MATCH REPORT: Ghana keep World Cup knock-out stage hopes alive after thirlling draw with Germany

Asamoah Gyan celebrating the lead.

Asamoah Gyan celebrating the lead.

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.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. papa says:

    ghana should have won.jordan sooooo selfish

    • Johnny says:

      And that’s why people are so pissed at the coach for bringing on Jordan instead of Waris. All Jordan does is dribble, looking for individual glory. Waris plays so well with Gyan yet Appiah is scared of Abedi Pele and is afraid of being criticised, or is plain stupid for wasting our chances on Jordan.

    • Ghfuo, heaven is NOT for fools says:

      AA is our problem
      AA is the one giving us all these problems. Wat did Badu come n do in this game? Mensah is the reason we didn’t conceded more goals. I don’t know why boye was even brought in in the 2half. Kpb is not committed. We don’t need him. Acquah would have hustled better. Aa is mentally constipated. Imagine kasa on the wings today. He would have gotten into the 18nuff times! We needed for go.win today. How are we going to beat Portugal with more goals? It’s possible but not easy . Boyee should have seen that Goetze had gotten inside of afful. Before the cross was sent. He went totally for wats going on from afar. Rather than paying attention to what was beside him, goetze
      We should won this game. We lost from the bench. Boye messes up against usa and u give him a start again? When I insult aa. Ppl say I’m disrespecting, but look! We are played with vigor and hustle…but aa that hardheaded coconut is why we didn’t win.
      U use kasa on the wing. U replace rabiu with acquah or essien. U remove boye for sumaila. Dauda was watching the player in the second goal, not the ball. Boye played well in the firsthalf. it his mistakes what cost us. Then u remove atsu for wakasso? Another poor decision. Look at the year atsu had with his club this or and how he played?. Wakasu barely played any games this season. AA brought in 3 subs. Only jordan did smthing better. Badu n wakaso didn’t impact the game in any way. Defence wins tournaments, but u didn’t make any changes to defence(boye). Dummy!
      AA why did u bring in Badu, wakasu n jordan. 2 mids and 1 striker. Wen uknow that defence wins tournaments. This is must win game. Uhve sumaila, acquah, essien n warris all better than boye, wakasso, Badu, jordan. In a must win game? Octopus sef predict give us, still we no fit win? Ebei aa!

  2. piotoo says:

    ooooo Jordan… You were brilliant just selfish. We could have won this game easily

  3. GHANAMAN says:

    I’m so proud of them;

  4. Bosh says:

    We told Mr. AA that Jordan is a selfish player. Now we have all seen it.
    Lucky to escape defeat

  5. Vinny says:

    Well done guys, good fight back and keep it up, respect to you all especially k Asamoah, was very effective at the left back, good timing and strength, Portugal is going down and USA is loosing tomorrow.

    • Johnny says:

      No, it’s too late. AA and Jordan have lost it for us. Even if US loses and we beat Portugal, I bet you Germany will play a drawn game with US for both to go through, with Germany winning the group on 5 points and US on 4 points. US then goes through on head-to-head rule, havinG beaten Ghana.

      AA messed up again; he is fired!

      • Geofffrey says:

        Wait. Even in your case, wouldn’t Ghana go through on goal differential? lets say we beat Portugal 1-0 we would have scored 4 goals to the United State’s 2 if they draw 0-0 with Germany and dont score against Portugal

      • Kofi says:

        The head to head is not the first tiebreaker. It’s goal difference then goals scored. So if we beat Portugal and then the US ties Portugal and loses to Germany by 2 or more, then we go through.

  6. Obi says:

    AA needs to bench Jordan. This is not a South Korean dress rehearsal. This is the real thing. We should have won the game.

  7. brento says:

    Whatever happens is good. Now bring de paper n pen n let’s do De calculations. Dnt blame Jordan, it was an individual effort though he shdve played gyan to score. Next game is a must win. We cnt play around. Ronaldo or no Ronaldo, waris is scoring n happy for De game we played

  8. Nana Kwesi says:

    is AA afraid of benching jordan,he is quite good but not matured,waris would have layed that ball to gyan,God gave us the chances and we screwed dem…AA shouldtell ghanaians he is afraid of abedi pele..always playing his kids..but dede x great…for jordan soo selfish and lazy at defending..if we dont qualify dont blame God lame ur poor management and ur ability to read games…hmmmnnn..ghanaians we deal with you.

    • FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

      If AA had not played Jordan, Nana Kwesi and his likes would have said he hated Abedi’s children. If we had beaten Germany 2-1, the cynics would have it was only 2-1.

  9. keith from germany says:

    Sabacious wer are u?u see afful?
    Afful proved u wrong.jordan seeeelfish.
    Duada surprised me waa.
    The defence was rock solid.
    Muntari good.kpb was lost.
    K.asamoah was dread.
    Portugal must bear usa.

  10. FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

    Ghana is a world class team & Dr AA a world class coach . We believe in God.

