Germany vs Ghana: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

Ghana face a stern test as they come up against a rampant German outfit. This tie also divides the Boateng family down the middle, as Germany’s Jerome Boateng comes up against his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng, who will be playing for Ghana.

The match kicks off at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST, and for viewers in USA, this is where the match can be watched –

English language: ESPN and WatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee –

Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

Starting lineups –

Germany: Neuer – Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Höwedes – Lahm, Khedira – Özil, Kroos, Götze – Müller

Ghana: Dauda – Afful, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah – Muntari, Rabiu, Atsu, Boateng – Andre Ayew, Gyan

Germany –

After demolishing Portugal in their opening fixture, the ruthless Germans will come out hungry for more as they will be aiming to make it 2 wins in 2 games. With several of the top teams already clinching their place in the Round of 16, Germany will want to do the same tonight itself, rather than taking things into the final group game against USA.

Ghana –

They were outdone by the United States at the death last time. Their realistic target would now be aiming for that 2nd qualifying spot in the group, but their task is not made any more easier against Germany.

Statistics –

The efficiency of the Germans, which has been worked on and perfected by manager Joachim Loew, was on show against Portugal as out of the 6 chances they created, they dispatched 4 of them in the back of the net. This is in stark contrast of Ghana, who scored just once in the 18 chances they created.

Also, 67% (or every 2 shots out of 3) for Germany were on target against Portugal, while Ghana were languishing behind against USA with an abysmal shooting accuracy of just 19%.

Men to watch out for –

Thomas Muller helped himself to a hat-trick to get his Golden Boot defense off to a flying start, and will be looking to add to his tally tonight. Apart from the Bayern Munich striker, Ghana will also have to contend with the threat of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in midfield.

Germany’s main strength lies in its strong, sublime and pacy midfield, and the task to halt them will rest majorly on the shoulders of Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Prediction –

Judging by the relative ease with which Germany put Portugal to sword, I expect yet another strong performance from them and in the process, seeing a handful of goals and ultimately, 3 points for them.

Germany 3-0 Ghana

18 thoughts on “Germany vs Ghana: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread”

  1. Ghana pouring it on. Look a much different team than the other night. Those 3 points for team USA are looking like gold dust more and more.

    But as Garry Lineker said once, “football is a game played by 22 men for ninety minutes after which time the Germans always win”.

    1. Lineker also wore an Italian shirt yesterday in an attempt to prolong England’s misery.
      Germany will wear Ghana down. They always do.

  2. Nightmare scenario brewing for USA. The last thing they need is Germany needing to get something out of the final game.

  3. Right now , France is looking the best team at this World Cup. What a tournament. Similar to 2002. Nobody is having it their own way. In a way I’m glad England are out as I can now really enjoy it.

  4. I know everyone is supposed to have wanted Germany to win, but this way US clinch with a win Sunday and then only need a draw vs GER to win the group. And a draw would work just fine for Germany in that scenario too – 5 points would be enough to advance

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