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Ghana hold Germany to thrilling 2-2 draw

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Text by Peter BERLIN

Latest update : 2014-06-22

Ghana and Germany drew 2-2 in Fortaleza in an exhilarating match Saturday, with the result lifting Germany a point clear at the top of Group G.

In an end-to-end thriller, Ghana had Germany on the ropes at 2-1 before striker Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th World Cup goal and salvage a draw.

After a cautious first half, Mario Götze gave tournament favourites Germany the lead with a header in the 51st minute, but Ghana’s André Ayew replied with a header three minutes later. Asamoah Gyan then put Ghana ahead with a rasping drive.

Bu in the 71st minute, Klose poked in the equaliser.

"It doesn't matter whether I play from the start or come off the bench: all games are important and 15 goals in 20 World Cup games isn't bad," the Lazio striker said afterward.

Both teams had chances in a frantic final 10 minutes, but neither could score again.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer told the press after the match that the draw was a sobering one after the show-stopping defeat of Portugal. "We let Ghana back into the game through mistakes. We gifted them goals. You can't allow that in the World Cup. The result against Portugal was too beautiful, we've got our feet back on the ground now."

The draw continued Germany’s habit of struggling in second matches in a tournament and left it with four points from two matches. Germany, who are top of the group with four points, after hammering Portugal 4-0 in their opening fixture, face the United States in their final group match in Recife on Thursday, while Ghana, with one point, play Portugal in Brasilia.

The result also means the US would advance from the group if it beats Portugal on Sunday.

Relive the action as it happened on FRANCE 24’s blog below.

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Date created : 2014-06-21

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