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Will fight to death, says Boateng

Fortaleza: Having lost their first match to the USA, Ghana are desperate to make a strong comeback when they face Germany in their next match, in Fortaleza, on Saturday.

Ghana’s Berlin-born midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has turned up the heat for Saturday’s Group G match, saying Germany will not have it easy against them.

“There will be people around the pitch who want to see how the two teams fight,” the Schalke 04 star said. “Germany have got off to a great start… So they will be confident. But we will fight to the death against Germany… We won’t give them free space,” he added.

Germany top their group after Monday’s 4-0 hammering of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, while Ghana are third after their 1-2 defeat to the USA the same day.

Boateng opted to play for Ghana, the country of his father, in 2009 and will be up against his half-brother and Germany right-back Jerome Boateng.

Speaking further, the flamboyant AC Milan star said: “Germany lack characters and leaders when the going gets tough. Whenever things matter, they fail to show character.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has appealed to Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah to put him back in a more attacking role against Germany.

Asamoah, Ghana’s footballer of the year for the past two years, was devastated after the loss on Monday. The 25-year-old was used as a left-sided defender in a loose 4-2-3-1 formation that did not work. He has found it difficult to change from his normal role at Juventus as a wingback in a 3-5-2 formation.

“I’m the kind of player who attacks a lot. My style is different, I’m not a typical defender,” the Juventus midfielder said.

With World Cup survival probably hinging on Saturday’s game against an ominously strong looking Germany, Asamoah feels he is being underused.

“I attack, try to dribble one-on-one and make crosses and shots,” added Asamoah. “I’m not a left back. And I’m finding it difficult because I’d like to show what I'm capable of and show that I can do more.”

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is pretty hopeful of his team making the knockout phase despite the 1-2 defeat to United States in their opener.

“In our first game, we tried for a win or a draw and it's unfortunate we lost the game. But we have two more games to play.

“I believed we played really well and created a lot of chances, but couldn't take them. We still have two more games to play. We'll definitely do well in the next two games,” Kwesi said.

True, if Ghana do play the way they did, especially in the second half against the United States, and convert the chances, they will surely be a difficult team to beat.