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Ghana
0
 
1
Germany
 0-1M. Özil  60'
HT: 0-0
Soccer City (Attendance: 83,391)
Referee: Carlos Eugenio Simon
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Ghana vs. Germany
Minute Commentary
94' FULL-TIME
Germany's 1-0 win sends them through as Group D winners to set up a tasty tie with England in the second round. Ghana also progress thanks to Australia's 2-1 win over Serbia, and will fancy their chances against USA in the last-16 as they carry the torch for the host continent. Both of these teams have obvious defensive deficiencies coupled with quality going forward, which made for an entertaining evening, but could be a combination that sees them struggle to make a return to this stadium for the final in 18 days time. It finished Germany 1-0 Ghana.
93' THE WHISTLE GOES
It's all over in Soccer City and Germany have won 1-0.
92' PETERING OUT
Ghana are out on their feet after giving everything in a game that they really should have got something out of. Any quality in their finishing and they could have stunned Germany here, but as it stands both of these teams are going through.
90' STOPPAGE TIME
There are three minutes left for Ghana to grab a goal that could prove vital!
87' GHANA ON THE BRINK
A goal for Ghana would change everything, but it looks as if their race is run here, leaving their fate in the hands of Serbia's recovery against Australia. Fans around the ground are nervously checking the other score as things start to get really tense in Group D.
85' DRAMA IN NELSPRUIT
Serbia have pulled one back against Australia and have had another disallowed. An equaliser for the Europeans would send them through instead of Ghana. This group is still hanging in the balance!
84' WILD SHOT
Jansen goes for a speculative shot and can only find the crowd behind the goal.
82' THE HOPES OF A CONTINENT
Ghana are playing for the whole of Africa here, and unless there are a couple of late goals then they will progress to the knock-out stages, where a winnable second round tie with the USA awaits.
79' CH-CH-CHANGES
Ozil makes way for Kroos, while Ghana's top-scorer in qualifying, Amoah, comes on for Gyan.
76' GHANA PRESSURE
It's wave after wave of white-shirted attacks as Ghana go in search of a goal that would send them top and relieve the concern of being pipped to qualification by Australia.
73' BACK TO NELSPRUIT
It's completely undeserved, but the Socceroos are two up and starting to give Ghana a few nerves.
72' GERMANY CHANGE
Boateng makes way, with Jansen coming on in his place at left-back.
70' NELSPRUIT UPDATE
Unbelievably it's Australia who have taken the lead completely against the run of play. That leaves both Germany and Ghana going through as it stands, with Serbia unluckily finishing bottom of the group and Australia missing out on goal difference.
69' DESPERATE MEASURES
Ghana are becoming more and more desperate, but are starting to shoot far more from distance, and their chances of finding the back of the net appear less likely if they continue going down that route.
67' GERMANY SUB
Muller is replaced by the talented Trochowski in central midfield, but that won't make Germany any less offensive, the Hamburg playmaker is a class act.
66' DEFLECTED OVER THE BAR
Lahm saves Germany with a wonderful diving block. Ayew's shot appears destined for the back of the net, but the right-back's last-ditch effort sends the ball looping over the bar.
64' CHANGE FOR GHANA
Controversial midfielder Muntari comes on in place of Tagoe.
62' UPPING THE TEMPO
Ghana have been superb all evening, but now face the very real chance of crashing out of the tournament, and are already throwing bodies forward in real numbers in search of an equaliser that they deserve.
60' MORE ON THAT GOAL
There have been many better chances in the game, but Ozil's goal was a fitting opener for such an entertaining game. The talented midfielder had a lot to do when he picked the ball up on the edge of the D, but his first touch controlled the ball well, and his second rasped into the top corner. It's a wonderful goal and Germany are going through as Group D winners as it stands.
59' GOOAAALLL!!!
Ozil scores for Germany - and it's a stunning strike. 1-0!
56' THE SOUND OF SOUTH AFRICA
It was a bit of a shock to hear singing and chanting in England's win over Slovenia earlier... but I'm pleased to say that the vuvuzela orchestra is back in full force at Soccer City, providing that beautiful underlying drone that has become the sound of South Africa 2010.
53' QUIET SPELL
The furious pace of this game has just slipped slightly over the last five minutes as Germany keep possession in the centre of the park.
50' ANOTHER GREAT CHANCE!
Asamoah bursts clean through on the keeper, but fails to make a good connection with his shot and Neuer saves. How on earth is this game still 0-0?!!!
48' PAINTSIL PANICS
The defender should clear comfortably, but slices the ball horribly behind him and is relieved to see it run out for just a corner, with a host of black shirts ready to pounce.
