Records and hearts were broken in one of the more competitive matches of an already-incredible World Cup Saturday, as Germany and Ghana ended with a 2-2 result in Group G play at the Casteloa in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Forward Miroslav Klose joined exclusive company when he tied Brazil’s Ronaldo with his 15th-career World Cup goal in the 71st minute to pull even after Germany had surrendered two straight goals, and their control over first place in the group appeared in doubt. Klose also pulled ahead of German legend Gerd Mueller on the all-time scorers list.
Goals in quick succession from Andre Ayew and a stunner by Asamoah Gyan gave Ghana the lead after 63 minutes, but Klose’s tip in from close range off Benedikt Howedes cross dashed the Black Stars hopes of three points.
The one point earned keeps Germany in first for now, but Ghana now requires more goals and draws or losses from the United States and Portugal in order to advance to the Round of 16.
The sides exchanged blows and missed opportunities in a tepid first half, but opened up the scoring early in the second. Mario Gotze broke the nil-nil tie when he converted Thomas Muller’s soaring deep cross into a header in front of the Ghana net and past helpless keeper Fatawu Dauda in the 51st minute.
Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew responded with his own header, soaring over defender Mats Hummels to gracefully turn Harrison Afful’s well-timed cross in the 54 th minute.
But the goal that initially rocked Germany and put Ghana on the edge of their seat was yet to come. Asamoah Gyan gutted past Germany’s defense in the 63rd minute to breathe life into Ghana’s hopes for the Round of 16 in Brazil.
Already the top scorer in his country’s history, Gyan streaked through enemy territory for a slicing, right-footed strike past keeper Manuel Neuer to become the first African player ever to score in three World Cups.
The 28-year-old Al Ain striker has tallied 41 goals in 80 appearances for Ghana, but his most recent score could have paid the most dividends for the Black Stars.