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World Cup - Germany vs Ghana

Here we go again - Germany's last of 3 first round games this World Cup.

After the defeat to Serbia, Germany can't realistically afford a draw against Ghana - they need to win this one to ensure their advancement into the group of 16. Ghana is the only undefeated team in this group (albeit by the grace of two penalty kick goals in those first two games) and Germany will have to do without striker Miroslav Klose after his red card against Serbia.

The saying goes that no World Cup game is an easy game, regardless of how effortless their 4:0 win against Australia in the first match appeared, but this is the first one that is truly do-or-die for the German side. This game is scheduled from 1:30pm to 3:15pm on Wednesday. The weather forecast for Wednesday predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-nineties. Whereas Cuatros proved to be a lot of fun during Germany's first two games, we thought it prudent to watch this early afternoon game at an indoor venue. So we're going to give Third Base Sports Bar on West 6th, just east of MoPac a go this time around. They have more high-mounted HD flat-panel televisions than you can shake an angry referee-damning fist at and their drink and meal prices are reasonable. There's a parking garage and it should be comparatively easy to get to for your "lunch-break", "doctor's appointment", or what have you ;-)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great turnout !!

    June 23, 2010

  • Diana

    ...und das war Spitze!!! :-)

    June 23, 2010

  • Ulf K.

    TÜRKIYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wunderbar! Deutschland hat das Spiel gewonnen! Otzil hat das Tor geschoBen. Naschte Spiel ist gegen England am Sonntag! :-) W (Sorry this computer doesn't have umlauts).

    June 23, 2010

  • Carl

    saugeil

    June 23, 2010

  • Brad

    If there are any early risers, we'll be watching the US game at Cuatros.

    June 23, 2010

  • Ulf K.

    What's also interesting is what'll happen in the two games prior that day, when Slovenia will face England and the US will face Algeria. The winner of that group will face the runner up of Germany's group. And vice versa. By the time Germany vs. Ghana will kick off, we'll know whether a second round match of Germany vs. USA is in the cards or not and what result Germany would have to get against Ghana for that to happen.

    June 21, 2010

  • Ulf K.

    For Germany to control their destiny would certainly mean winning their last group stage match ;-) Australia did play courageously against Ghana. They also were bulldozed by a German side that lost their subsequent match to Serbia. And Serbia scored a goal in regular game play, as opposed to the two penalty kick gifts that Ghana converted to goals this far against the two teams that both rank lower than Germany. Based on past performance I think there really is no alternative to Germany winning.

    June 21, 2010

  • Brad

    Agreed. Germany will go for the win, no question. I was just stating the possibilities. Australia had a good chance to beat Ghana (with 10 men) except for a PK. Serbia has scored a grand total of one goal in the tournament. As we've seen so far, anything is possible.

    June 21, 2010

  • Ulf K.

    I still don't see a tie against Ghana as a realistic option for Germany, Brad ;-) Advancing at the mercy of Australia defeating Serbia or managing a tie would be akin to Russian roulette, albeit the kind with only one empty chamber :-P I loved what the Australians showed against Ghana, but they're going to face a Serbian side playing for survival.

    June 20, 2010

  • Brad

    In case you are wondering what the situation is in group D:

    Germany still controls their own destiny heading into their final match with Ghana. If the German favorites beat Ghana, they will advance as the Group winner, simple as that. If Germany manages a draw against Ghana, they would require a Serbia - Australia draw or a Serbian loss. If Germany loses to Ghana, they are eliminated. Also, a German tie coupled with a Serbian win would also eliminate the German team.

    June 20, 2010

  • Ulf K.

    Even though I generally want all African teams to do well at this tournament, this isn't one of those games where I want to see an African success :-P

    June 20, 2010

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