Story of the match:

  • Klose becomes all-time joint-record scorer in World Cup
  • Germany move to four points in Group G
  • Ghana come from behind to take lead
  • Klose equalises with first touch

Miroslav Klose became the joint-record scorer in World Cup history as he rescued Germany a point from a breathless and dramatic game with Ghana at Estadio Castelao.

The 36-year-old Lazio striker scored with his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute as the Germans came from behind to snatch a draw.

The goal, scored from a yard out, means Klose is now level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 goals.

Germany were, however, fortunate to escape with a point.

The European side took a fortuitous lead through Mario Gotze's unorthodox header, but Ghana came roaring back to score twice in nine minutes through Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, to the huge delight of the vast majority of the crowd.

Joachim Low, the Germany coach, turned to the experience of Klose and the veteran did not disappoint as he prodded in to keep his side top of Group G.

Germany's Miroslav Klose scores

The result means Germany, who move on to four points, have still only won their second game of a World Cup once since 1994. At Euro 2008, and at the 2010 World Cup, they followed up opening wins with defeats.

Ghana keep alive their chances of qualification for the last 16 but will have to beat Portugal in their final game to have a chance.

With temperatures in excess of 30C at the start, the tempo was understandably slow for much of the first half.

A series of pinball passing movements between Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze threatened to create an opening for Germany.

But in the stifling heat of Fortaleza, Ghana restricted their most celebrated opponents to half chances and blocked shots in an underwhelming opening 45 minutes.

Ghana had won over the neutrals by the interval by creating arguably the best chances but, within six minutes of the re-start, Germany were in front.

Muller found a yard of space, looked up and picked out Gotze's run. The Bayern Munich forward did not make clean contact, heading the ball on to his knee, but the ball still deflected beyond Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

Key facts

Miroslav Klose is only the third player in World Cup history to score in four different editions of the competition (after Pele and Uwe Seeler).

Asamoah Gyan equalled Roger Milla's record of five goals, they are the two highest scoring Africans at World Cups.

Per Mertesacker became the 13th player to appear 100 times for Germany.

Ghana rose to find hope and purpose. Three minutes later they levelled to send Estadio Castelao into raptures, Andre Ayew leaping to head home Harrison Afful's wonderful right-wing cross.

More drama was to come nine minutes later, as Ghana went ahead with a goal that stemmed from a rare mistake by Philipp Lahm.

Muntari pounced on the loose ball and slipped an inch-perfect ball through for Gyan, who fired firmly beyond goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

"I said I didn't know if Ghana would come back if Germany scored first, but I was proved wrong. But Jordan Ayew had the chance to put Ghana 3-1 up and he didn't pass to his team-mates who were better positioned. We said at the time that Ghana would pay for that - and they paid."

Germany turned to the experience of Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger to stem the flow, with Ghana sensing an upset.

It was a move that paid off almost immediately as Klose scored with his first touch to equal the World Cup scoring record and bring Germany level.

Benedikt Howedes headed a corner towards the net and, just as it was about to cross the line, Klose prodded in to breathe life into Germany's hopes.

Ghana began to tire as Germany pushed on. Toni Kroos found Muller but a brave block by Ayew denied him. Jonathan Mensah threw his body on the line soon after as Germany poured forward but Ghana went close themselves through Christian Atsu and Gyan.

Neither team deserved to lose but both might have had more than a point.

Germany's Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Germany and four in five in 2014

Ghana's Andre Ayew

Ghana's Andre Ayew turns away in celebration after equalising

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan (left) scores against Germany

Asamoah Gyan has scored in each of his last three World Cups for Ghana

Ghana fans

Ghana fans were out in force at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza

Germany's Miroslav Klose scores for Germany

Miroslav Klose equalised with his first touch of the ball, 112 seconds after coming on as a sub

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Germany

  • 01 Neuer
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 04 Höwedes
  • 05 Hummels
  • 20 Boateng (Mustafi - 45' )
  • 16 Lahm
  • 06 Khedira (Schweinsteiger - 70' )
  • 18 Kroos
  • 19 Götze (Klose - 69' )
  • 08 Özil
  • 13 Müller

Substitutes

  • 02 Großkreutz
  • 03 Ginter
  • 07 Schweinsteiger
  • 09 Schürrle
  • 10 Podolski
  • 11 Klose
  • 12 Zieler
  • 14 Draxler
  • 15 Durm
  • 21 Mustafi
  • 22 Weidenfeller
  • 23 Kramer

