Germany 2:2 Ghana
There was a feeling that perhaps Ghana are too good to be under-estimated and they proved it here in a thrilling match with a touch of everything. Christian Atsu didn’t have a killer influence but he wasn’t far away and was at the heart of everything inspirational Ghana did.
It has to be said that nothing happened in the first-half at all. Germany were slightly in awe of Atsu’s pace and kept their full-backs fully back to cover Ghana’s wide movement and runs. The result was a stalemate. Atsu had the best effort of the half with a shot that Neuer push round at a stretch.
Mario Götze gave the Germans the lead against the run of play heading a Müller cross in off his own knee.
Ghana didn’t blink. First they equalised as Andrew Ayew headed home a cross and then they took the lead. A cutting through ball found Asamoah Gyan to slip the ball home.
Miroslav Klose scored his record equalling 15th goal at World Cup finals to bring an equaliser on the day as both sides pressed for a win there was a healthy ebb and flow but no clear or decisive chances.
Christian Atsu lit up the game until his 70th-minute substitution. We hope a place can be found for him as a regular sub for next season. To bring on that verve as teams tire against us would be a brilliant new weapon. The probability is he’ll be on loan to iron out some of the rough edges. – teaching him to look up and find a colleague could be a place to start.
Andre Schürrle spent the game on the bench so couldn’t add the assist he managed in Germany’s easy opener against Portugal.
Ghana will have to beat the hapless Portuguese to progress but with the spirit in this camp we wouldn’t bet against them.