    • Ghfuo, heaven is NOT for fools says:

      AA is our problem
      AA is the one giving us all these problems. Wat did Badu come n do in this game? Mensah is the reason we didn’t conceded more goals. I don’t know why boye was even brought in in the 2half. Kpb is not committed. We don’t need him. Acquah would have hustled better. Aa is mentally constipated. Imagine kasa on the wings today. He would have gotten into the 18nuff times! We needed for go.win today. How are we going to beat Portugal with more goals? It’s possible but not easy . Boyee should have seen that Goetze had gotten inside of afful. Before the cross was sent. He went totally for wats going on from afar. Rather than paying attention to what was beside him, goetze
      We should won this game. We lost from the bench. Boye messes up against usa and u give him a start again? When I insult aa. Ppl say I’m disrespecting, but look! We are played with vigor and hustle…but aa that hardheaded coconut is why we didn’t win.
      U use kasa on the wing. U replace rabiu with acquah or essien. U remove boye for sumaila. Dauda was watching the player in the second goal, not the ball. Boye played well in the firsthalf. it his mistakes what cost us. Then u remove atsu for wakasso? Another poor decision. Look at the year atsu had with his club this or and how he played?. Wakasu barely played any games this season. AA brought in 3 subs. Only jordan did smthing better. Badu n wakaso didn’t impact the game in any way. Defence wins tournaments, but u didn’t make any changes to defence(boye). Dummy!
      AA why did u bring in Badu, wakasu n jordan. 2 mids and 1 striker. Wen uknow that defence wins tournaments. This is must win game. Uhve sumaila, acquah, essien n warris all better than boye, wakasso, Badu, jordan. In a must win game? Octopus sef predict give us, still we no fit win? Ebei aa!

  11. Kwame says:

    So proud of our boys Ghanaians have non one criticise everyone done their job and played well today even jordan played well apart from that selfish play.

  12. kojo says:

    Selfish selfish selfish Jordan. We should have won this game.

  13. sharky says:

    Why is there so much politics in Ghana football when we know the right thing to do? I thought Waris was ahead of Jordan in terms of striking options. Cos AA wants to please some people he chose not to do the right thing by bringing on Jordan who is still Amateurish and lacks maturity. His Amateurish has really cost us, cos any matured player will pass this ball for his fellow to score. If waris doesn’t kick a ball in this world cup, it will be tantamount to betrayal, favouritism and lack of sense.

  14. nii from mamprobi says:

    Why take off Prince..Prince is unselfish player with great passes. You take off Atsu for Jordan.Jordan loose guard big time….then you bring in Afriye for Muntari…Sulley was gassed….Dauda played ok but we still conceded 2 goals..Our coach cost us 4points after two games…

  15. jerry says:

    Is not gonna be easy for Ghana to qualify unless God intervene becos we got the chance to score the third goal but we blow it away so just i said unless God help us else we will be out of this competition lets all pray that Portugal beat US to make the points become even then our last match against Portugal should be do and die affair becos that game we cant let it slip on my hand else we will be out we win all the three points no draw

  16. Viper says:

    Why didn’t the defence play like this in the first match???? They were really good.It seems we have to have someone manning the posts during corner kicks.

  17. Sami says:

    Guys. Please respect these guys. Respect and honor the shit. They were glorious. May god bless Ghana and it’s folk. We are damn proud of you. I’m proud to be an African. Ghana u made my day!

  18. Jonathan says:

    AA proved he knows what he is doing. Dont blame Jordan, he is young and at that level, first instinct is to shoot especially when he saw a defender closing in on Gyan. With that said, Ghana has shown their class, and by the grace of God, a performance like this against Portugal, will see as through. FIFA always biased against african teams,they gave Goetze the man of the match, when KASA was the main man

    • nii from mamprobi says:

      My brother, what did AA prove he was right at?
      We lost a game we should have tied and tied a game we should have won. The coach is learning on the job. Hopefully we qualify and he has figured it out. We showed despite our coaching we have world class players capable of challenging for the WC. I like AA but he has disapointed me.

  19. Carlos Danger says:

    The boys did very well. I guess dauda has luck so maybe we need to keep him in post. I think kpb let us down and show not be in the game. Warris needs to start in his place. Muntari gets tired and should be subbed with badu. He could not even get his shorts up. Jordan and wakaso have no business in the game…they wasted chances. No one covered the post at the left that is why the second goal happen. Kasa needs to be in his natural role and we need to get someone in left back..maybe inkoom or Essien can step up like afful. I’m glad Adomah did not come in. .. Dede was the man of the match as he inspired his team mates to press on.

  20. Golklilie says:

    C’est bizarre ce Jordan Ayew, si c’etait un occasion de Allemagne ce sera un but.
    On parle de victoire et non de buteur ce putain Jordan.