46' RISING SHOT
Podolski ensures the game carries on where it left off, having a decent attempt on goal that rises just over the bar. It was an impressive hit but never looked like staying low enough to trouble Kingson.
46' SECOND HALF
Germany get the second 45 underway in Johannesburg.
45' HALF TIME
It's half time at Soccer City as Ghana get in their customary huddle before disappearing down the tunnel. It's 0-0, but could just as easily be 2-2 as there have been a hatful of chances missed at both ends. All we're missing here is goals!
44' GHANA EDGING IT
The group leaders are just about the better side so far, although both teams have had good chances to take the lead.
42' ANOTHER YELLOW
Muller dives in with little chance of winning the ball and hauls down Mensah, earning him a deserved booking.
40' SHOULD HAVE SCORED!
Schweinsteiger's ball into the box is perfectly weighted, but Mertesacker fails to make contact with his header. Any touch there and it would have caused Kingson all sorts of problems. As it is, the keeper parries and Kevin Prince Boateng clears.
39' YELLOW CARD
Ayew gets booked for a lunging tackle on Cacau. He did win the ball, so a booking is probably a little harsh, but it was a foul.
38' NELSPRUIT UPDATE
Serbia are ripping Australia to pieces in the other game, but as of yet their finishing has been equally profligate to what we've seen here at Soccer City. That's good news for these two teams, because as it stands they will both be going through.
36' OVER THE BAR
Khedira gets picked out in the box, but can't keep his header down and Kingson watches it sail over the bar.
35' CONTROVERSIAL REPLAYS
Television replays show that Lahm's goal-line clearance involved the Germany skipper using his arm. If the officials had seen that then it would have been a penalty and a red card.
33' BOATENG GOES CLOSE
Gyan whips in a cross and Boateng - the Kevin Prince one - glances a header across goal. It goes wide of the far post, but could also have found either of two white shirts had they gambled on making a run.
32' MUCH MORE LIVELY
After such a lukewarm start, this game has exploded into life, with both teams creating chances virtually every time they get into the final third.
30' KINGSON INVOLVED AGAIN
Khedira flicks a cross into the box and Cacau does well to get a shot on target with the ball arriving behind him. However, Kingson is a solid keeper and gets down quickly to his left to claim the ball.
28' CLEVER THINKING
Gyan picks the ball up out on the right and is given time to whip in a cross. He instead goes for a cheeky shot at the near post, but Neuer isn't caught out and makes the save.
26' OFF THE LINE
Gyan's angled header from a Boateng catches Neuer stranded, but Lahm comes to Germany's rescue and clears the ball off the line. Both teams are carving out really dangerous goal-scoring chances, and surely it's only a matter of time before one of them breaks the deadlock.
24' WONDERFUL SAVE!
Ozil is clean through and bearing down on the keeper! He takes his time and looks to slide the ball around Kingson, but the Ghanaian stands firm and makes a top-class save. This game has well and truly come alive in the last few minutes!
23' WIDE OPEN AT THE BACK
Ayew is almost gifted a goal as Germany's defence falls apart. However, the midfielder dallies too long and the ball is bundled off him before he can pick his spot. Best chance of the game so far that!
20' FORWARD FORAY
Lahm bursts forward from right-back and bears down on the Ghana defence, but is well shepherded away from goal by Mensah and any chance of a cross or a shot disappears.
18' VISIBLE TENSION
A lot is resting on this result, and that's showing in both teams' cautious approach to the start of the game. Neither has been willing to go too gung-ho and leave chances on the break.
15' WILDLY AMBITIOUS
A deep cross into the area picks out Podolski, but rather than head it back across the area or bring it down and carve out a shooting opportunity, the forward goes for a volley. If that had gone in from there it would have been one of the greatest ever World Cup goals... but he barely even managed to make contact.
14' A TAD OPTIMISTIC
Gyan tries to make amends with a shot from miles out, but unsurprisingly he can't keep his effort down and it rises over the bar.
13' PICK OF THE CHANCES
Ghana have exploded into life and almost carve out a golden chance. Ayew picks up the ball on the left of the area and threads a pass through to Gyan, but the striker is closed down before he can get a shot away.
10' PATIENT START
It's hardly been a humdinger at Soccer City so far, but Germany look the more lively when they do venture forward.
8' ALMOST AN OWN GOAL!
Jonathan almost diverts a Podolski cross into the bottom corner of his own net, but Kingson is alive to the danger and gets down sharply to turn the ball behind. Ozil and Podolski have linked up well down the left for Germany so far.
