Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm has opened up on Die Mannschaft’s run to claiming the 2014 Fifa World Cup title in Brazil, selecting the 2-2 stalemate with Ghana among his three unique games.
The European giants handed Argentina a 1-0 defeat in the final, having earlier overcome Algeria, France and Brazil in the knockout stages.
Ghana remained the only side to have avoided defeat against the Germans at the tournament, a game which came in between a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal and a 1-0 defeat of the USA in their first and last group matches respectively.
“Every game was different,” Lahm told the Times of India.
“Take the first match against Portugal, we developed an idea of how to beat them and everything worked perfectly. We were dominant, we overran the opposition and scored the goals in the right moments. That obviously gives you a lot of confidence.”
In a match considered as one of the most entertaining at the tournament, Germany watched the Black Stars come from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead, before Miroslav Klose restored parity in the 71st minute.
Mario Gotze had first put the Germans ahead on 51 minutes, but Andre Ayew and skipper Asamoah Gyan scored to turn the game around within 12 minutes.
“Then we played Ghana,” Lahm continued. “The situation was the same. We were dominant, we pressurised them but failed to score. It was a tough game in which we took the lead but afterwards conceded.
“They started to believe in their chances and we had to make sure that we somehow regained control. You can only do that if you have experienced players who have the ability to show their quality in difficult situations.”
The Bayern Munich defender also went on to speak about their 7-1 demolishing of Brazil in the semi-finals.