Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelão, Fortaleza, 21.06.2014
Götze 51., Klose 71. / A. Ayew 54., Gyan 63.
After the emphatic 4-0 hammering of Portugal, Germany were brought back down to earth in Fortaleza against a skillful and determined Ghana outfit. Things looked easy enough after Mario Götze opened the scoring just after half-time, but two goals for the Africans in the space of ten minutes threatened to turn the form book completely on its head.
Die Mannschaft had beaten Ghana by a single Mesut Özil goal in the group stage four years before in South Africa, but this time they had to make do with a point. The saviour was old hand Miroslav Klose, who came off the bench to net the equaliser after less than two minutes on the pitch. It was the veteran striker’s fifteenth goal in World Cup finals, bringing him level with Brazil’s Ronaldo.
Germany: Neuer – Boateng (46. Mustafi), Mertesacker, Hummels, Höwedes – Lahm (c) – Khedira (69. Schweinsteiger), Kroos – Özil, Götze (69. Klose), Müller
Ghana: Dauda – Afful, Boye, Jonathan Mensah , Asamoah – Rabiu, Muntari – Atsu, K.-P. Boateng (53. J. Ayew), A. Ayew – Gyan (c)
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistants: Emerson de Carvalho, Marcelo van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth Official: Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
Fifth Official: Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)
Yellow Cards: – / Muntari 90.+3.
Red Cards: – / –
Ball Possession: 59% / 41%
Attempts on Target: 6 / 10
Attempts off Target: 5 / 10
Corners: 7 / 3
Fouls Committed: 11 / 16
Man of the Match: Mario Götze