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Free kick awarded for a foul by Kwadwo Asamoah on Marcell Jansen. Marcell Jansen takes the free kick.
(Ghana) makes a substitution, with Dominic Adiyah coming on for Andre Ayew.
John Mensah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Philip Lahm. Free kick taken by Philip Lahm.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Marcell Jansen misses to the left of the target.
Hans Sarpei produces a cross, Sami Khedira manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Amoah replaces Asamoah Gyan. Toni Kroos is brought on as a substitute for Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Kwadwo Asamoah takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Handball by Sulley Muntari. Free kick taken by Philip Lahm.
Philip Lahm fouled by Sulley Muntari, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Neuer takes the direct free kick. Jeronimo Baretto Cacau challenges John Mensah unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Mensah takes the free kick.
Marcell Jansen on for Jerome Boateng.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Blocked by Hans Sarpei.
Lukas Podolski concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Annan. Anthony Annan takes the free kick.
Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Jonathan Mensah gets a block in.
Piotr Trochowski replaces Thomas Muller.
John Pantsil takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Shot from 12 yards from Andre Ayew. Philip Lahm gets a block in. Corner taken by Andre Ayew from the right by-line, Sami Khedira manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Asamoah Gyan. Manuel Neuer restarts play with the free kick. Sulley Muntari is brought on as a substitute for Prince Tagoe.
Mesut Ozil is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Hans Sarpei takes the direct free kick.
John Pantsil takes a shot. Thomas Muller gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Andre Ayew.
Mesut Ozil fires in a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Ghana 0-1 Germany.Assist by Thomas Muller. Corner taken left-footed by Andre Ayew from the right by-line, Arne Friedrich makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Philip Lahm, clearance made by John Mensah. Mesut Ozil decides to take a short corner. The ball is crossed by Mesut Ozil, Anthony Annan makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Asamoah Gyan. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
The official flags Lukas Podolski offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Kwadwo Asamoah takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Lukas Podolski, John Pantsil makes a clearance. Corner taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger from the left by-line. Mesut Ozil takes a shot. Anthony Annan gets a block in.
Bastian Schweinsteiger fouled by Prince Tagoe, the ref awards a free kick. Bastian Schweinsteiger takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Lukas Podolski from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Andre Ayew, Prince Tagoe produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Thomas Muller by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Muller on John Mensah. The referee shows Thomas Muller a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Kwadwo Asamoah fouled by Sami Khedira, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kwadwo Asamoah.
Andre Ayew challenges Jeronimo Baretto Cacau unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Andre Ayew a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Bastian Schweinsteiger from the free kick, save by Richard Kingson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mesut Ozil.
The ball is sent over by Mesut Ozil, clearance by Jonathan Mensah. Corner taken right-footed by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
John Pantsil delivers the ball. Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in. The offside flag is raised against Andre Ayew. Indirect free kick taken by Philip Lahm.
Centre by John Pantsil, Headed effort from close range by Kevin-Prince Boateng goes wide left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Sami Khedira.
Asamoah Gyan delivers the ball, save made by Manuel Neuer.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng by Asamoah Gyan. Jerome Boateng restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Clearance made by Philip Lahm.
Mesut Ozil takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Jeronimo Baretto Cacau delivers the ball.
Mesut Ozil crosses the ball.
Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line, clearance by John Mensah.
The ball is delivered by Lukas Podolski.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Asamoah Gyan on Per Mertesacker. Per Mertesacker takes the direct free kick.
Jonathan Mensah fouled by Jeronimo Baretto Cacau, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
The ball is crossed by Thomas Muller.
Shot from just outside the box by Asamoah Gyan goes over the bar.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Bastian Schweinsteiger gets a block in.
Corner taken short by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Lukas Podolski sends in a cross, clearance by Jonathan Mensah.
Lukas Podolski has an effort at goal. Hans Sarpei gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Bastian Schweinsteiger, John Mensah makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Thomas Muller, Richard Kingson makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
Jeronimo Baretto Cacau takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
The game gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half kicks off.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Ghana boss backs Boateng to handle pressure
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has backed Kevin-Prince Boateng to be strong enough to cope with what could be an emotionally-charged World Cup clash with Germany.
The Portsmouth midfielder became public enemy number one in Germany, the country of his birth, last month after his tackle on Germany captain Michael Ballack in the FA Cup final ruled the Chelsea man out of the World Cup.
The Group D match at Soccer City also throws up the possibility of Boateng coming up against his half-brother Jerome, a Germany international who has reportedly broken off contact with Kevin-Prince over the Ballack incident.
However, Black Stars boss Rajevac believes his player has the fortitude to come through what could be a trying evening, with a place in the last 16 at stake for both sides.
