Germany vs. Ghana: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and 2014 World Cup Preview

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Germany vs. Ghana: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and 2014 World Cup Preview
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Germany now hold the flag as Europe's most likely World Cup challengers as they face off against a tough Ghana side in Fortaleza on Saturday.

After destroying Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, the Germans will be looking to make it two group wins on the spin.

A victory will take Joachim Low's team to the brink of qualification and almost certainly guarantee a place in the knockout rounds.

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Here is how you can catch this important Group G game:

 

When: Saturday, June 21, at 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. ET)

Where: Fortaleza, Brazil

TV: BBC1 & HD (UK only); ESPN (US only)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK only); ESPN Player (US only)

 

The Danger of Thomas Muller

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In a team full of superstars, Thomas Muller sometimes gets overlooked.

The Bayern Munich player has been on the international scene for many years but has never been given the plaudits he truly deserves. But against Portugal, the 24-year-old talent outshone Ronaldo, scoring a tremendous hat-trick.

Muller's exploits at the World Cup should be no surprise when you assess his record for the Bavarian superclub. In his 44 games for Bayern last year (10 of those appearances from the bench) the attacker hit a total of 21 goals and provided 11 assists, per WhoScored.com.

Now he has a realistic chance of winning the Golden Boot—in consecutive World Cups—and it is unlikely that Ghana will be able to stop him.

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Despite this, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho appears still not to rate Muller. The Special One was dismissive in his recent appraisal of the player after his hat-trick against the country of his birth.

He said, per FIFA.com via Yahoo Eurosport:

I would like to see Muller up against a compact defence. That would test him. Portugal were far too weak. There are plenty of teams at this World Cup who defend far better, are much tighter and better organised.

Muller is one of those attackers who is a jack of all trades but a master of none. He is not considered in the same breath in terms of skill as a Mesut Ozil or considered as great a talent as Mario Gotze.

But ultimately he is more important to Germany than both of these players and has acumen, experience and know-how on his side.

Ghana will need to defend deep to nullify Germany's 4-3-3, which can slice an opponent in half when in full operational order, but if Muller continues his form, he will make short work of ultimately an inferior opponent.

 

Can Mesut Ozil End the Season in Style?

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It has been a strange 12 months for Ozil after his big-money transfer to North London and the Premier League.

Having started positively for Arsenal in the early months of the season, which saw the Gunners streak away in the race for the championship, the player lost form and fitness, fading away fast.

An FA Cup winner's medal may have softened the blow for the midfielder, but it was a quiet end to a year that promised so much.

Ozil now has the opportunity once again to blow up his stock on the world stage in a German national team shirt, and Ghana are the perfect opponents against whom he can do this.

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Ozil will be tracked by an ageing midfield of Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari, and this will suit the little wizard. He will be afforded space in front of Ghana's back four, which might just prove lethal.

If Ozil can take control of the match early on, it is difficult to see how Germany will not win the game.

Ozil is one of the planet's most skilful individuals, and with Muller in goalscoring form, the Arsenal player could end the World Cup with a magnificent collection of assists.

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