Germany held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana, while Nigeria increase their chance defeating Bosnia
by Nick D
Jun 21, 2014 10:15 PM EDT
Germany failed to confirm their place in the final 16 after a 2-2 draw against Ghana. The Germans and the African side would both score two goals each in the second half to walk away with a point a piece.
Ozil not influencing the match as he did in 2010 when Germany beat Ghana 1-0 as this time it finished in a 2-2 draw
Germany started off slightly stronger of the two teams, as they took control of the possession early on in the game. Though it was Ghana that would have the first chance at goal as Atsu would try his luck from distance. As Germany presses up the pitch they would be caught light in the back line after losing possession in the centre of the pitch. Ghana countered quick and Atsu found himself open about 20 yards out. He blasted in a thunderous shot but Neuer was ready for the strike and blocked it well. The next chance fell to Germany as Khedira looked to replicate Ghana's earlier strike as he ran on to the ball that was fed to him by Ozil. His low driven shot, from just outside the top of the box, lacked power and was easily held by the keeper. The rest of the half saw a seesaw battle between the two teams as Germany looked to try and secure their place in the knockout round. Ghana on the other hand were looking for revenge on Germany after they beat them 1-0 back in South Africa 2010. The half would come to an end with both teams deadlocked and Germany not looking as strong as they did against Portugal.
Ghana would go into the halftime break still with a chance to get a result from the match
The second half would be a much different game as both sides opened up and tried to break the deadlock. Joachim Low had seen enough and decided to make a change just as the second half kicked off. He would bring on Mustafi for Boateng, hoping to have an impact on Germany's attacking play. The move paid off as Germany would take the lead in the 51st minute. A good passage of passing saw Muller end up with the ball wide on the right side. He looked up and spotted Gotze's run into the centre of the box and picked out the midfielder perfectly. Gotze managed to get in between the two defenders and headed home from close range. 1-0 and the German fans erupted inside the stadium.
Gotze opened the scoring with a good run into the box after Muller picked him out with pinpoint accuracy
Ghana didn't put their heads down and managed to fight back and equalise only minutes later. Ayew would break loose as the German defence was caught napping. He would make a strong run into the box and head Afful's cross into the left side of the goal, as Ghana levelled the playing field. Though Ghana weren't done yet as they managed to take the lead only 9 minutes later. This time a mistake by the German midfield saw them give up possession to Muntari. He would find Gyan unmarked, who then sprinted past the defence and into the box. He would then cooly wait for the keeper to make his move and then fired home past the keeper and into the back of the net. 2-1 and Ghana looking to turn the group upside down and deal Germany an unlikely defeat.
Ghana celebrate as they take the lead against the Germans in the 63rd minute
The game though wasn't over yet as the hard working Germans would be rewarded as the veteran striker and substitute Miroslav Klose would earn the Germans a share of the spoils as he equalised in the 71st minute. The corner was whipped in twoards the back post and this time the Ghana defenders did not pick up Klose who steered the ball into the net from almost a yard out. 2-2 as both teams would share the points and still need to get a result from their final game to ensure progress in the tournament.
Miroslav Klose would turn hero for the Germans as he got them back on level terms and salvaged a point from the match
Nigeria managed to secure their first win after they managed to defeat Bosnia & Hercegovina 1-0. A first half Odemwingie goal was enough to secure maximum points for the African side. The match kicked off to a great attacking pace by both teams as they both looked to register their first three points of the campaign. The first half saw end to end action as Nigeria and Bosnia both pressed high up the pitch and looked to pressure the other side. Dzeko was always dangerous and needed to be marked closely. He actually thought he had scored in the 22nd minute but the offside flag would deny the Manchester City striker from opening his World Cup goal campaign. Pjanic too would also have a few shots as he tested the keeper from distance with some thunderous shots. The keeper was well positioned and managed to block both efforts. The game though exploded into action as Nigeria would take the lead in the 30th minute after Nigeria countered with pace. Emenike would make a strong push down the right side as he outmuscled the defender and then squared the ball back to Odemwingie who made no mistakes as he buried the ball through the legs of Begovic. Bosnia complained that Emenike had fouled Spahic but it would fall on deaf ears as the goal would stand. 1-0 at halftime and plenty still left to play for.
Odemwingie would give Nigeria the lead as Bosnia once again were forced to chase the game.
The second half saw Bosnia come out of the gates with all guns blazing as they looked for a way to get themselves back into this match. Nigeria changed their tactics up too as they slowed the tempo down and defended well as Bosnia did enjoy a lot of possession early on. Though all that possession was to no use as Nigeria limited their chances at goal. Bosnia changed their lineup as they brought on another striker knowing that if they lose they will be out of the tournament. This did hurt them defensively as Nigeria started to enjoy more possession and push Bosnia back into their own half. Emenike was causing all sorts of trouble to Spahic as the Bosnian captain was being outmuscled and out ran by the Nigerian. He almost had a chance to seal the deal in the 61 st minute after a great run past the defence and just had the keeper to beat. Begovic made himself big and managed to block the toe poke attempt. Bosnia on the back foot as they struggled to find a way past the midfield and create an opportunity on goal. In the end the Nigerians were too strong for the European side and would walk away with all three points and send Bosnia out of their first World Cup.
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