Germany through to round of 16

German Football
By German Football June 23, 2010 22:45

Germany through to round of 16

Germany have gone through to the round of 16 on the back of a beautiful strike by midfielder Mesut Özil. They top Group D with 6 points after their 1-0 win. Ghana squeak through despite their loss as Serbia falls to Australia 2-1.

Germany dominated possession for long periods of time in the first 60 mins but were unable to get a breakthrough until Özil blasted a ball from the edge of the penalty area straight into the back of the net.

Özil’s shot from the top of the penalty box after an hour played made the difference in a game which both sides had ample scoring opportunities.

“The intensity of the match was tremendous. We did not always perform according to plan. But we have reached the next round, which is all that counts tonight”, said German coach Joachim Löw.

It was evident from the outset that both teams were intent on playing adventurous football, and the chances were swift in arriving for Germany.

The first fell to Cacau. Racing into the right side of the Ghanaian box, the Brazil-born 29-year-old struck the ball firmly but straight into the arms of a grateful Richard Kingson, who did well to gather Thomas Muller’s cross moments later.

On six minutes a headed clearance dropped to Lukas Podolski, whose first-time strike was deflected wide for a corner, which came to nothing.

Almost right away, Podolski sprinted down the left and cut the ball back. Jonathan Mensah, under pressure from Cacau, almost turned it into his own net, but was spared by the diving Kingson.

Ghana had their first chance on 13 minutes. Kwadwo Asamoah broke into the Germany box and unselfishly laid the ball back for Asamoah Gyan, whose effort was blocked by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Midway through the half, Ozil deceived the offside trap and went clean through on goal. Despite the great chance to put Germany ahead, he only managed to shoot straight at Kingson’s legs.

Ten minutes later it was Kingson’s outstretched hands that came to Ghana’s rescue, repelling a Cacau drive from ten yards.

Andre Ayew expertly crafted a chance on the half-hour mark, a sublime feint allowing him to leave Jerome Boateng in his wake and cross for Gyan, who could not get enough power on his close-range header to trouble Manuel Neuer.

The final opportunity of the opening 45 fell to Gyan, who out-jumped his marker but was unable to keep his header down.

After the break, the Germans came out determined to break the deadlock. However, despite being camped inside the Ghanaian half and dominating possession, they were unable to test Kingson in the opening five minutes.

The Black Stars, by contrast, had forced Neuer into action. Gyan sent Kwadwo Asamoah through on goal, but his shot was expertly saved by the sprawling German No. 1.

The three-time world champions made their adversaries pay for their missed opportunities on the hour mark. Muller collected the ball on the right flank and played it square to Ozil, who was centrally-positioned, two yards outside the area.

The Werder Bremen playmaker touched the ball into the path of his left boot, and casually stroked it past Kingson and just inside his right-hand post, triggering a collective sigh of relief in Germany.

The goal came from a patient build-up by Germany’s young midfield, passing the ball around until Özil spotted the opening in the Ghanaian defence.

Ghana, undeterred, refused to accept defeat. Gyan headed into the side-netting on 64 minutes, before back-heeling the ball into the path of Ayew, whose goal-bound shot was crucially blocked by the brilliant Philipp Lahm.

Germany played more conservatively after their goal and their ball retention kept Ghanaian opportunities at a minimum. Sulley Muntari had a half-chance for the west Africans, but his speculative shot from 25 yards flew over the bar.

After that, it was just a matter of running down the clock as the other Group D result ensured that Ghana would also qualify. Löw inserted Piotr Trochowski, Toni Kroos and Marcell Jansen before referee Carlos Simon from Brazil blew the final whistle.

German Football
By German Football June 23, 2010 22:45
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8 Comments

  1. Mandy June 24, 00:58

    It was a very intense game and very well played. To be honest, I was really frustarted in the first half when Ozil missed his first chance. Then I started screaming “GOAL!” and jumping for joy when he redeemed himself at the 60th minute (:

  2. Jane Chariot June 24, 01:18

    I feel like dying watching that match. It’s just isn’t the same team we saw playing against Australia. The passing was horrible. All the one-two touch became haywire and there were no chemistry at all between them.

    Anyway, they managed to win it. I feel alive again after that.
    I guess they had the upper hand than Ghana.

    • a.j babiiee June 24, 15:51

      i completely agree with your staement it sounds like so much more realistic than the others lol all my love a.j babiiee

  3. OPASO June 24, 06:27

    WELL DONE!!!, German team ^^

  4. Roxy June 24, 08:20

    I thought Germany’s game was a shambles. From what I saw with Australia it was no way the same team. What happened? This should have been easy and they kept passing to each other what were they scared of? Get that ball into the back of the net!

    If Germany continue playing this badly on Sunday we could see them knocked out, as for Klose he had better put in the effort and working with Ozil who is meant to be a great striker why take this long to score? The final score should have been 3-0 or 3-1 how disappointing, what an insult to the great players like Kinsman, Moller, Ballack etc!

    Come on boys play football give it everything you have got and score more goals on Sunday and get through the quarter finals!

  5. gtsein June 24, 12:24

    DROP PODOLSKI.His technique and ball passing skills are not on a par with the rest of the team. What was he doing? The ball comes to him and he gives it away easily. He lacks creativity….and 99 per cent of the time, he misses chances to score.

  6. Bhashi June 24, 16:32

    Exactly I’m agree with the above comments.The passes were really a Shame.The match you played with Australia had the team spirit and it gives us how talented you are.But yesterday match is not an International one.Just only a Inter-school match.If you play like this, you will absolutely miss the next round.I’m a great football fan of Germany team and I want to see only your victory.Please you must organize very well to the next match.

    Please try to control the speed of the ball and have a goo community among you.This is not an individual game.You have to work with a team.Yesterday you expressed us how easily you let the ball to go outside and to the opposite team.Don’t do this again!correct all these things and I’m sure you will take the CUP to your motherland.

    Wish You Very Best!

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