Andre Schurrle remained on the bench for Germany but Christian Atsu featured well for Ghana in a gripping 2-2 draw in World Cup group G on Saturday night.
It was the second game for these nations and both remain in contention for qualification to the knockout stages with Germany leading on four points and Ghana with one.
Atsu (pictured above left), who had caught the eye in Ghana’s opening game defeat by the United States, was as lively and threatening as anyone on pitch in Fortaleza tonight during a goalless first half. The winger’s cross from the right was blasted off-target by Asamoah Gyan who should have done better, and then Atsu himself shot powerfully on target from distance but saw it well saved.
Germany broke the deadlock with 50 minutes played, Mario Gotze stooping to head in Thomas Muller’s diagonal ball clipped into the area.
Ghana’s leveller less than four minutes later came from an even better header from a similar delivery, Harrison Afful with the supply and Andre Ayew with the finish.
The Africans went ahead on 62 minutes, Gyan smashing the ball past Manuel Neuer from a Sulley Muntari defence-splitter.
Ghana could have extended the lead before just-introduced substitute Miroslav Klose equalised from close range with 20 minutes to go, the striker joining Ronaldo as all-time World Cup top scorer on 15 goals.
Atsu, who spent last season on loan at Vitesse, had his evening come to an end soon after, the 22-year-old substituted on 72 minutes.
Both sides threatened on several occasions late on to win a game that was up there with the most entertaining in this World Cup so far, but Ghana now have to beat Portugal on Thursday to keep their hopes alive. Germany play the USA at the same time.