Ghana vs Germany – teams announced
Boateng siblings both start in a World Cup first, while Cacau leads the line for Germany
World Cup history will be made when two brothers line up against each other in a match, with Jerome Boateng for Germany and Kevin-Prince Boateng for Ghana. The siblings’ game kicks off at 7.30pm.
The German Boateng will replace Holger Badstuber at left-back and, in the team’s only other change, Joachim Low brings in Cacau for the suspended Miroslav Klose as Germany search for the win required to send them through to the knock-out stages.
Ghana, who are 6/1 to win, recall fully-fit captain John Mensah for the young defender Lee Addy.
Isaac Vorsah hasn’t recovered, though, and, in a commentator’s nightmare, Mensah’s namesake Jonathan partners the Sunderland man at centre-back.
The draw, which would be good enough for the Black Stars, is 3/1.
The winners of this match will likely face England in the round of 16, an inspiring proposition for Germany, who are 7/1 to win the World Cup.
Lukas Podolski, 16/1 fifth-favourite for the tournament’s Golden Shoe, also starts.
Ghana’s two-goal hero Asamoah Gyan begins and is 8/1 to bag the first goal.
The teams in full:
Kingson, Paintsil, John Mensah (Captain), Jonathan Mensah, Sarpei, Annan, Asamoah, K-P Boateng, Tagoe, A Ayew, Gyan
Neuer, Lahm (Captain), Friedrich, Mertesacker, J Boateng, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Kheidira, Muller, Cacau, Podolski