One of the first photographs of Rob I ever saw features him wearing a Germany soccer sweatshirt, his hand risen in the air, indicating the number 1. That was 1990 the last year that Germany won the World Cup. Every four years, Rob turns into a soccer fanatic. And I become a soccer widow, according to my sister Lisa. All other events come second to the soccer series.
Today, we invited Rob's sister Ingrid and her family over for a World Cup game. Thomas put on his Deutschland shirt, Rob put on his green soccer shirt. My niece showed up in her white German soccer shirt, with her name on the back. My nephew was wearing his sister's old soccer shirt. My sister in law wore a red, black and gold cap. My brother in law also wore a Germany shirt.
Today's game matched up Germany with Ghana. Germany had already won their first game versus Portugal in a convincing 4-0 final score. Ghana had lost to the United States in its previous game. In the first half, Ghana seemed to dominate. They managed to score twice. But in the second half, Germany came to life. And with it, Rob. A young newcomer named Gotze scored a header. But Ghana came back with not one but two goals. Germany seemed to be losing its momentum.
Then Germany substituted one player for a veteran player, Klose. He was on fire! Within about two minutes he scored (and our house shook as Rob screamed). The 36 year old Klose did a flip to celebrate the goal which tied him for the most World Cup goals ever scored. The match was tied.
Even though Germany managed to get several more shots on net, they weren't able to capitalize on them. The game ended with a free kick in which German Thomas Mueller collided with a Ghana player, the former ending up with a bloody face. Hopefully, Mueller is okay, especially considering he was the one who had a hat trick in the last match up. We have a rest now until Thursday when Germany plays the United States. Fellow Brantfordites, if you hear screaming, you know Germany's scored.