The Serbian said: "We have talked about this, the media created this problem. Even if there had been a problem it lies behind us. Kevin-Prince Boateng will do his best, he will focus, he will not be provoked, he is a professional. They may be brothers off the pitch but on the pitch they are not brothers.
"He will do his best and play without any pressure and play his normal game in order to reach a good result."
Germany coach Joachim Low is confident nerves will not be an issue for his young side as they look to keep alive their World cup dream.
Germany, with youngsters such Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber given key roles, could hardly have had a better start to the competition as they thumped Australia 4-0 in their opening match.
That was probably the best performance from any side in the first round of fixtures in South Africa, but the European superpowers were brought crashing back to earth in their next match as they lost 1-0 to Serbia in a clash which saw Miroslav Klose sent off and Lukas Podolski miss a penalty for Low's team.
The defeat left Germany level on three points with the Serbians and one point adrift of Group D leaders Ghana, and means Die Nationalmannschaft could be a shock early casualty of the World Cup unless they can beat the African outfit at Soccer City.
The pressure is on, but Low is getting a good vibe from his players, many of whom are playing in their first World Cup.
"When I talk to the players I do not get the impression they are nervous or worried after the defeat against Serbia. Although it is very young, the team has this confidence and inner conviction that it can beat Ghana," he said.
"I think we've digested and worked on the defeat to Serbia in the last two or three days, we're focused, we've prepared for the game against Ghana, a match which will not be easy.
"Ghana are a good team who have played well but we are convinced we can win this game and can get into the next round."
He added: "I believe the pressure is always there in any game. Lots of teams are in a similar situation and need to win their third game, England, France, Italy...they all have a lot of pressure and have to win their third game.
"Our players can deal with the situation, as far as I can see. I don't see a lot of nervousness, I feel concentration and conviction.
"Players like Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arne Friedrich all give me the impression they can lead the team. We know we have the potential, the quality and the ability to beat Ghana."
Old rivals set for clash
Germany set up a mouthwatering last-16 clash with England as Mesut Ozil's second-half strike proved the difference in a 1-0 win against Ghana at Soccer City.
The win for Joachim Low's side took them to the top of Group D and means they will face England in Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon, while Ghana ensured African representation in the knockout phase by edging out Australia on goal difference. The Black Stars will now take on the United States in Rustenburg.
Germany created the first chance when Brazil-born Cacau, in for the suspended Miroslav Klose, broke through in the third minute but his low shot was easily gathered by Richard Kingson in the Ghana goal.
The German contingent were jeering any touch for Berlin-born Kevin-Prince Boateng, whose tackle on Michael Ballack in the FA Cup final last month ruled the Germany star out of the World Cup. However, the Portsmouth man was able to tune out from it and one incisive ball to Gyan should have led to a chance, but the Rennes forward's first touch was poor.
Kingson then had to react quickly at his near post as Anthony Annan deflected a Lukas Podolski cross from the left goalwards in the 10th minute, and at the other end a clever ball from Kwadwo Asamoah played in the advancing Boateng but Bastian Schweinsteiger did enough to cut out his cutback to Gyan.
The game was finely poised and Andre Ayew hesitated when a chance to shoot presented itself, and Ozil wasted a good opportunity for Germany when played in by Cacau as his shot was blocked by the legs of Kingson.
Gyan's glancing header from a corner was shepherded away from the goalline by Germany captain Philipp Lahm, although replays suggested he perhaps used his arm to initially keep it out.
Cacau was next to go close, hooking a shot on target after a clever flick from Sami Khedira which Kingson got down well to save.
Ghana were proving more than a match for the Germans and Boateng was just unable to get meaningful contact on an Ayew cross from the right.
Ayew was then unlucky to be booked for a challenge on Cacau and Schweinsteiger's resulting free-kick drifted all the way through to Kingson, who needed to push it away from danger.
Ghana created a golden opening early in the second period as Asamoah burst through, but his weak effort was blocked by the onrushing Manuel Neuer.
It was a costly miss as Thomas Muller found Ozil in space outside the area and he flashed a left-foot shot beyond Kingson on the hour mark to take Germany to the top of the group.
For the first time in the game Ghana had been slow to close down their opponents but their response was positive at least as Gyan header goalwards was blocked for a corner by Germany defender Jerome Boateng, the half-brother of Kevin-Prince.
Lahm made a crucial block to deny Ayew after Gyan back-heeled the ball into the path of the onrushing midfielder but Germany were not sitting on their lead and Cacau drilled a long-range shot goalwards which Kingson parried away awkwardly.
Ghana continued to press without creating too many clear-cut openings and Neuer was given a rare test by an Annan shot, although it appeared with Australia beating Serbia both teams were happy enough if the result stood and the last few minutes were played out uneventfully.
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