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USA coach Klinsmann denies plot to draw with Germany to ditch Ghana at World Cup

Published on: 24 June 2014
Klinsmann and Loew are close friends and both are Germans

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been forced to deny a possible conspiracy with Germany to draw Thursday's World Cup match that would deny Ghana the chance of advancing to the knock-out phase of the tournament in Brazil.

A draw between the USA and Germany would guarantee World Cup advancement to both nations but fears of collusion are high following West Germany match with Austria which denied Algeria a place in the knock out phase of the World Cup.

Following Portugal's 95th-minute goal in a 2-2 draw on Sunday, the Americans and Germany both have four points. Portugal and Ghana have one apiece.

A draw on Thursday in Recife would clinch first place in Group G for the Germans, who have a superior goal difference, and second for the U.S.

Portugal and Ghana, who play simultaneously in Brasilia, would be eliminated.

Add in that U.S coach Jurgen Klinsmann helped West Germany win its third World Cup title in 1990. And that he coached Germany to third place in the 2006 tournament.

And that his top assistant then was Joachim Loew, who is now their homeland's coach.

It's more than enough to send the suspicious into overdrive.

''I don't think that we are made for draws, really, except if it happens like tonight - two late goals, last seconds,'' Klinsmann said.

''I think both teams go into this game and they want to win the group.''

Portugal went ahead when Geoff Cameron's wayward clearance gifted Nani a fifth-minute goal, but Jermaine Jones scored in the 64th and Clint Dempsey in the 81st to build a 2-1 lead for the U.S.

Then Varela scored on a diving header off a cross from two-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo with 30 seconds left in five minutes of stoppage time.

Now the U.S. may need a point against Germany to advance.

The Americans could clinch with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game.

Comments

  • Kwesi says:
    June 24, 2014 10:18 pm
    Who brought kweku bonsam to Brazil?he is just disgracing us. The almighty GOD that we serve can only see the Black stars through NOT a fetish priest.
  • Gozo james says:
    June 24, 2014 11:47 am
    Let us remove all these suspicions. We messed up by not taking our chances. Depending on other people for a favour would not do. We have to accept that this may not be our year and move on just like the other teams.
  • Mumbi says:
    June 24, 2014 12:29 pm
    Klinsman has all the rights to support his country Germany and would like to see both USA and his country progress. Loew also wants his country man Klinsman success. Ghana failed on their own and its foolish to think Klinsman and Loew could hate each other. Its no match fixing here but love for your country to progress and your own success as a coach.
  • macony ,U.S says:
    June 24, 2014 12:57 pm
    DRAW IS CERTAIN WITH U.S AND GERMANY. ALL GHANAIANS ARE AWARE. SO OUR SPIRITS ARE DOWN AND SOME US ALREADY SICK. ALSO I THINK JORDAN SHOULD NOT BE CONDEMNED BECAUSE HE MAY BE A DIE HARD STRIKER FOR US IN THE FUTURE BUT MUST BEEN GIVEN SOME PUNISHMENT FOR MAKING GHANAIANS HOME AND ABROAD SICK WITH HIS SELFISHNESS AS THESE WILL SERVE HIM SOME LESSON. ABEDI THE FATHER SHOULD ALSO DO US FAVOR TO TALK TO HIM. HONESTLY HE KILLED US BUT I STILL BELIEVE IS A STRIKER IN THE MAKING IF HE GETS SELFLESS
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 12:57 pm
    We have ourselves to blame ,if we had taken our chances and won at least one of two matches played so far,we wouldn't care about any match fixing.
  • paul says:
    June 24, 2014 01:00 pm
    We are out buddies! No plenty talk. We are just out of Brazil 2014 period.
  • NABI says:
    June 24, 2014 02:19 pm
    Ghana must concentrate on beating Portugal,cos every other outcome is beyond our control.What we ve power to influence is de result against Portugal.Instead planning n plotting how to get out of this group by prioritizing our 1st two games,we took things for granted as though we had won de worldcup severally like de Brazils n Italys..THE USMNT STARTED TRAINING,MTHS B4 THE WORLD CUP COMMENCE AND THEY TAG/BILLED THEIR MATCH AGAINST THE WORLD CUP FINAL...WHAT DID GH DO?,WE WERE COMPLACENT,ARROGANT AND OBLIVIOUS OF THE ABILITIES OF OUR OPPONENTS TO THE EXTENT THAT OUR INEPT COACH DECIDED TO EXPERIMENT IN THAT SUPPOSED WC FINAL AGAINST USMNT,THE RESULTS ARE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE NOW...WE ARE NOW CRYING FOUL,AM SURE WE WUD HAVE PLAYED FOR A DRAW IF WE WERE IN THEIR SHOES..FIRST THINGS FIRST,BEAT PORTUGAL SO IF ANY OF GERMANY/USA SLIPS UP,THEN WE CAN PROGRESS WITH OUR MEAGRE 4PTS...ATLEAST A WIN WILL BOOST OUR FIFA RANKING AFTER THE TOURNAMENT...JOKERS!!JUST LIKE UR GOVT.
  • watchin9jadelta says:
    June 24, 2014 03:01 pm
    funy ghanaians 4get it! jst Prepare for d next worldcupfuny ghanaians 4get it! jst Prepare for d next worldcup
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 07:23 pm
    Thank you sir for your honest opinion.
  • FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:
    June 24, 2014 07:51 pm
    If u call AA inept, then what would u call the coaches of England, Spain, Portugal, Italy with all their top stars? Oh ungrateful Ghanaian.
  • mira says:
    June 24, 2014 09:41 pm
    Ghanaians should just leave Jordan Ayew alone ,what is the probability that A. Gyan would have scored that goal if de ball had been passed to him.Lets just forge ahead on how to beat Portugal and c wat happens on de other side thus Germany and USA game if we hav a chance of moving on to the nxt stage.God bless Ghana ,God bless the black stars
  • Houston says:
    June 25, 2014 01:29 am
    I believe we are not out yet. There will be a miracle someway somehow to see us qualify for the round of 16. Mark my words!!!!!!! Go BlackStars! Go Ghana!! Go Africa!!!
  • Nana NY says:
    June 25, 2014 02:24 am
    Houston, Say that again. What is this match is fixed and in the last minute US score an own goal. I strongly believe something like that is going to happen
  • Sirius_Blaq says:
    June 25, 2014 02:45 pm
    Own goal indeed.....Ghana shud jus beat portugal by a wide margin...atleast we ll finish 3rd with pride despite failure 2 reach last 16