2014 World Cup: Germany and Ghana Counter One Another's Style

By Aydin Reyhan
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The Germany National Team played out to a 2-2 draw against a Ghana team that fully deserved a point at the least. Both teams fought hard, played smart and showed patience throughout the match which enabled them to score the goals. This World Cup group just keeps getting more exciting.

The Germans played in their usual 4-2-3-1 setup while sometimes switching to a 4-3-3 and mainly attacked through building up from the back. They never rushed any passes. Instead, the midfielders held onto the ball, took a few touches, then either passed it short or switched the field with a long beauty. They played with a bunch of attacking midfielders who took turns making runs into the final third to throw off the Ghanaians. The only true striker, Miroslav Klose, actually came in during the second half to score the equalizer that marked goal No. 15 in his World Cup career.

Ghana played in a 4-2-3-1 with one of their goalscorers, Asamoah Gyan, playing alone atop the line. This team used their wingbacks to win the ball at the back, and then to either push forward themselves to create space for others or by sending the ball up field for a the quick counter. This was used to catch Germany’s back line off guard as they pushed a bit too high at times. They were also a bit stronger and in better shape than their opponents which made it easier to win the ball. They also at times allowed them to pass the ball quite a bit before forcing an error.

These teams tried to play the same way, but whenever they forced a mistake, they gave one another a taste of their own medicine. The final score of this game was a fair result as both sides could have won it in the end if it weren’t for missed chances and decent saves from the keepers.

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