Germans to stifle Ghanaian hopes.
It would be easy to say that Germany were helped by Portugal’s ill-discipline in their opening Group G match in Salvador. They undoubtedly were but Joachim Loew’s team were still mightily impressive and the way they handled Cristiano Ronaldo a big pointer to other countries who might come up against the FIFA world player of the year in upcoming matches.
Thomas Muller became the first player to score a hat-trick in the tournament against Portugal and is bidding to become the first player to win a second successive World Cup Golden Boot. But the Bayern Munich midfielder rather blotted his copy-book with his antics in the incident which saw Portuguese defender Pepe red-carded.
Perhaps it’s time that officials started handing out more yellow cards for obvious simulation, not only in the penalty area! The Germans were occasionally uncharacteristically sloppy in defence in their opener but can probably afford to be with the excellent Manuel Neuer a last line of defence.
Ghana have met Germany twice before, coming off worse on both occasions. But they were only beaten 1-0 in a group game in Soccer City four years ago when both sides qualified for the knockout stages. However, they must be hurting after conceding a late winner against the USA in the Estadio das Dunes.
They never really threatened in the first half but were much the better side after the interval and probably thought they’d rescued a point through Andre Ayew after conceding inside the opening minute.
Akwasi Appiah’s men now have it all to do to qualify from Group G and Germany are not a side that shows much mercy when the odds are stacked in their favour. Ghana will almost certainly have to cast caution to the wind at some stage if they are to get a result and that’s when the Germans are likely to pick them off.
Germany are 27/10 to win by one goal and 8/13 to be winning at half time.
The match kicks off at 8pm UK time on Saturday June 21st at the Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza.