FT: Germany 2 Ghana 2

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FT: The full-time whistle is blown and it has finished 2-2 after a thrilling game between Germany and Ghana in Group G. Ghana came from behind to lead 2-1, but Miroslav Klose stepped off the bench to level from close range and equal Ronaldo's World Cup record of 15 goals. 2-2.

Muntari is shown the yellow card for bringing down Ozil on the edge of the area, but Kroos' free-kick is cleared.

Oh dear, oh dear! Ghana clear their lines from the corner and break at pace. They have five men against three and look certain to score, but Wakaso is adjudged to have strayed offside. Unbelievable!

We are now into three minutes of added time and it is Germany who attack from a corner.

CHANCE! Klose drags an effort wide after being found right where he wanted it on the edge of the area. Everyone inside the stadium thought he was destined to put that away.

Gyan fires wide from outside the area but Neuer appeared to have it covered as he watched it roll beyond the far post.

The changes have freshened things up for both sides, particularly Ghana, as Badu wins the ball off Schweinsteiger in the middle and brings it forward.

Ayew blazes one over from range with Ghana still believing they can take the three points here. What a game.

CHANCE! Superb defending from Ghana as Asamoah throws himself in to block at the feet on Muller who was racing through on goal. Germany have a corner which Kroos will take.

Gyan clips a dangerous looking ball towards Ayew but the offside flag is raised.

Ayew threatens for Ghana as he cuts inside and looks to strike. He gets shown onto his weaker left foot, though, and his strike is weak as Neuer clutches it with two hands.

Ozil ghosts towards the area and looks to unleash the run of Lahm with a smart backheel, but there is no way past the Ghana back four.

Schweinsteiger and Muntari tussle for it in midfield and Germany are given a free-kick inside the Ghana half which they will look to get forward.

The corner is cleared toward Badu at the back post and he unleashes an effort on the half volley which bounces well wide.

Wakaso tries an ambitious strike from range and it deflects behind for a corner as Ghana earn some brief respite after those waves of Germany pressure.

Ghana make their third and final change as Rabiu makes way for Badu in midfield.

Klose shapes to shoot on the edge of the area but instead opts to tee one up towards the back post. Dauda commandingly punches clear before Lahm wins a free-kick in a promising position. Germany suddenly look the most likely to win this.

Christian Atsu has left the field for Ghana with Wakaso taking his place.

CHANCE! Kroos whips in another inviting corner and Schweinsteiger just sees it slightly late as he diverts it over the bar.

Klose has now equalled Ronaldo's record of 15 goals at World Cups with that effort and it was his first touch of the game!

GOAL! Miroslav Klose has an instant impact as he stabs home Howedes' flick-on from close range to equalise for Germany! 2-2!

Germany finally get the go-ahead to make their changes as Gotze and Khedira make way for Klose and Schweinsteiger.

Ghana are close again as Asamoah is set free down the left. He whips a cross towards the back post and Ayew is just unable to leap high enough to connect with it and the ball is turned behind for a corner.

CHANCE! Jordan Ayew surges forward and Germany are struggling for numbers in defence. Ayew has Gyan in support but decides to go alone and fires into the arms of Neuer at his near post.

Mensah stands firm to block Gotze on the turn and Ghana are full of confidence as they look to break.

Schweinsteiger has been preparing to come on for Germany who have been pretty wasteful in possession since taking the lead. The Brazilian public are booing every Germany touch, while the Ghana fans are in absolute dreamland.

Would you believe it?! Ghana are ahead and what a finish from Gyan who kept his composure brilliantly in front of goal. Muntari's through ball was inch-perfect, taking Hummels out of the game, and nobody was stopping Gyan was he got into that position.

GOAL! Asamoah Gyan races through on goal to fire beyond Manuel Neuer and give Ghana a shock lead! 1-2!

Khedira is wasteful with his ball as he looks for the run of Muller over the top, only to see it bounce harmlessly behind for a goalkick.

