World FootballDownload App

Germany vs. Ghana: Live Player Ratings

Germany's Thomas Mueller celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Matthias Schrader/Associated Press
Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2014

Germany and Ghana played an electric second half to end at 2-2 in the second game of play for both sides at the World Cup.

Mario Gotze opened the scoring for Germany before Ghana countered back with two of their own from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan.

Miroslav Klose equalized in the 71st minute to hand both sides a point. 

Below are comprehensive player ratings and analysis from this Group G showdown.

Germany Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Manuel Neuer6.56
Benedikt Howedes66.5
Mats Hummels66
Per Mertesacker66
Jerome Boateng5.55.5
Philipp Lahm77
Sami Khedira66
Mesut Ozil77.3
Toni Kroos6.57.5
Mario Gotze6.77
Thomas Muller6.76.5
Shkodran MustafiN/A6
Bastian SchweinsteigerN/A7
Miroslav KloseN/A7
B/R UK

Half-time Analysis: 

Manuel Neuer: Did well when called upon with two saves, including one on the long shot from Muntari. His run off his line two minutes after the shot forced Gyan to knock the ball out of play. 

Benedikt Howedes: Was fairly quiet with just 33 touches and 18 attempted passes. 

Mats Hummels: Did not have much to do in the back with just two tackles and one effective clearance. 

Per Mertesacker: Completed 95 percent of his 38 passes out of the back for the team that dominated possession throughout the half. 

Jerome Boateng: Was beat to a header by Ayew late in the half that allowed Ghana to earn a corner. 

Philipp Lahm: Just like he always does, he created plenty of chances moving forward with excellent passes from his midfield position. 

Sami Khedira: With most of his teammates playing well in midfield, his presence on the pitch was drowned out. 

Mesut Ozil: Has been one of the most effective players in attack for Germany, and he has been able to shift over to the left wing on a few occasions. 

Toni Kroos: His shot in the 11th minute was deflected away by a Ghanian defender. He tried again to challenge Dauda in the 26th minute, but his shot flew high over the goal. 

Mario Gotze: His shot in the 37th minute fell right into the arms of Dauda. 

Thomas Muller: Showed how unselfish he can be with a beautiful backheel pass to Kroos early in the half. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Neuer: Came up big on a few occasions in the second half to keep the game at a stalemate. 

Howedes: His flick-on in the 71st minute handed Klose the opportunity to tap in the second goal. 

Hummels: Dealt with the speed of Gyan to the best of his abilities late in the game when Ghana looked to score a late winner on the counter. 

Mertesacker: His lack of pace was exploited by Gyan on the second Ghana goal. 

Boateng: Was replaced at the half by Mustafi as the Germans looked for a bigger impact moving forward from the full-backs. 

Lahm: Was the motor of the German midfield for the entire match. His excellent skills in the passing department helped set up numerous German chances. 

Khedira: Made just 64 touches and completed 80 percent of his passes in 70 minutes on the pitch. 

Ozil: Made four key passes, but he did not record a single shot in a match that was calling for his influence in front of net. 

Kroos: Completed 90 percent of his 99 passes as he directed the German attack from the midfield. 

Gotze: Scored on a header in the 51st minute after a terrific pass from Muller. His other shot in the match was on target as well. 

Muller: Ended the match with just one shot, which was not on target. 

Substitutes: 

Shkodran Mustafi: Failed to get off the ground to challenge the header by Ayew on the first Ghana goal. 

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Helped provide a spark in the German attack after his team were caught out by the first Ghana goal. 

Miroslav Klose: Tied Ronaldo as the all-time leading scorer at the World Cup with his 71st-minute goal at the far post off a corner. Had a chance in the 90th minute to score a second, but his shot skated off to the right. 

 

Ghana Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Fatau Dauda6.56
Harrison Afful66.5
Jonathan Mensah77.5
John Boye77.5
Kwadwo Asamoah5.56.7
Mohammed Rabiu66
Sulley Muntari6.27
Christian Atsu6.56.5
Kevin-Prince Boateng54.5
Andre Ayew67
Asamoah Gyan67
Jordan AyewN/A6.5
Mubarak WakasoN/A6
Emmanuel BaduN/A6
B/R UK

Half-time Analysis: 

Fatau Dauda: Did not face any major difficulties in the net. He made two saves in the first 45 minutes. 

Harrison Afful: Made two effective clearances and two interceptions at right-back. 

Jonathan Mensah: Made a crucial block on the early shot by Kroos. 

John Boye: Made a terrific sliding challenge in the 21st minute to deny Muller of an open shot on goal. 

Kwadwo Asamoah: Led his team with three interceptions at left-back, but he did not make much of an impact on the game moving forward. 

Mohammed Rabiu: Completed 80 percent of his 20 passes from his defensive midfield position. 

Sulley Muntari: His blast in the 32nd minute from outside the box was denied by Neuer. 

Christian Atsu: Forced Neuer into a save with his 13th-minute attempt on goal. 

Kevin-Prince Boateng: Made the least amount of touches with 18, as he failed to make any impact on the Ghanian attack. 

Andre Ayew: Leaped above Boateng in the box in the 45th minute to create a corner. 

Asamoah Gyan: Had the first chance of the game with a shot that flew over the bar in the seventh minute. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Dauda: Ended the match with two saves, a number that seems small, but he was saved by his defense on plenty of moves forward by Germany. 

Afful: Made six interceptions from his right-back position against a German side that put a ton of pressure on the back four. 

Mensah: Made a big clearance in the 86th minute as Ozil looked to send in a cross to spring one of two runners behind him. 

Boye: Was not as effective as Mensah at center-back, but he did make five effective clearances and three interceptions. 

Asamoah: Slid in to make contact with Muller to deflect away a late opportunity for the German forward. 

Rabiu: Was removed from the match in the 78th minute with Ghana in need of an attacking spark and fresh legs. 

Muntari: Provided Gyan with a terrific assist on the second Ghana goal to hand his side a lead that lasted all of eight minutes. 

Atsu: Completed 88 percent of his 25 passes before exiting the match in favor of Wakaso in the 71st minute. 

Boateng: Exited the match in the 52nd minute after having little to no impact on the match. 

Ayew: Rose above Mustafi in the 54th minute to score a quick equalizer for his side. Had another chance in the 68th minute, but his head could not reach the cross. 

Gyan: Put Ghana ahead in the 63rd minute with a shot that flew into the left side of the net past Neuer. He was dynamic in attack after the goal by forcing Neuer into a bit of trouble on a few occasions. 

Substitutes: 

Jordan Ayew: Made just 12 touches, but he had two shots on target, after entering the match for Boateng in the 52nd minute. 

Mubarak Wakaso: Made a single key pass and only completed 67 percent of his passes. 

Emmanuel Badu: Had one shot that flew wide of the goal late in the second half. 

 

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90. 

All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com. 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices