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2014 World Cup: Ghana vrs Germany - the top facts in the big clash

Ahead of Ghana's World Cup match against Germany in Brazil on Saturday, here are all the most interesting statistics ahead of what promises to be another stern test for the Nationalmannschaft.

FC Schalke 04′s Kevin-Prince Boateng (l.) and brother Jerome Boateng (r.) of FC Bayern München met four years ago at the World Cup in Germany’s group stage game against Ghana

Munich – A star-studded Germany side full to the brim with Bundesliga stars took an emphatic first step to winning a fourth FIFA World Cup, beating Portugal 4-0 on Monday. However, their next opponent present a challenge in stark contrast to that posed by Crisitano Ronaldo and Co. last Monday.

Up next for Joachim Löw’s men on 21 June (16:00 GMT/18:00 CEST) are Group G opponents Ghana. Accordingly, Bundesliga has gathered all the most interesting statistics ahead of what promises to be another stern test for the Nationalmannschaft….

  • Germany and Ghana have only ever played each other twice on the international stage with Germany emerging triumphant on both occasions. Their first meeting, a friendly back in 1993, was played in the German city of Bochum and finished with the home side winning 6-1. The second was a much tighter affair with the Nationalmannschaft grinding out a 1-0 win at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa during the group stages.
    • The 6-1 win over Ghana back in 1993, was a much more keenly contested encounter than the scoreline suggests. Until the 69th minute, Germany had been trailing 1-0 to the African side, but Germany bounced back in a big way, scoring six goals in the final 21 minutes as Ulf Kirsten, Andy Möller both found the net, while Stefan Effenberg and Jürgen Klinsmann bagged braces.
      • In 2010 by contrast, was decided by a single goal scored by former SV Werder Bremen midfielder and 56-time Germany international Mesut Özil. Ghana’s results against European teams during a World Cup have been the definition of average: two wins against the Czech Republic and Serbia balance out the defeats suffered at the hand of Italy and Germany.
        • Kevin-Prince Boateng was surprised to find himself on the bench against the USA, but came off the bench to revitalize his side in the closing half an hour, taking three shots on goal in a dominant performance. Therefore, just like in 2010, it is more than likely that both him and half-brother Jerome Boateng will face off against each other.
          • The German national team should should be well aware they can’t afford to take anything for granted though. The DFB-XI have only managed to win their second game of a World Cup once in five attempts; the 1-0 victory over Poland in 2006 was far from clear-cut..
            • Mats Hummels would be a huge loss for Germany against Ghana with the defender currently facing a race against time to be fit for the clash. The centre-back injured himself against Portugal, but also scored his sides’ second goal whilst winning 75 per cent of his challenges.
              • A win against Ghana would not guarantee Germany their spot in the knock-out stages. However, if the USA beat Portugal the following day, then the German squad can go into their final group game against Jürgen Klinsmann’s troops knowing their spot in the Round of 16 has already been wrapped up.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Solo uk says:

    A win for Germany seals their qualification. However, it may not be all doom for the Blackstars unless Portugal beats the US. Should Ghana be beaten say one or two goals,they must wait for the outcome of the Portugal vUSA game to know their fate. Now some scenarios, Ghana loses, Usa loses, Ghana can make it if we beat Portugal. Should Usa draw and we lose we are out unless we get a result against Germany. Against Germany is a do or die. I expect a surprise

  2. Michael says:

    GSN the match is at 19.00GMT (7pm local time) and not 16.00GMT. Ghana will beat Germany.

  3. Louis says:

    Black stars, all de way