Hummels is needlessly caught by Gyan and Germany have a free-kick deep inside their own half which Khedira will take.

Mustafi bursts down the right but his cross can only find the arms of Dauda despite Germany piling men forward. This game is has well and truly burst into life.

Muntari tries a speculative free-kick from almost 35 yards out but it flies high and wide of Neuer's goal.

Jordan Ayew has replaced Kevin-Prince Boateng for Ghana.

If Gotze's header was somewhat on the scruffy side, Andre Ayew's was the complete opposite as he rose to power an equaliser beyond Neuer. Excellent cross from Afful on the right, but Mustafi may feel he could have done better there.

GOAL! Ghana are back on level terms as Andre Ayew leaps to head home an equaliser! 1-1!

The youngest player in this Germany starting line-up has broken the deadlock tonight and he won't be bothered in the slightest that it wasn't the smoothest of goals. It was a perfect delivery from Muller on the left and Gotze stooped to meet it. He then headed it down and against his own knee as Dauda was left wrong-footed!

GOAL! Mario Gotze gives Germany the lead from close range after latching onto Tomas Muller's inviting cross! 1-0!

Gotze shoves Rabiu and Ghana win a free-kick right in the middle of the park. Much like the first half, this has started pretty slowly.

Kroos is bundled over by Atsu before Muntari clatters into him as he follows through on the loose ball. Germany have a free-kick and the chance to get a ball forward.

Ozil feeds Mustafi for his first touch out on the right before Kroos switches play to pick out Gotze. He tries to get away from Afful but the full-back is too strong for him as he ushers it behind for a corner.

Ghana come forward early on as Muntari looks for a ball over the top. The German defence stands firm but Kwesi Appiah's men are pressing.

Ghana get the second half underway!

Germany have made a change at half-time as Mustafi replaces Boateng for Joachim Low's side.

HT: The referee signals for half-time and it's all square between Germany and Ghana in Foraleza. Both sides have had sights on goal and the scoreline isn't quite a true reflection of this one after 45 minutes. 0-0.

Germany clear the corner temporarily but continue to press as Mensah pokes one wide from the edge of the area. Lively end to this first half and there has been one minute added on.

Afful whips a promising ball towards the back post where Ayew is leaping to meet it. Boateng gets up well though to divert it behind for a corner.

Howedes puts in two strong challenges on Atsu over the right as Ghana now look to come forward. Germany are sat deep for the time-being.

Muller's return cross is then headed clear but Germany are ending this half strongly.

CHANCE! Germany are getting closer as Muller's cross almost puts it on a plate for Gotze on the edge of the six-yard box. Instead, the two Ghana defenders do enough to put him off guard and it rolls all the way across the area.

Germany play the free-kick short and quick but are still unable to carve and opening as the Ghana defence stands firm once again.

Still no way through for Germany but they have the chance to get a ball forward from a free-kick after Atsu bundled over Kroos inside the Ghana half.

Khedira is bundled off the ball by Rabiu and Germany have a free-kick which they will play short inside their own half. There appears to be a few tired legs out there as we approach half-time.

Gotze is allowed a sight of goal after a smart ball over the top. He hits it first time on the half-volley, from just outside of the area, but it's straight into the arms of Gauda despite connecting well.

Kroos' corner is headed clear and Ghana are wasteful on the break despite Germany having committed defenders forward.

Germany are enjoying a decent spell and Kroos slots Ozil into a promising crossing position. He looks to drag it back towards Muller but Boye has covered well to guide it behind for a corner. Kroos will take.

Gyan speeds away from Mertesacker and into the area. He finds himself at a tight angle with Neuer bearing down on him and as he tries to take it around the onrushing keeper, his heavy touch takes it behind for a goalkick.

CHANCE! Muntari drills a powerful first-time strike from range and Neuer is forced to get something behind it as he punches it away.

Ghana apply a bit of pressure on the Germany goal with Ayew probing for an opening. Atsu looks to deliver one towards Gyan at the back post but his cross is too heavy and it flies behind for a goalkick.

