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23rd-Jun-2014

Germany and Ghana play 2-2 draw

By Agency

Germany and Ghana traded blows in a pulsating 2-2 tie in Fortaleza on Saturday. The result leaves Germany at the top of Group G with four points from two games; a win for the United States against Portugal in Manaus would give the Americans sole possession of top spot.
After a torpid first half of patient German possession and quick Ghanaian counterattacks, the game sprang to life in the 51st minute, when Mario Gotze capped a long run to head home Thomas Muller's fine cross. The Germans had barely finished celebrating when Ghana pulled level; Andre Ayew rose above a static German defense to head past Manuel Neuer in the 54th minute.
The Black Stars took a shock lead in the 63rd minute, after Sulley Muntari broke up some sloppy German play in their own midfield to send a pass to Asamoah Gyan. The striker raced in on goal, took one touch to control the ball and another to fire it past the outstretched fingertips of Manuel Neuer.
But Germany Coach Joachim Low had an ace up his sleeve: the veteran striker Miroslav Klose. Germany won a corner, and Klose's first action was to pop up at the far post to poke home a loose ball that flashed across the goalmouth. The goal was Klose's 15th in World Cup finals play, tying him with Brazil's Ronaldo as the all-time leading scorer. He also became the third player to score in four tournaments alongside Pele and Germany's Uwe Seeler.
Both teams had chances in a frenetic finale, but neither could provide a winner. The result left Germany with four points and Ghana still alive in Group G.
Germany now faces the United States in Recife on June 26. Ghana will travel to Brasilia to play Portugal.