The Telegraph
Sunday , June 22 , 2014
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Four goals in thriller

Miroslav Klose does a flip after scoring Germany’s equaliser, against Ghana, on Saturday. Klose, who came in as a substitute, thus equalled Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup goals

Fortaleza: Ghana played out a creditable 2-2 draw with Germany, in a thrilling Group G encounter of the World Cup, on Saturday.

The result enabled Ghana, who were leading 2-1 at one stage, to register their first point in this edition’s Cup. Germany are the group leaders with four points. The Germans took the lead in the 51st minute courtesy Mario Goetze.

But Ghana replied in superb fashion three minutes later as Andre Ayew headed home the equaliser from the edge of the six-yard box.

But there was more drama to come.

In the 63rd minute, Asamoah Gyan latched on to a wonderful ball from Sulley Muntari, found himself with lots of space and fired it past Manuel Neuer.

The wonderful finish gave Ghana an unexpected 2-1 lead against the mighty Germans.

Joachim Loew immediately made a double change as he introduced the experienced pair of Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger in place of Goetze and Sami Khedira.

The move paid off as Klose got the faintest of touches to push it in after Benedict Howedes nodded the ball goalwards off a corner.

The 70th minute strike did not only make it 2-2 for Germany, it also gave Klose his 15th World Cup goal, thus equalling the record of Brazil’s Ronaldo.

Earlier, a well-drilled Ghana nullified Germany’s potent attack to keep out the favourites while causing problems for Loew’s backline in a lively but goalless first half.

Just as at the World Cup in 2010, the Boateng half-brothers played against each other, with Jerome starting for Germany and Kevin-Prince for Ghana.

Defender Per Mertesacker won his 100th cap for Germany.