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African Teams in World Cup 2014: Ghana Holds Germany, Nigeria, Algeria Downs Bosnia & Herzegovina & S.Korea / Africa News

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African teams in the ongoing World Cup in Brazil showed some level of improvement in their second respective group games over the weekend.

Ghana took on tournament favorite, Germany on Saturday in a crucial Group G match at the Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo in Fortaleza. But Germany can only come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw game after taking the lead.

After an impressive first half goalless from both sides, Germany brought life to the game in the 51st minute, when Mario Gotze headed home a Thomas Muller’s fine long cross from the left side of attack.

But the Ghanaians responded instantly with Andre Ayew who plays his football for Olympique de Marseille in France, rose above a static German defense to head past Manuel Neuer in the 54th minute to restore parity for the African side.

The Germans had to fight back for the first time in the tournament when the Black Stars took a shocking lead in the 63rd minute. AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari broke up some sloppy German play in midfield to send a pass to Asamoah Gyan who ran to fire the ball past the outstretched fingertips of Manuel Neuer.

Germany was rescued from defeat after Coach Joachim Low brought on veteran striker, Miroslav Klose who headed home a loose corner kick that flashed across the goalmouth on his first touch of the ball to peg the score at 2-2. The goal was Klose’s 15th in the World Cup finals and he has now equaled Brazilian striker, Ronaldo as the all-time leading scorer with 15 goals each.

Both teams had decent chances to pick all the three points the chances were blown out to the dismay of their fans. The result left Germany with four points and Ghana still has a chance to qualify if they are able to beat Portugal on June 26 in Brasilia. Germany on the other hand will face the United States in Recife on the same June 26.

African Teams in World Cup 2014:Nigeria 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0


Meanwhile, Nigeria produced a spectacular performance as Peter Odemwingie ended Nigeria’s nine-match wait in a World Cup win.

Odemwingie swept Nigeria in front in the 29th minute after picking Emmanuel Emenike’s loose ball in the first half of the game.

Manchester City’s striker, Edin Dzeko could have rescued his side from defeat but he could not make use of the numerous chances that came his way.

Nigeria only have to draw with Argentina in their last game in the group to be able to qualify for the second round of the tournament.

African Teams in World Cup 2014:Algeria 4 South Korea 2


Algeria stormed back into contention in Group H, with a 4-2 win over South Korea at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre on Sunday evening.

It was the North Africans’ first World Cup victory since their famous 1982 success against West Germany and was the first time an African side had managed four goals in a single World Cup match.

First-half goals from Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoume Djabou ensured that South Korea went down by 3 goals during the break.

But Son Heung-Min gave the Asia some hope by pulling one back five minutes after the break but Yacine Brahimi scored Algeria fourth in the 62nd minutes only for Koo Ja-Cheol to pull another goal back for the Koreans in the 72nd minutes.

Issaka Adams /NationalTurk Africa

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