they have contested, Germany have won their second match just once, a 1-0 success against Poland in 2006. Although you may be tempted to factor this into your pre-match calculations, I would advise against it. This is a German side that averaged 3.6 goals per game in qualifying, and has just demolished a big European rival. Although Ghana have pace and skill in attack, their defence is a huge worry, and the team lacks composure. I expect Germany to win this.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Mumbi says:

    If BD (Black Dogs ) can lose to USA which is not a footballing nation but basketball, what should they expect from mighty Germany? 6-0. Germany won’t be scared of ghanaians urglyness which resembles king kong (huge baboon ). Go Germany Go!!!

  2. Kweku Ananse says:

    It’s so amazing how nobody seems to be giving the Black Stars a chance against the Germans

    This is soccer – notable for surprise galore indeed and yet nobody sees this in spite of myriads of results to attest to this:

    Maybe these pundits are being realistic ; or they could be lackadaisically playing favoritism and ignoring simple soccer logic.

    In 1982 the mighty West Germany spear-headed by the legendary Karl Heinze Rumminege succumbed to Algeria in a shocking 2-1 defeat. Really!

    How about Cameroun beating Maradona’s Argentina in that memorable World Cup opener by a lone goal? Hmmm Hmmm!

    Four years ago, Italy shamefully occupied the ‘enviable’ last position after the group matches. Huh!

    Did anybody predict Germany beating Portugal 4-0?
    How about Holland beating Spain 5-1? Or Chile beating Spain the defending champions 2-1?
    Did Costa Rica beat Uruguay 3-1?

    Anything is possible in soccer. Yes the Black Stars were let down by aN inexperienced coach who after two years has still not found a cohesive pattern of formation to bring the best out of his players.

    His mistake were so glaring right when he put together an unsung list of six glittery defenders from a pool of well tested alternatives.

    Nevertheless, the Germans will have to contend with a passionate Ghanaian side who will throw everything into the game to salvage its glory.

    It’s called soccer and it’s unpredictability is what makes it so entertaining.
    Let’s wait till Saturday.

  3. Paradox says:

    Mumbi. Take it easy man. There is now war on zamfoot between zambians and Ghanaians yo terror has caused a response by them and now they r goin to zamfoot to insult us all.

  4. NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:

    GHANA will tomorrow swing out of the world cup…. GERMANY 5-0 GAYNA

  5. Nimo says:

    Our defence is weaker than a paper the germans will just be dribbling and running through. We Should Play 5 Defenders tomorrow.

    —————————-Gyan————————–

    Dede Ayew—–K. Asamoah—-KP Boateng

    —————————Essien————————–

    Afful——Boye—–Sumaila—–Mensah—–Inkoom

    ————————–Kwarasey—————————–

  6. Mumbi says:

    @ Paradox, take it easy also on me. I will soon leave this site on 26th June after Portugal smash these big mouths fools.

  7. Ghana will surely win coming tomorrow game for sure.

  8. Ras says:

    This mumbi or mumbai or zombie guy is a fool. Go and advice your fucking countrymen…idiot!!

  9. Chineke says:

    @ Ras.Stop insultng my zambian neighbor,are u that stupid and arogant.U touch Zambia u touch nigerians coz we are more like brothers not a useless animal team called BD’s.You will b walopd tomorow

  10. Selfmade says:

    Our team is so useless nowander we wont go anywhere in this tournerment. I conquer with Chineke even tho am ghanian that we are just BD’s…..

  11. Naija guy says:

    Africa wud have done better if Zambia, Mali,South Africa,Guinea;Nigeria and Egypt were there not these others.Ivorians are so overatd but replicat club form same with stupid and arogant BD’s.Nigeria is the onyl hope now.Go Super Eagles Go……

  12. Draman Appiah says:

    We can just pick only one sensible point from this Zambian international called Mumbi. If we were beaten by a basketball team, how can we beat a strong footballing nation Germany? We blew it all against USA, even a draw with Usa cannot be good for us in this dangerous group. The same Germany baptized our most feared opponent CR11′s Portugal in this same group. Things looks terrible for us but we can just try not to concede basketball goals.

  13. Kweku Ananse says:

    For the Soccer Pundits:

    Who could predict that Costa Rica will top a group made up of soccer giants like England, Italy & Uruguay?

