Hello, football fans. Bryan Sakakeeny here to help navigate you through this crucial Group D match on a wonderful day of football.
Welcome, U.S. and English fans. I'm glad you found time to settle down your nerves after the big wins and advancements and are keen to see on just who will be going through from Group D and facing off against your teams. No doubt this game will provide great insight to those key Round of 16 pairings.
There are several mathematical possibilities at work here to see any of the two Group D teams through to the next round. What you need to know right now is that both Germany and Ghana need a result out of this game to punch their ticket to the knockout stages.
I'll keep you up to date on any changes in who is lined up to advance as the match progresses. In the meantime, chime in with any of your thoughts or own analysis on the game. Group C supporters will have plenty to say about the match's proceedings so don't be shy.
As always, enjoy the match!
4:22EST- It's all settled. Ghana will face the USA and Germany draws England in the knockout stages.
Mission accomplished for Germany, after a speed bump against Serbia, they rebound to win the group. The game lost its sting after Oezil's goal even though Ghana probably had better chances to score their own goals. They now have to sweat it out as the Serbia/Australia game comes to a close.
93'- Schweinsteiger was just seen receiving treament on his hamstring and Oezil is limping. Let's hope all players are okay.
92'- Adiyiah comes on for Ayew, a fresh attacker, interesting.
90'- Three minutes to be added on.
89'- Ghana seem to be torn between going for the draw here, and riding out the rest of this game and putting their faith in the Serbia/Australia game.
85'- Serbia pulls one goal back. If they net another one they'll go through on goals scored. Math <3
81'- Gyan is off, Matthew Amoah comes on.
81'- Bastian Schweinsteiger's day is done, he was just shown rubbing his hamstring, potential cause for concern. In the meantime, 20-year-old Toni Kroos comes on to take his place.
79'- Ghana still doing well to create chances despite being behind. Germany has to break up another attack spearheaded by KP Boateng.
77'- Germany have everything to play for now. If they somehow lose this game, they're out and Ghana and Australia go through.
73'- Australia has scored again! Careful now lads, one more goal from Australia and they are through in place of Ghana. As an American I'm simply delighted by that prospect.
72'- Jerome Boateng is taken off, Marcell Jansen is on to replace him. This eliminates any chance of any Boateng-Boateng confrontation, damn.
68'- Word has just come through that Tim Cahill has netted a goal for Australia. Ghana breathe a huge sigh of relief.
68'- Mueller is subbed off for Piotr Trochowski. Frankly, Germany hasn't seen enough of Trochowski, he's a good player.
67'- Great chance for Ayew as he gets the ball in a great position, last ditch challenge by Lahm blocks the shot. Well done, captain.
65'- Ghana are still through as of now, but if Serbia score, they're in deep trouble. They need to take this game by the throat and not count on the Aussies to keep the Serbs at bay.
64'- Muntari is subbed on for Tagoe, calculated substitution.
61'- GAH! Ghana on the break after the goal, Tagoe with a header that skips just wide of Neuer's goal.
60'- GOOALLL! Goodness gracious what a strike from wunderkind Mesut Oezil. Kingson had no chance as it bends into the side netting. Loew is elated as he realized he's probably not going to be sacked.
57'- The game has lost a bit of momentum, here's a corner for Germany though.
51'- Asamoah with a great chance after being released, hits it solidly but Neuer is way off his line to deny him with a great save.
50'- Cagey start to the second half, neither team seems to wants to make the first move.
46'- Play resumes.
Score is 0-0 at half time, it's been an entertaining game from two teams that are through as of now. Germany produced the best chance of the game so far but other than that their attacking has been mostly wishful thinking. Ghana has also shown flashes of brilliance in the last third as well. With the game already as open as it is, expect to see some tallies in the second half.
45'- All hands to the pumps for Germany at the moment, attack results in a header from Gyan that sails high.
43'- Thomas Mueller with a hard tackle that doesn't catch any of the ball. He's shown a yellow card, but the tackle wasn't all that reckless.
