Ghana on Saturday evening held Germany to a thrilling 2-2 stalemate at the Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza in their second Group G game of the FIFA World Cup.
The first 45 minutes of the game seemed to be dreary after it failed to produce any goal. But it was Joachim Löw’s men who drew first blood when midfielder Mario Götze headed home a Thomas Müller cross in the 52nd minutes to put Die Mannschaft in front.
The Black Stars quickly responded through an André Ayew perfect header 2 minutes later to draw Ghana on level pegging following an excellent in-swinger from right-back Harrison Afful.
The game seemed to be even as both sides maintained a good spell of possession. Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan put the Black Stars in front with a perfect finish in the 63rd minute after receiving a nice through pass from Sulley Muntari to slot in a powerful drive with his right foot. His fifth at the World Cup. A goal which equaled Cameroon’s Roger Miller’s record at the World Cup.
Ghana raised their momentum after that goal and could have cushioned their lead when substitute Jordan Ayew took on his markers only for him to shoot straight into the arms of Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 68th minute.
Germany finally got their much needed equalizer in the 70th minutes when striker Miroslav Klose, who came on as a substitute, tapped in from close range to make it 2-2 after the Ghana defense failed to clear their lines following a corner kick from Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Although the Europeans pushed forward in search for the winner, the gallant defensive pair of the Black Stars made up of John Boye and Jonathan Mensah stood their grounds as they clear their lines in the latter stages of the game.
After 90 plus 3 minutes of additional time Brazilian referee Sandro Meira Ricci blew his final whistle to bring proceedings to an end.
The Black Stars will now have to expect positive results in the game between the USA and Germany and also go ahead to defeat the Portuguese in their last game, which will be played on June 26th to enhance their chances of qualifying to the next round of the competition.