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    22.06.2014 11:33 - in: Other competitions S

    Ghana draw and keep hopes alive

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    The African nation go close to beating Germany and claim their first point in the group. They must beat Portugal – still to play USA – to stand any chance of qualifying

    After a bad start against the United States, Ghana and our man Kwadwo Asamoah bounced back with an excellent performance against favourites Germany: Löw's side even fell behind until they snatched a draw thanks to a 15th career World Cup goal from the ageless Klose.

    This match would go down as the Battle of the Boateng Brothers II but above all the game in which the Lazio striker equalled Ronaldo's all-time goalscoring record in the World Cup. Ghana were well organised, managing to attack without leaving too much space for the Germans in which to counter-attack. Yesterday's clash in Fortaleza is definitely one of the best games of the tournament so far.

    Atsu and Ayew on the flanks covered so much ground: they created chances for Gyan and Muntari, while for the opposition Özil was very lively, doing everything to find a route to goal, only to be thwarted by the terrific backline assembled by Appiah. Kwadwo once again started at left back.

    The first half ended with the scoreline goalless: it was in the second period when the fireworks began. Germany took the lead through Götze – his third goal in as many games – as he headed home Müller's perfect cross. The Germans score goals for fun and they showed it again last night: they have now scored in 19 of their last 20 World Cup group matches.

    Ghana did not let their heads drop however, levelling immediately through a wonderful header from Ayew. Appiah's side then took advantage of a momentarily shell-shocked Germany to move ahead through Gyan as he finished from Muntari's pass. It was his fifth goal in three World Cups for the Black Stars, and he joins Roger Milla as the top-scoring African player in World Cup history.

    Löw threw on Klose, typically a difference maker when it comes to the World Cup. The Lazio striker gave his coach an instant return on his gamble just when his side needed it most. He scored in typical poacher's fashion, poking the ball in from a corner barely two minutes after coming on as a substitute.

    They were to be no more goals after that despite Germany pouring forward in search of a winner: it ended 2-2 to rapturous applause from the crowd, who realised they'd been treated to something special.

    Asamoah made his 64th cap and his seventh World Cup appearance: the Bianconeri man completed 40 passes (no Ghana player managed more), touching the ball on 73 occasions (only Afful bettered that for Ghana).

    The Africans took twice as many shots as the European side (11) but it wasn't enough. The draw suits Germany – who lead the group – much more than it does Ghana, who will have to keep a close eye on USA v Portugal so they know what they need to do in their final match in Group G.

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