The resulting corner is poor and Dauda is able to come off his line to pluck it from the air.

Gotze breaks down the right for Germany and his cross somehow ends up in the side-netting and behind for a corner. He looked to guide it across goal, but Boye was strong with his clearance which rocketed off the legs of Mensah, who was relieved to see it rebound against the wrong side of the net.

Ghana come forward through Ayew but his loose cross-field ball is easily dealt with by Howedes. Both sides have had their moments, but neither have been able to make the most of their good positions.

Muntari is strong in his challenge on Kroos and Ghana get a sniff of a counter-attack, but Gyan has just crept offside and play is brought back.

Kroos strides forward and is invited to strike from range. He lets fly but watches on as his effort sails high and well over Dauda's bar.

Kroos whips one towards the back post but Afful is there to steer it clear. Howedes takes over down the right and Atsu is happy to concede a throw-in to ease the pressure for now.

Kroos finds Khedira, who switches it wide to Boateng, but Ghana are defending in numbers and doing it rather well as they force the ball back into the Germany half.

Khedira collects the ball from deep before Lahm cannot quite get on the end of his ball over the top. Afful concedes a free-kick though which Germany will play short inside the Ghana half.

CHANCE! Ozil is having plenty of joy down the right for Germany and he finds himself in plenty of space once again. He guides it across goal for Muller to launch himself at but Boye does brilliantly to slide in and get the block away.

Kevin-Prince Boateng threatens for Ghana, but much like Khedira just seconds ago, he is unable to get hold of his strike and he watches as it rolls harmlessly wide of Neuer's goal.

CHANCE! Germany have their first effort on target after a quick break. Kroos poked it down the right for Ozil to race onto and he spotted the run of Khedira who was arriving on the edge of the area. The Real Madrid man hit it first time but was unable to get the connection it needed as Dauda gathers his strike with two hands.

Mertesacker has to be alert to cut out Afful's ball over the top with Gyan looking to latch onto it.

Gotze tries to thread through Muller but Mensah stands firms to intercept and Ghana eventually win a throw-in. Many thought this would be straightforward for Germany but it's been far from it so far.

Atsu's cross from the right is asking too much of Gyan as Mertesacker steps in to deal with it and clear Germany's lines.

After a sluggish opening few minutes, this game is livening up rather nicely with both sides offering plenty in attack. Ghana are showing no fear as they go forward and have had the best chances of the game so far.

CHANCE! Atsu strides forward after being found by Boateng and his strike from range stings the palms of Neuer who is forced to get down well to his right and parry it away.

Half chance for Germany as Kroos sees his effort blocked by Mensah. It was smart build-up play from Germany, with Ozil and Gotze involved down the right. Muller picked it up in the middle and his back-heel teed up Kroos for the striker, only for Mensah to be well positioned.

Dauda is forced to be alert again as Lahm picks the ball up in midfield and looks to thread a through ball for the run of Gotze. He looks to have weighted it perfectly, but the Ghana keeper rushes off his line to smother.

Gotze whips a cross in towards Muller from deep and Monday's hat-trick hero looks to guide his header down towards Khedira, but Dauda is there to collect.

CHANCE! Ghana are the first side to threaten as Gyan blazes one over the bar under pressure from Mertesacker. It was a great ball forward from Muntari, picking out Atsu down the right. He whipped an inviting delivery towards the feet of the arriving Gyan but he was unable to divert it goalwards. Promising though from Ghana, who have started relatively brightly.

As expected, Germany are pressing high up the pitch as they look to force and error from Ghana. Gotze gets hold of it but is unable to work an opening.

Gyan finds his path blocked as he looks to turn inside the Germany half. Muller brings it forward but the move breaks down and Ghana can clear as they take control of the ball in defence.

Howedes threatens to storm forward but Mensah does well to come across with a strong challenge to hoof it out of play. The game is being played at a fairly slow pace at the minute, presumably due to the conditions. Germany are the ones in attack though.

