Germany meet Ghana on Saturday in Fortaleza with both teams seeking the same outcome on the day but with varying consequences.
Having been defeated by the United States in their opening match, following a late goal from defender John Brooks, the Black Stars are on the brink of elimination. With Germany and Portugal to come, the prognosis doesn’t look good, and the West Africans will be desperate to avoid a second consecutive defeat.
For Germany, however, a victory would represent expert navigation of an exceptionally difficult group. They dazzled against Portugal and will seek to seal qualification against the Black Stars.
These are the tactical battles that will shape the meeting between Joachim Low and Kwesi Appiah’s sides.