Jun 21, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Germany
2-2
Ghana
Gotze (52'), Klose (72')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ayew (55'), Gyan (63')
Muntari (90')

Per Mertesacker: 'Ghana are dangerous opposition'

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Stoke during their Premier League match on September 22, 2013
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Germany defender Per Mertesacker warns his side that they must be tactically "clever" when they face Ghana on Saturday evening.

Germany defender Per Mertesacker has revealed that he is expecting a tough match when his team face Ghana on Saturday evening.

Joachim Low's side thrashed Portugal 4-0 to take control of Group G, while Ghana conceded a late goal to USA to fall to a 2-1 defeat.

However, despite their contrasting fortunes, Mertesacker, who will win his 100th cap in Forteleza, has insisted that his team can't afford to be complacent against the Black Stars.

The 29-year-old told the Germany Football Association website: "I think African teams, in general, play very physically. They also have an incredible strength in one-on-one situations.

"I think that is part of their mentality. They are very dangerous so we have to play very, very clever tactically. We should try to avoid those one-on-one fights."

Victory for Germany would all but secure their place in the last 16.

Thomas Muller celebrates scoring his hattrick for Germany in their World Cup opening game against Portugal on June 16, 2014.
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