5' HAPPY FAMILIES
The Boateng brothers - who are of course lining up on opposite sides at Soccer City tonight - have apparently not spoken for over a month, ever since Jerome criticised 'the Prince' for his tackle on Ballack in the FA Cup final.
4' REGULAR UPDATES
We'll be bringing you regular updates from the game between Serbia and Australia in Nelspruit, which will be of key interest to both of these teams.
3' WORTH A GO
Caucau has little in the way of support up-front so opts to test Kingson with a shot from a tight angle. The striker's pace is already looking likely to cause Ghana's defence some problems, but his end-product will need to be more threatening than that.
1' KICK-OFF
Ghana get the game underway and immediately go on the attack. The best performing African side of the tournament are kitted out in an all-white kit, while Germany will fittingly act out their role as potential party-spoilers dressed head to toe in black.
0' THE LINE-UPS
The two Boatengs both start. Cacau comes in for Klose up top for Germany, while Mensah returns from injury for Ghana.
0' THE ANTHEMS
The teams are out at Soccer City, and with the anthems done and dusted it's time for the big kick-off. Can't wait for this one!
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Coach Joachim Low has hinted he may make a few changes to Germany's starting line-up. Miroslav Klose is definitely out due to suspension and is likely to be replaced by Stuttgart striker Cacau. Ghana's John Mensah (calf) and Issac Vorsah (knee) have both returned to training after missing the 1-1 draw with Australia. Midfielder Sulley Muntari remains in the squad after apologising to Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac for his angry outburst at the end of the game against the Socceroos in Rustenburg.
0' PREVIEW
Germany, who started their World Cup campaign with an emphatic 4-0 win over Australia, could be eliminated if they fail to beat Ghana in Johannesburg. The Germans must target all three points against the Black Stars at Soccer City because a draw will only see them reach the knock-out stage if Serbia fail to win against Australia in the other Group D match.
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Teams
Ghana
(4-3-3)
Richard Kingson22
John Paintsil4
John Mensah5
Jonathan Mensah8
Hans Sarpei2
Kevin-Prince Boateng23
Anthony Annan6
Kwadwo Asamoah21
64' Prince Tagoe12
82' Asamoah Gyan3
40' 90' Andre Ayew13
Substitutes
Daniel Kofi Agyei1
Stephen Aholu16
Samuel Inkoom7
Lee Addy19
64' Sulley Ali Muntari11
Quincy Jaime Owusu-Abeyie20
Stephen Appiah10
Derek Boateng9
90' Dominic Adiyiah18
82' Matthew Amoah14
Rahim Abdul Ayew17
Germany
(4-2-3-1)
1Manuel Neuer
16Philipp Lahm
3Arne Friedrich
17Per Mertesacker
20Jerome Boateng 73'
6Sami Khedira
7Bastian Schweinsteiger 81'
13Thomas Müller 43' 68'
8Mesut Özil 60' 
10Lukas Podolski
19 Cacau
Substitutes
22Hans-Jorg Butt
12Tim Wiese
5Serdar Tasci
4Dennis Aogo
14Holger Badstuber
2Marcell Jansen 73'
18Toni Kroos 81'
15Piotr Trochowski 68'
21Marko Marin
9Stefan Kiessling
23Mario Gómez
Team Stats
Ghana Germany
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 1
17 Shots 13
5 Shots on Goal 6
4 Saves 5
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
14 Crosses 27
4 Corner Kicks 7
3 Offsides 4
11 Fouls Committed 5
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
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Ghana
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
22R. Kingson - 0 0 1 4
2H. Sarpei 0 0 0 - -
3A. Gyan 0 0 0 - -
4J. Paintsil 0 0 0 - -
5J. Mensah 0 0 0 - -
6A. Annan 0 0 0 - -
8J. Mensah 0 0 0 - -
12P. Tagoe 0 0 0 - -
13A. Ayew 0 1 0 - -
21K. Asamoah 0 0 0 - -
23K. Boateng 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
11S. Muntari 0 0 0 - -
14M. Amoah 0 0 0 - -
18D. Adiyiah 0 0 0 - -

Germany
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1M. Neuer - 0 0 0 5
3A. Friedrich 0 0 0 - -
6S. Khedira 0 0 0 - -
7B. Schweinsteiger 0 0 0 - -
8M. Özil 1 0 0 - -
10L. Podolski 0 0 0 - -
13T. Müller 0 1 0 - -
16P. Lahm 0 0 0 - -
17P. Mertesacker 0 0 0 - -
19 Cacau 0 0 0 - -
20J. Boateng 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
2M. Jansen 0 0 0 - -
15P. Trochowski 0 0 0 - -
18T. Kroos 0 0 0 - -
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SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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