DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany controls the ball in the air during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Ozil, Germany Down Ghana 1-0, Win Group D

Germany can still win Group D with a victory over Ghana, but for a soccer program that has been legendarily consistent, successful in World Cups, the prospect of an early exit give this match more intrigue than was anticipated.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Ghana: Mesut Ozil Puts Germany Top Of Group D

A second half curler from Mesut Ozil, slicing the ball around Richard Kingson from 20 yards out, gave Germany a 1-0 win over Ghana and first place in Group D.

Ghana also advances to the knockout stage of World Cup 2010, their goal difference allowing the Black Stars to advance on a tiebreaker over Australia.

Germany looked the better side throughout, creating more opportunities before Ozil’s 60th minute opener. While Kevin Prince Boateng had gone closest in the first half by flicking on a corner that Philipp Lahm saved off the line, Ozil nearly put Germany ahead when put through on goal, only to have Kingson come off his line to smother his shot from 16 yards out.

In the second half, Özil made amends with his curling left-footer, putting Germany up to stay, winning the Germans the group with six points.

Ghana finishes second in Group D on four points, winning the goal difference tiebreaker with Australia. They will take on the United States in the Round of 16.

Germany moves on to take on England.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Ghana: Mesut Ozil 20-Yard Shot Makes It 1-0 Germany

Attacking midfielder Mesut Özil has put Germany up 1-0 and temporarily top of Group D, him left-footed shot from 20 yards out reclaiming the group for the favorites.

Ghana had held Germany in check through the first hour until Özil was spotted at the top of the arc. The midfielder calmly curled a ball inside Richard Kingson’s right post to put Germany up 1-0.

The goal means Germany would win Group D if current results hold and face England in the Round of 16. With Serbia and Australia tied 0-0, Ghana would go through as the group’s second place team, to play the United States in the next round.

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