Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Low Convinced Germans Will Make Last 16 While Aussies Hit out at Their Critics

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Low Convinced Germans Will Make Last 16 While Aussies Hit out at Their Critics

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GHANA v GERMANY GERMANY coach Joachim Low is confident nerves will not be an issue for his young side as they look to keep alive their World cup dream against Ghana in Johannesburg this evening.

Germany, with youngsters such Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber given key roles, could hardly have had a better start to the world Cup as they thumped Australia 4-0. But the European superpowers were brought crashing back to earth in their next match as they lost 1-0 to Serbia with Miroslav Klose sent off while Lukas Podolski missed a penalty.

It means Die Nationalmannschaft could be a shock early casualty unless they can beat Ghana tonight at Soccer City.

The pressure is on, but Low is getting a good vibe from his players, many of whom are playing in their first World Cup.

"When I talk to the players I do not get the impression they are nervous or worried after the defeat against Serbia," he said. "Although it is very young, the team has this confidence and inner conviction that it can beat Ghana.

"I think we've digested and worked on the defeat to Serbia, we're focused, we've prepared for the game against Ghana, a match which will not be easy. Ghana are a good team who have played well but we are convinced we can win this game and can get into the next round."

Meanwhile, Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac backed Kevin-Prince Boateng to be strong enough to cope with what could be an emotionally-charged clash with Germany.

The Portsmouth midfielder became public enemy number one in Germany, the country of his birth, last month after his tackle on Germany captain Michael Ballack in the FA Cup final ruled the Chelsea man out of the World Cup.

He could also his half-brother Jerome, a Germany international who has reportedly broken off contact with Kevin-Prince over the Ballack incident. HOW Ghana .............................. Germany .......................... Serbia .............................. Australia ..........................

But Rajevac said: "We have talked about this, the media created this problem. Even if there had been a problem it lies behind us. …

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