World Cup pre-game: Germany vs. Ghana
Ghana needs strong performance to stay alive
Group G: Germany vs. Ghana
- 3 p.m. ET, Saturday June 21
- CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
Germany dominated Portugal in the opener, and they look all-but certain to lock up Group G. But Ghana is no walkover.
Ghana had 59 per cent possession against USA, but couldn’t capitalize on many chances. They need to be much more effective against a stronger opponent.
Germany: Thomas Müller. He’s is a scoring machine. Müller has the only hat-trick of the tournament so far. And he’s deadly inside the box.
Ghana: Asamoah Gyan. He scored against USA in their opener, and four years ago he scored the game-winner to knock the Americans out of 2010. So he’s a big-game player. And the Black Stars will need him to play another big game.
What to watch for
Germany will be without key defender and goal scorer Mats Hummels due to injury. But Die Mannschaft have tremendous depth at every position, and will take on Ghana with confidence.
Ghana was rocked by a very early goal in their opener against the USA. They want to find their own rhythm from the opening whistle.
For the second straight World Cup, this match features two brothers going head-to-head: Germany's Jérôme Boateng faces his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng, who plays for Ghana. Jérôme has an injured thumb and will wear a splint for the game.
Germany won both previous matches against Ghana: 6-1 in 1993 and 1-0 in the group stage of 2010.
They said it
“We have to prepare for a very difficult game. They have a lot of quality." — Per Mertesacker speaking about his team’s preparations for Ghana.
"We had a lot of the ball and created a lot of chances. We didn't make the most of our chances, but USA took theirs." — Kwesi Appiah, manager of Ghana, speaking to FIFA.com.
The big number
8 — Thomas Muller has eight goals on nine shots over the last two World Cup tournaments. The Black Stars will have to find a way to shut him down.
Obligatory fun fact
A stand-out midfielder for his national and club teams, Bastian Schweinsteiger was a very promising basketball player as a young man. Germany is also the tallest team at the World Cup, averaging 6' 2" or 185 cm.