41'- Schweiny's free kick heads goalwards, Mertesacker attempts the flick but to no avail, Kingson reacts quickly to beat it away. Ghana then breaks well up the field, but their attack is thwarted.
40'- Andre Ayew is shown a yellow card after a hard, but reasonable challenge on Cacau. Ayew is beside himself.
38'- Schweinsteiger is fouled by Boateng, KP proceeds to flash a devious smile to one of his teammates.
34'- KP Boateng seems to be relishing his status as public enemy no. 1 of the German supporters, he unloads a wild shot towards goal.
32'- Ayew fools Boateng with a dummy cross along the right side, decent ball into the middle, KP Boateng almost makes his little bro pay for being too jumpy.
30'- Khedira with a cute flick off of Mueller's delivery, Cacau hits it on the volley but Kingson is again equal to the task.
28'- Game's really starting to open up, got to appreciate Ghana's willingness to go forward, despite the fact that they only need a draw to win the group.
26'- Gyan's flicked header off a Ghana corner is cleared off the line by Philipp Lahm. Good defending, but where was Neuer?
25'- Oezil breaks the offside trap on the ensuing possession, he's clear through! terrible composure from the young kid as Kingson saves it with his legs. Wigan's third choice keeper looking world class.
24'- Ayew is away in the box! Too many touches for the striker and Neuer is out bravely to smother the chance.
24'- Mueller's been a great addition to the German lineup out wide, the young striker has made quite the adjustment.
21'- Lahm comes bursting through the middle of the pitch, but runs out of real estate. Nice to see him getting forward early.
17'- Ghana picking their attacks well, the German defense has appeared more than capable of stifling the break so far.
16'- Mueller again down the right side, his long cross targets Podolski who tries a one-time volley. His shape was good but he completely whiffs, how's your knee feel?
14'- Sarpei receives the ball in the box, he leaves it for Ayew who has his shot well blocked by a back-tracking Schweinsteiger.
10'- Podolski wtih a low, hard cross, deflects off Mensah who enlists the help of Kingson to avoid an own goal.
7'- Podolski thrashes at a bouncing ball on the other end, could we see another seven shots from him today?
7'- Boateng with a probing pass, he finds Gyan but the first touch is too heavy. Neuer is confidently off his line to collect it.
4'- Cacau showing his pace early, that speed up front could prove key for the Germans tonight, especially against a quick Ghanaian side.
3'- Loew's got the scarf on, he wasn't taking any chances tonight.
1'- We're off in Johannesburg.
2:27EST- Germany wearing the black jerseys, gotta love it.
2:22EST- Germany has made it to every knockout stage since 1938. Talk about having history on your side. However, the Germans hadn't lost in the group stages since 1938 until a couple of days ago, so who knows what to expect?
2:20EST- Brazilian-born Cacau replaces Miroslav Klose as the lone striker after Klose's red card against Serbia.
2:19EST- Gotta love the Ghanaian center-back pairing of John Mensah and Jonathan Mensah.
2:16EST- If Ghana goes through they'll pretty much have the support of a whole continent behind them, now that's some incentive to win, yeah?
2:14EST- Heyy would you look at that? ESPN got Klinsmann to do the pre-game show after not having him provide analysis before the Serbia game.
2:11EST- Che Cannavarroooo! I love that song.
2:09EST- Both teams opting for the same tactical formation, but that's not what should be standing out to you as a football fan. As if this day needed any more drama, it looks like Joachim Loew is opting to start young Jerome Boateng in place of the ripe Holger Badstuber.
Badstuber was torched all day long by Milos Krasic of Serbia in Germany's previous match. The underlying story here is that Boateng's older brother, Kevin-Prince, plays midfield for Ghana and also ended Michael Ballack's World Cup dreams with a vicious tackle in the FA Cup. There were ensuing death threats and the whole lot after the tackle. Fiery German fans have had this clash circled on their calendars every since.
2:05EST- We're live here for the Germany/Ghana clash
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