1 – Germany won the only previous World Cup meeting between these two four years ago in South Africa. Mesut Özil’s sweet strike ensured Joachim Löw’s side were group winners.
2 – Ghana have made it out of the group stage in both previous World Cups they have qualified for.
4 – Ghana are winless in four World Cup matches against previous champions. They lost 2-0 to Italy and 3-0 to Brazil in 2006 before losing 1-0 to Germany in 2010, and then going out on penalties in the quarter-finals to Uruguay after a 1-1 draw.
6 – Germany have won their group at each of the last six World Cups
8 – Thomas Müller has scored 8 goals in 7 World Cup matches including a hat-trick in their opener at this World Cup.
14 – Miroslav Klose is one goal away from tying Ronaldo’s World Cup record 15 goals. The 36-year old did not feature in Germany’s 4-0 thumping of Portugal.
17% – Germany have only ever lost 1 of their 6 World Cup matches against African nations. This was a 2-1 loss to Algeria in Spain ’82. They have won 4 and drawn 1 of the other fixtures.
19 – Germany have lost only 1 of their last 19 group stage matches at the World Cup. Four years ago they were beaten 1-0 by Serbia. They have won 14 and drawn the other 4.
50% – Ghana have won 2 and lost 2 of the previous four meetings with European nations in World Cups. In Germany 2006 they lost to Italy and then beat the Czech Republic. Four years ago in South Africa they beat Serbia and then lost to Germany.
67% – 4 of the last 6 goals Ghana have conceded at a World Cup have come from set pieces. German-born John Brooks headed in a late corner to give USA a winning start.