Germany fight back to deny Ghanaians

14:55, Jun 22 2014
Hat-trick
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Disagreement
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Gutted
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the Group G match against Germany.
Jump
Portugal's Nani fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm.
Splash
Germany's Toni Kroos and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball.
Thanks
Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Portugal 4-0.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the US celebrates after scoring their first goal during their match against Ghana.
John Brooks
John Brooks of the US heads the ball to score a goal next to Ghana's John Boye.
US Fans
Fans of the US cheer during the Group G match against Ghana.
Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match against USA.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the US fights for the ball with Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghana takes a shot.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a pass as Ghana's John Boye and Harrison Afful close him down.
Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze celebrates scoring Germany's opener in their 2-2 draw with Ghana in Fortaleza.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring the Black Stars' second goal against Germany.
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose performs an acrobatic backflip after scoring Germany's equalising goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Mesut Ozil
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil takes on Ghana's John Boye during their 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Silvestre Varela
Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on in the dying seconds.
Tim Howard
American goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley of the United States shoots while colliding with William Carvalho of Portugal during their Group G match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the pitch during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal against Portugal.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Brazil.
Nani
Nani of Portugal (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against the United States.
Michael Bradley
United States midfielder Michael Bradley challenges Germany's Thomas Mueller during their Group G match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
Kyle Beckerman
USA's Kyle Beckerman is challenged for the ball by German midfielder Toni Kroos.
DaMarcus Beasley
Germany's Thomas Mueller (right) tackles DaMarcus Beasley as USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the sidelines.
Tim Howard
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to keep out a shot by Germany striker Thomas Mueller which put the Germans 1-0 up in Recife.
Omar Gonzalez
USA's Omar Gonzalez and team-mate Tim Howard are all smiles after their country progressed to the knockout stages.
Manuel Neuer
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer squeezes water out of his glove as he leaves the field at half-time in torrential conditions in Recife.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his country's early exit from the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner past Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and John Boye.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads the equaliser against Portugal during their Group G match in Brasilia.
John Boye
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to escape the attentions of Ghana's John Boye.
John Boye
Portugal striker Eder competes with Ghana's John Boye for possession.
John Boye
Ghana's John Boye scores an own goal during his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia.

Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw this morning despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equaliser in their highly entertaining Group G match.

Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo. Klose scored the equaliser in the 71st minute, less than two minutes after coming on, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.

The result means the United States will advance from the group if they beat Portugal tomorrow.

Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st minute, but Ghana equalised three minutes later through Andre Ayew.  Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put the Africans ahead in the 63rd minute, only to see Klose cancel out his goal.

The 36-year-old Klose is in his fourth World Cup and had been level with former Germany striker Gerd Mueller on 14 goals. Ronaldo also scored his 15th against Ghana, in 2006 in Germany.

With coach Joachim Loew preferring to play with a ''false nine'' system without a striker, Klose sat out Germany's opening 4-0 rout of Portugal. But with Ghana threatening to put a damper on Germany's hope of winning the group, Loew turned to his veteran, who provided again.  

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The draw continued Germany's habit of struggling in second matches in a tournament and left them with four points from two matches.

The result revived Ghana's hopes of progressing after their opening 2-1 loss to the United States. Ghana have one point.

Ghana gave the favored Germans a real contest in a pulsating match in the sweltering heat and humidity of Arena Castelao.

But it was Germany that took the lead.

In the 51st minute, Thomas Mueller sent a dipping cross toward Goetze, who attempted a header but the ball bounced off his left knee into the net.

Germany's lead lasted only three minutes.  Andre Ayew rose between Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi to head the equaliser inside the far post from a cross from Harrison Affu.

With the non-German side of the crowd loudly behind the Ghanaian team, the African side kept putting pressure on the favored Germans.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan beat an offside trap by Mats Hummels and Mertesacker in the 63rd minute, ran into space and fired the ball past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into the far corner to raise Ghana's hopes of an upset.

In between the first two goals, a fan ran onto the pitch waving his shirt. He did not threaten any players but shook hands with Ghana's Sulley Muntari, who escorted him off the field before he was picked up by a security official.

Ushers then moved to block stairwells leading to the pitch. 

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