Germany vs Ghana: All the stats, facts and team news for the Group G clash
Group G: Germany v Ghana
Venue: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Kick-off: 8pm (4pm, Brazil time)
TV coverage: BBC1, from 7.30pm
Referee: Sandro Ricci, Brazil
Managers: Joachim Low (Germany), James Appiah (Ghana)
Team news to follow
Key clash: Jerome Boateng (Germany) v Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana)
Four years ago Kevin-Prince was public enemy No 1 in Germany after injuring Michael Ballack in the FA Cup final while a player at Portsmouth. This time round the Ghana midfielder has said Germany lack leaders. His brother Jerome will be out to silence him in Fortaleza.
One to watch: Thomas Muller (Germany)
At just 24, the Bayern Munich striker has already scored eight World Cup goals, following his fine hat-trick in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal.
Head-to-head record: Played 2 Germany Wins 2
Familiar face: Ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan now plays in the UAE.
History lesson: The teams have played twice — in a 1993 friendly and at the 2010 World Cup. Germany won both matches 7-1 on aggregate.
Did you know? Muller has scored eight goals in seven World Cup games.
Germany have won their two previous games against Ghana, in a friendly on 14 April 1993 (6-1) and in the World Cup group stages on 23 June 2010 (1-0)
All seven of Germany’s goals against Ghana have been scored from the 60th minute onwards.
Germany’s only defeat against an African side at the World Cup was against Algeria on 16 June 1982 (1-2), winning four and drawing one.
Germany have only lost one of their last 19 games in the group stages of the World Cup, it was against Serbia on 18 June 2010 (0-1), winning 14 and drawing four.
Ghana have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five World Cup games. They have conceded just six goals in the process, however
Germany have opened their last seven World Cups with a victory; the last time they failed to win their opening game was back in 1986, when they drew 1-1 with Uruguay.
However Germany have won their second World Cup group game on just one occasion since 1994 (D3 L1), it was in 2006 v Poland (1-0). In 2010 they lost 1-0 to Serbia.
Four of the last six World Cup goals Ghana have conceded have come from set-pieces, including the late winner for the USA in their opener.
Miroslav Klose currently has 14 World Cup goals – only Brazilian star Ronaldo has more (15).
Thomas Müller has scored eight goals in seven World Cup games and seven in his last four.