Germany celebrate crucial win

Germany have stated their case for a place in the last 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007, Heiko Herrlich's side defeating Ghana 3-2 in their second Group F match at the Cheonan Sports Complex on Thursday 23 August.

The young German side put the Africans under pressure from the first whistle and were rewarded for their positive attitude by a fifth-minute goal, Sascha Bigalke converting from Dennis Dowidat's pass. The outstanding playmaker Toni Kroos increased his team's lead just seven minutes later when his free-kick from 20 yards out first hit the post before bouncing in off Ghana keeper Joseph Addo.

Kroos made it 3-0 for Germany and a brace for himself in the 27 minute, curling the ball beyond Addo after a through ball from Bigalke. The Black Starlets looked dangerous with several long-distance shots in what was a high-tempo first period, but on each occasion they either went narrowly wide or were parried by German keeper Fabian Giefer.

The action was end-to-end in the second half as well, Ghana charging out of the blocks after the break and mounting a furious onslaught on the German goal in the hope of clawing back the deficit. Ransford Osei and Sadick Adams grabbed two goals in the space of a minute to make it 3-2 and were unlucky not to get an equaliser, Ishamel Yartey going agonisingly close from a free-kick and an effort from distance.

It was a hectic closing period for Germany after Konstantin Rausch was shown a red card, but they held on for the win and now have every chance of a place in the last 16. Meanwhile Ghana have it all to do against Colombia in what promises to be a tough last group match.