MATCH REPORT: Ghana keep World Cup knock-out stage hopes alive after thirlling draw with Germany
Ghana played one of its greatest games at the World Cup on Saturday when the Black Stars dominated and held tournament favourites Germany to a 2-2 draw to keep alive their faith of reaching the the last 16 of tournament in Brazil.
The Black Stars played an attractive and attacking football that confounded the Germans and won the hearts of many globally with their style of play in Fortaleza on Saturday night.
The 2010 quarter-finalists must now win their final match against and hope other results go their way to cruise to the knock-out round.
The Black Stars supplied a positive response than what Portugal put up which allowed Die Mannschaft a handsome 4-0 win.
Kwesi Appiah made three changes to the team which lost 2-1 to USA in their opener and his approach was effective.
They matched the Europeans in every department and had shots on target from Christian Atsu and Sulley Muntari saved by goalkeeper Manuel Neur.
Ghana were the first to fire the warning shot early on in the match but when the ball fell to captain Asamoah Gyan, he squandered that glorious scoring opportunity.
Both sides served delicious football but could not find the back of the net at the interval.
After the break, Germany shot ahead through Mario Gotze- his first World Cup goal-after his header on a Thomas Muller cross fortuitously struck his knee to beat Fatau Dauda.
John Boye mis-timed his defensive header and right-back was late in closing down Gotze.
But it took three minutes for the Black Stars to respond through Andre Ayew who out-jumped his marker to head home superbly.
The goal re-invigorated the West Africans and mounted a search for the lead with some delicate passing game.
Captain Gyan then put Ghana ahead by finishing a great run into the area and powerfully shot home for his fourth World Cup and joined of scorers in three consecutive World Cup.
Reeling from a stunning Ghana assault midway through the second half, Germany were trailing 2-1 in Fortaleza.
For a few moments they looked as though they would join Italy, England and Spain in the World Cup hall of shame.
Germany equalized as substitute Miroslav Klose poked home a corner-kick which was flicked on by Howedes.
It was a World Cup record equaling 15th goal for the Lazio forward as he is now tied with Brazil legend Ronaldo.
For Ghana to qualify, Portugal must beat USA on Sunday and Ghana win against Portugal in the final Group G match with Germany aiding their course by beating USA.