Friday, June 25, 2010

Germany wins again & Ghana also goes through

6:30 PM GMT, June 23, 2010
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

0 - 1

A terrific strike from Mesut Ozil gave Germany a 1-0 win over Ghana and put them into top spot in Group D, where they will face England in the second round. The result also puts Ghana through, as Serbia failed to win.

Scoring Summary

 Mesut Özil (60')

Man of the Match: Mesut Ozil


  • Man of the Match: Mesut Ozil - The forward was involved in most of Germany's good work and toiled tirelessly up front. He was a constant thorn in the side of the Ghana defence and scored the goal to send his side into the next round.

  • Ghana verdict: Started the match in a very lively manner and created some good chances, but lacked a real clinical finsher up front. The Black Stars looked like they tired after the break and then clearly settled for second place as results came in from elsewhere.

  • Germany verdict: A good performance, but there are worries at the back for Die Mannschaft, who were torn apart by Ghana early on. However, Joachim Low's side plugged away and deserved their win after showing much more guile than their opponents in the final third.

  • Could do better: Cacau - Only got into the side because Miroslav Klose was suspended and is highly unlikely to retain his place after failing to seize his chance. The VfB Stuttgart was also sloppy in possession.

  • Stat attack: Mesut Ozil's strike was the first German goal scored from outside the 18-yard box.

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