1. Thomas Muller Can Be Just As Effective Outside The Box
After his exhibition of the goal-poacher’s art against Portugal in Salvador – where he also showed another, darker part of his game – Thomas Muller was able to demonstrate that he’s more than just Germany’s one true ‘False 9’ here.
His drift out wide to set up Mario Gotze’s goal came at a time when his country desperately needed a strike, and proved that this World Cup is showcasing the 24-year-old as not just a great goalscorer, but also a great player.
2. Germany’s Defence Is A Worry
The Germans were part of a group of four established favourites for the World Cup before the tournament started. Of the other three, Argentina haven’t convinced, the same can be noted of Brazil, and the less said about Spain the better.
That left Germany as the shrewd choice following their opening win over Portugal, but they showed a vulnerability at the back here which will be of great concern to coach Joachim Low. A 1-0 lead became a 2-1 deficit inside 10 minutes, the sort of defending not befitting world champions.
3. Ghana Could Be Rueing Their USA Defeat For Years
This is a vibrant, talented Ghana group which is probably better than the one that reached the quarter-finals four years ago given the development of some players and the younger talents that have replaced others.
Had they managed to hold on for a draw in their opening match against the USA in Natal they would now have a huge chance to qualify, but the careless concession of that winning goal to defender John Brooks now puts them up against it heading in their last match in Brasilia. In such an attacking, chaotic World Cup they could have gone far. They might still do.
4. Miroslav Klose Can Still Do It
He can only just about do the somersault these days, but when Germany needed a goal then they were always going to turn to the 36-year-old Miroslav Klose. He was always going to deliver as well.
The forward’s 15th World Cup finals goal tied him with Ronaldo at the top of the charts, and was a strike like so many of the others.
Right place, right time. Don’t be surprised if that record is broken over the next few weeks.
5. The Boateng Brothers Weren’t The Star Siblings On Show
That honour went to Ghana’s Andre and Jordan Ayew, the former of whom scored the header which dragged his side level, whilst the latter was an extremely lively substitute who can feel unfortunate not to have started the game.
Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng may have been on different sides, but the Ayews were the real sibling story of this one.