  21. junior says:

    @Sami no one is disrespecting the players or the coach..AA is just favouring a guy who hasnt matured and that can really cost us qualification,wat if u.s.a draws with portugal..GOD FORBID…hmmn the coach has to be bold…play waris he is far better than jordan

  22. Golklilie says:

    That is why we always hard to make a good competition played for the team and not for personal striker Jordan Ayew you’re a coward

  23. lhaj says:

    AA is killing us with his substitutions.. Where is Waris? He is a good goal scorer behind Gyan.

  24. gynico says:

    d coach lost it 4 us, he shld’ve brought badu 4 rabiu n also strengthen d defence immediately we took d lead. instead he watch his opponent make d difference. may d Good Lord c us through

  25. Golklilie says:

    It’s weird that Jordan Ayew, if it was an occasion of Germany it will be a goal.
    It speaks of victory and not fucking scorer Jordan.

  26. nii from mamprobi says:

    Goalie is not problem on Defence. Its right full back and two Center backs. How can our best creative mid fielder be our best defender…Kojo Asamoah is our best player then Dede. Kasa saved the draw. Gyan..you not as sharp cuz you play in weak Arab league…you should have scored a brace….

    Bottom line is the coach is failing US. There had to be a better local coach. I believe in keeping home grown coach but this guy loose guard too much. Experimental line ups and hypothetical substitutions… aah this is not science class. What did he learn at Manchester City?

    If Portugal brings US back down to earth we can advance despite this yawa coaching…AA stop trying to out think your self…Play Prince at playmaker with Dede..put Warris in with Gyan. Jordan play only if Warris hurt. AA should find answer for those back 3 weak links in defence instead of tinkering with Goalie, Midfielders and Strikers!

  27. bisa says:

    Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf

    Match of the Day analyst

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Posted at 22:01

    “Ghana’s celebration after the second goal was a sign that they had become over-confident, they started running around more and lost organisation. That emotional attitude compromised them.”

    credit: BBC

    • nii from mamprobi says:

      If AA fails us, I would hire Seedorf. The players would respect him and he would have something to prove after his challenging turn at AC Milan. He was probably over his head but he didn’t get a chance at all. We need a strong and confident coach.

  28. Josh says:

    Getting a draw vs Germany is a miracle for your team. You should be happy and proud of your men.

    Africa has performed terribly so far, and this result is a victory not only for your country but for your entire continent.

    Enjoy your result, Ghana, it’s likely the only one you’ll get this year.

    • nii from mamprobi says:

      Dude,

      I am Ghanaian born in Philly, right now don’t tell us we should be happy!!! American fans only front running if US lose then don’t qualify will your new fans still support? We shall see! I am glad US is embracing “soccer” now but we Ghana are out to win the World Cup. Nothing else matters, our players and the nation have to overcome our organizational incompetance (gfa = ghana government (ndc or npp)). Our players are world class, but this team was clearly not disciplined in both games. Dancing Azonto then conceding goals c’mon black stars…

      • nii from mamprobi says:

        Also don’t compare Ghana to other African teams except maybe Ivory Coast. If you notice we have a different style then any other African team. We are underachieving right now. You need to worry about tomorrow and facing Portugal and Ronaldo.

  29. joel says:

    Who has AA cell phone? I want to ask him why is Jordan in Ghana team. Don’t be fool by his 3 goals in the friendly game. This is World Cup now and not friendly game!!!

  30. Tony says:

    Is this boy(Jordan) really serious at all? What!

  31. ginger says:

    What has the young man done. Leave him alone. If waris was fit and better than jordan from the coach’s view, do u think he would hav brought jordan.
    Pls ler him hav his peace. They are selected based on performance during training.

  32. Eben says:

    @boro; enough of that, if u’re criticizing Jordan for his selfishness fair enough. Why do insult his father, it’s the same man whose other son, ayew, has put on great performance in both games. I’ve lost every respect for u for attacking a man who has absolutely nothing to do with that. Why don’t you talk about the two glorious chances Asamoah gyan wasted in first half, we could’ve equally won if he had score one of those chances in the first half. What is prove that he’ll have scored even if Jordan had given him the ball, a useless striker who has one of the poorest convention rate.

  33. Zambia says:

    Ghana’s performance was perfect! And I believe we going through to the next round!

  34. dakota72 says:

    What at all do you guys want AA to prove. The ff are some of the things that can be credited to AA since he took over as head coach.
    1. He discovered very young and talented footballers to replace our aging team. In exception of dede, muntari, a gyan, essien kbp and inkoom all the players in the team are his discoveries.
    2. He threw overboard the concept of “1st eleven” which makes certain players to feel they are untouchables and used different set of players to qualify the team to the world cup.
    3. He supervised a team that was trailing Zambia by 3 points as a result of 3 free points gifted to them by FIFA to top the group by 4 points.
    4. A lot of people wrote AA off when we were drawn against Egypt bcos they had not lost a single match prior to that, but he gave Egypt the beating of their lifetime.
    So what are Ghanaians looking for

  35. dakota72 says:

    Let me also add that Ghana was the highest goal scoring team in the qualifiers