    They simply made Italy look amateurish.
    Wonders will indeed never end.

  14. bestinfo says:

    Our coach is useless..he didn’t learn anything from being milo Van assistant coach at the 2010 world cup..costa rica and other countries are winning with just the same information we played at 2010 and I wonder if A.A has been watching this matches and learning any thing from it….

  15. Selfmade says:

    BD has a strong team they just need to remove some arogance and stupidity in our players so that they can adapt to any condition with or without lights otherwise it will b a total bashing tomorow

  16. Kwiku says:

    U morons speaking against we want to see u after the match tomorow especialy Chineke, naija guy and that useless guy called Mumbi or mombi,we want to see u on ths forum tomorow otherwise i have acceptd that we are just BD’s

  17. bestinfo says:

    Chlie and costa rica are in the round of 16 and are playing just the same information Milo use to Played against Germany,USA and Uruguay….

    —————-Kingston—————

    J.Pensil——-J.Mensah——-I.Vorsah
    Inkoom Sarpei

    Annan————–K.P

    K.Asamoah———Gyan———-Dede

    This is how A.A has to make the Ghana line up and bettter stop that older 4.4.2 thing..if he plays 4.4.2 tomorrow there is know Ghana will score even 1 goal against Germany tomorrow….A.A must be smart and think fast and learn

  18. Selfmade says:

    From the research i have just found out that BD means black dogs with lights off

  19. banger says:

    ALL THESE SMELLY ZAMBIANS AND NIATHIEFIANS WHO DNT KNO THE MEAN IN OF SOAP OR DEODORANTS SHOULD GO AND DO WHAT THEY DO BEST.EAT WORMS AND HUMAN HEADS. KWASIA ILLITERATE BABOONS WHO ARE ALWAYS JEALOUS OF GHANA.THESE ZAMBIANS ARE SOO JEALOUS COS WE KICKED THEIR AZZ FRM GOIN TO THE WCUP.THEY COULD NOT EVEN QUALIFY EVEN DOE FIFA AWARDED THEM WITH POINTS. BUNCH OF SAVAGES, AND FOR THESE 419 SMELLY IDIOTS.U SHOULD GO AND FIND YOUR MISSIN GIRLS.YOUR BOKO HARAMS. PROBABLY ATE THEM FOR LUNCH . FUCKING SAVAGES,

  20. koo says:

    Why is this mumu call zambian think he is? If ur so called perfect footballers were men enough why didn’t they qualify. Learn to remove the lug on your eyes before thinking of ur brothers own. Nigeria man think about ur self too cos a nation who always think about bomb can draw with u den a full ??

  21. Mumbi says:

    @ Chineke thanks. Ghana are a disgrace to themselves for failing to beat a basketball team. So the BD’s can only beat visiting opponents at home after subjecting them to poor airports, bumpy roads, poor hotels, poor fufu foods, contaminated water, training in car parks, juju from Nana Kweku Bonsam, stoning visiting teams, and all forms of barbarick treatment. Cursed Ghana will never even win an african trophy using satanic ways, coz God is angry with their wrong doing.

  22. nana says:

    @ selfmade, who’s useless , your misspellings or yourself, wabon paa . You are a brother but you can’t be against black stars . So come again

  23. max says:

    look at the Zambians and the Nigerian talking……I never knew u are such a foolish nation in the African continent. No wonder……Zambia if u meet u we will always beat u in any competition lol ……..mumbia,selfmade n niajaman are the most stupid animal I have ever seen …..haven’t dreamt of seeing tooo.look at the Nigerian…..lol they are the most funny team ever…look at the group they are in but keep on fooling….now u goats have the nerve to insult Ghana….lol let wait till tomorrow…..idiotic fool

  24. rastee says:

    Only Africans will be insulting each other instead of uniting. When will we move forward if we keep up with such negativity

  25. Stallion says:

    The Swiss getting annihilated by France. I see Ghana going the same way looking at our poor form…hope the Germans have a little mercy and keep the score down…hahahaaa.

