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Kevin-Prince Boateng starts for Ghana

Saturday - 6/21/2014, 4:14pm  ET

Ghana's Christian Atsu, from left, Harrison Afful and Majeed Waris warm up during an official training session the day before the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) -- Germany central defender Mats Hummels was in the starting lineup for the Group G match against Ghana, which started with Germany-based striker Kevin-Prince Boateng and kept midfield star Michael Essien on the bench after he fought to return to fitness from a toe injury.

Boateng's half-brother Jerome was in the Germany lineup, making it the second time they play against each other at a World Cup.

Coach James Appiah also switched goalkeepers to start with Fatau Dauda, while defender Daniel Opare is out injured.

Hummels was doubtful because of a thigh injury but coach Joachim Loew stuck with the 11 that beat Portugal 4-0.

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Germany: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Hoewedes, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Mario Goetze.

Ghana: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Rabiu Mohammed, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Sulley Muntari, Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan.


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