Muntari's delivery is poor and Germany win a free-kick just on the edge of their own box as they try to clear.

Khedira goes in strong on Muntari and Ghana have an early free-kick just inside the Germany half. Muntari has dusted himself down though and will launch one towards the area.

Germany start by knocking the ball about defence with both Mertesacker and Hummels getting plenty of early touches. Howedes looks for the run of Gotze down the left but his through ball is over-hit and rolls behind for a goalkick.

Germany get us underway in Fortaleza!

Here we go then, the teams are out for their respective national anthems with kick-off just a few minutes away. Just to set the scene, it's 4pm in Fortaleza where temperatures are as high as 29 degrees and humidity is at 61 per cent, meaning that these conditions could be pretty testing for both sides.

There are just over 10 minutes remaining until kick-off in Fortaleza which means there is plenty of time for you to get any further thoughts or predictions sent in. You can either Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or email ryan.parrish@bskyb.com.

If you fancy having a flutter on tonight's action, our friends over at Sky Bet have a number of Price Boosts on offer for you. A repeat scoreline of Monday's 4-0 win over Portugal for Germany is 14/1, but Ghana to edge it 1-0 is a massive 33/1. Germany are the favourites at 30/100, the draw is 9/2, while a shock Ghana win is 9/1.

This is Ghana's third World Cup and they boast an impressive record having never failed to reach the knock-out stages. However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last five games in the tournament and four of the last six World Cup goals they have conceded have come from set-pieces.

As for Ghana, they were edged out by USA in their World Cup opener, as John Brooks' late header made it 2-1 after Andre Ayew's equaliser. Defeat tonight would not quite confirm their exit, but it would leave their hopes of reaching the last-16 in serious doubt with USA taking on Portugal tomorrow.

Not only do Germany have a favourable record against Ghana, they have only ever lost once to an African side at a World Cup, with that coming against Algeria in 1982. They have won four and drawn one of their other meetings with African teams in this competition.

Germany are the obvious favourites tonight and a win for Joachim Low's side would put them on the brink of securing their progression from Group G. Monday evening saw them cruise past Portugal with a 4-0 win as Tomas Muller hit a hat-trick and history is on their side coming into this one, having won their previous two meetings with Ghana.

Josephine Backhouse (@cookiesyum03) on Twitter also thinks Joachim Low's men will do the business tonight. She says: "Hard to look past Germany winning at the moment - Going for 3-0 - two for Muller and 1 for Schurrle coming off the bench."

Plenty of you have been in touch so far and there appears to be little hope for Ghana judging by some of the messages! Craig Pattison has emailed to say: "Muller to bag a brace today, I've backed him and Benzema for Golden Boot. Both good odds, don't mind who gets it!" While Chris Green also sees Muller getting on the scoresheet, he says: "Germany to win 2-0, with Muller bagging a brace."

So there are the teams and Germany are unchanged from the side that brushed past Portugal earlier in the week, with Mats Hummels overcoming a thigh strain to start. Ghana, however, make three changes from the team that were beaten 2-1 by USA as Dauda, Afful and Boateng all come in for Kwarasey, Opare and J. Ayew.

Ghana team: Dauda, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah, Atsu, Boateng, A. Ayew, Muntari, Rabiu, Afful, Gyan.

Germany team: Neuer, Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Howedes, Khedira, Ozil, Muller, Lahm, Kroos, Gotze.

Thanks to Lucy Tickner (@lucytick22) on Twitter who was the quickest off the mark with her prediction. She reckons it will be a repeat scoreline of the Portugal game for Germany: "I think Germany are gonna win 4-0. Another @ThomasMuller13 hatrick and @MesutOzil1088 with the other #GER #FifaWorldCup," she says.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of this Group G clash between Germany and Ghana at Fortaleza's Estadio Governador Placido. Team news will be here shortly, but in the meantime, please feel free to send in any thoughts and predictions ahead of this one as we build up to kick-off. You can either Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or email: ryan.parrish@bskyb.com and a selection of the best will be published here.

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