  26. Prince says:

    Ghana will qualify to the next stage of the tournament and it will shock everybody..mark my words

  27. Selfmade says:

    The most arogant are those who cant accept that our team is a BD which is a new word have learnt from Chineke.Any i know we will b bashd tomorow

  28. Selfmade says:

    The most arogant are those who cant accept that our team is a BD which is a new word have learnt from Chineke.Anyway i know we will b bashd tomorow

  29. Naija guy says:

    @ selfmade. U r the most principled BD unlike these other BD’s

  30. Kwena says:

    Our team can win this germany team if we avoid using young players.Lets utilise the experiencd players for our BD’s to win

  31. coach says:

    Why do you guys waste you time on nonentities like Mumbi and God forsaken people like useless Nigerians. Zambia is full of poverty and HIV infested just like Nigeria who has about 61% of their population living on less than $1 a day. Oh! My God, Nigerians and Zambians are so poor

  32. coach says:

    Nigerian PhD holders are selling dog chains in Ghana and others have been turn into slaves by their Ghanaian masters. Zambia has 74% of his population living below %1 a day. What a useless country and people

  33. coach says:

    Zambia players play with Chimpanzees and gorillas in the Dr Congo rainforest. These animals are not suppose to mingle with human beings.WC is for human beings and not animals like Zambians that is why zambia can never play at the WC.

  34. coach says:

    Ghana is heaven for useless Nigerians who have been enslaved by their Ghanaian host. Every Nigerian wants be a slave in Ghana, so they are coming in their multitudes . I have two Nigerians as slave whose responsibility is to clean my toilet and gutters

  35. ras says:

    @ chineke.. you wont go advice that your useless team to qualify.. wait till you get walloped by argentina..Messi is gonna use you guys to set a record… the little said about that zambian idiot, the better… Kwasia… who gave you bumpy roads and poor airports? do you have an airport such as ours? one common fluke nations cup and you thought you were soccer gods…aaaappuuuuu…you will forever be village champions

  36. Raay says:

    Please it is not healthy for us to be insulting each other. We are one people. That is the aim of the game. To unite us. Ghana played very beautiful football. unfortunately we could not score. But football is a game. On the day the US were no match for Ghana yet they did the most important thing. Like spain and England we can lose but the fact that we have lost does not mean we will keep losing.It is unfair to insult Ghana after making Africa proud against all odds in 2010. A true supporter is one who rallies behind his team independent of the outcome of a match… Germans are a beatable team.. Our keeper must set a distance within which to catch a ball when a corner is floated… Thats all… Am sure the defenders have also rehearsed how to position themselves when an atacker is coming against them….. Ghana will certainly win against Germany… My country knows how to step up their game when everything is against them Trust the stars to surprise the world… Germany will not sit back…. They will want to play…. We will hv a beautiful game tomorrow and Ghana will win…

  37. Anokwale says:

    What I find funny is people do not realize that even if Ghana loses to Germany, if Portugal beats the USA and we beat Portugal as USA loses to Germany, we go through. (Assuming goal difference is not bad)A loss is not actually the end of the road.

  38. unity says:

    Mumbi how can African call another African a dog. The white man call us dogs and we calling each other dogs. Let’s focus on unity. Let’s talk about massive problems in Africa. Starvation, corruption health, and education etc. Are we that ignorant. Let’s show love and respect. We are Africans never forget that.

  39. Yaw says:

    DO NOT BE FOOLED…MY FELLOW GHANAIANS, THIS “MUMBI” CHARACTER CAN ONLY BE A NIGERIAN! HE/SHE IS HIDING BEHIND “ANONYMITY” & MAKING SOME OF YOU BELIEVE HE/SHE IS A ZAMBIAN. THERE IS NO ZAMBIAN WHO CAN SPEW SO MUCH HATRED, & PRIMITIVE BEHAVIOR AGAINST GHANA LIKE THIS ONE DOES. ZAMBIANS HAVE NOTHING ON GHANA, NIGERIANS DO – THEY ARE BORN WITH ENVY OF US! PLEASE DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS PRIMITIVE NIGERIAN ON HERE!

  40. kofi owusu says:

    I will not insult nigerians and zambians becos of a couple of idiots.

  41. Pablo says:

    New Poem For Kwasea Appiah

    A Ghana, a Ghana
    A Ghana has a coach
    He has a big head
    And a very small brain, and
    A very small brain
    And a very small brain!!