Ghana

  • 16 Dauda
  • 21 Boye
  • 23 Afful
  • 19 Mensah
  • 20 Asamoah
  • 07 Atsu (Wakaso - 71' )
  • 17 Rabiu (Badu - 78' )
  • 09 Boateng (J.Ayew - 52' )
  • 11 Muntari Booked
  • 10 A.Ayew
  • 03 Gyan

Substitutes

  • 01 Adams
  • 02 Inkoom
  • 04 Opare
  • 05 Essien
  • 06 Acquah
  • 08 Badu
  • 12 Larsen Kwarasey
  • 13 J.Ayew
  • 14 Adomah
  • 15 Sumaila
  • 18 Waris
  • 22 Wakaso
Ref: Sandro Meira Ricci
Att: 59,621

Match Stats

Shots

12 18

On target

4 6

Corners

7 3

Fouls

11 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Germany 2, Ghana 2.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Germany 2, Ghana 2.

90:00 +2:57 Booking

Booking Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:55

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:55

Foul by Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana).

90:00 +2:03

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:03

Foul by Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana).

90:00 +1:06

Offside, Ghana. Emmanuel Badu tries a through ball, but Mubarak Wakaso is caught offside.

90:00 +0:18

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Jonathan Mensah.

89:10

Attempt missed. Miroslav Klose (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

88:31

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harrison Afful.

87:02

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:17

Foul by Miroslav Klose (Germany).

86:17

Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:50

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Jonathan Mensah.

84:57

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:57

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

84:31

Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Germany).

84:31

André Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:52

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kwadwo Asamoah.

83:51

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

83:26

Offside, Ghana. Asamoah Gyan tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

80:59

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:59

Foul by Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana).

80:24

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

80:24

Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:34

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:34

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

78:01

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

77:58

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mubarak Wakaso with a cross following a corner.

77:27

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

77:23

Attempt blocked. Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Mensah.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Emmanuel Badu replaces Mohammed Rabiu.

76:24

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

75:02

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:02

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Ghana).

72:58

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

72:36

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Mubarak Wakaso.

71:32

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:32

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

71:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso replaces Christian Atsu.

70:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 2, Ghana 2. Miroslav Klose (Germany) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Benedikt Höwedes following a corner.

70:27

Attempt blocked. Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

70:03

Corner, Germany. Conceded by John Boye.

69:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Bastian Schweinsteiger replaces Sami Khedira.

68:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Miroslav Klose replaces Mario Götze.

68:00

Attempt missed. Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

67:21

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

66:04

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Ayew.

62:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Ghana 2. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari with a through ball.

60:57

Mats Hummels (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:57

Foul by Asamoah Gyan (Ghana).

58:35

Hand ball by Christian Atsu (Ghana).

57:22

Attempt missed. Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

56:38

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

56:38

Harrison Afful (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:34

Attempt blocked. Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:02

Foul by Sami Khedira (Germany).

56:02

Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:43

Sami Khedira (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:43

Foul by Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana).

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Ghana 1. André Ayew (Ghana) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harrison Afful with a cross.

52:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:05

Delay in match (Germany).

51:47

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

51:47

Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Jordan Ayew replaces Kevin-Prince Boateng.

50:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Ghana 0. Mario Götze (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller with a cross.

49:47

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:47

Foul by André Ayew (Ghana).

49:07

Foul by Mario Götze (Germany).

49:07

Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Germany 0, Ghana 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Shkodran Mustafi replaces Jerome Boateng because of an injury.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Germany 0, Ghana 0.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

45:00 +0:18

Attempt missed. Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari following a corner.

45:00 +0:04

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:26

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

44:20

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

42:39

Offside, Ghana. Sulley Ali Muntari tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

40:57

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

40:57

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:21

Offside, Ghana. André Ayew tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

39:38

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:38

Foul by Christian Atsu (Ghana).

38:26

Sami Khedira (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:26

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

36:58

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

35:20

Corner, Germany. Conceded by John Boye.

32:01

Attempt saved. Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:56

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kwadwo Asamoah.

26:31

Offside, Ghana. Kwadwo Asamoah tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

25:01

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

22:47

Hand ball by Asamoah Gyan (Ghana).

19:46

Offside, Germany. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Thomas Müller is caught offside.

19:13

Attempt missed. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan.

17:54

Attempt saved. Sami Khedira (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

12:25

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin-Prince Boateng.

12:03

Foul by Mario Götze (Germany).

12:03

Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:27

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:27

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

10:56

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

9:03

Foul by Sami Khedira (Germany).

9:03

Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:50

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:50

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana).

6:26

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

2:50

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:50

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana).

2:18

Foul by Sami Khedira (Germany).

2:18

Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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