Ghana still have a chance says Mensah


Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah insists his side are still in with a chance of progression to the Last 16 as they prepare to take on Portugal in their final Group G fixture tonight.

Following their opening 2-1 loss defeat to the United States, the Black Stars proved their worth on the international stage with a thrilling 2-2 draw with one of the World Cup favourites Germany.

“It was brilliant, it was one of our best performances, and that is why we drew the game,” Mensah told FIFA.com. “We didn’t lose, so that was a good result.

“We were playing against the second-best team on the FIFA Coca-Cola World Ranking – it’s not easy.

“But we were ready for the game and we did our best. We did better than we did in the first game, when we made a slow start, so it was a good performance.”

The draw has given Ghana hope of joining fellow African side Nigeria in the Last 16 of the competition, yet qualification is somewhat out of their own hands – they will need to beat Portugal to be on level points with the USA, who Germany will need to beat convincingly in order for the Black Stars to go through on goal difference.

“We are going into the game with this full mentality: we want to win, we don't care about the other result, because at the end of the day we are playing, so we just go out there and just win this game,” said the 23-year-old.

“The outcome of the other game is going to be [crucial], but we're just looking at us first.”

And Mensah believes his side can still do it.

“Yes, there's still belief, because we just need to win,” he said.

“We're not thinking about the other result, because anything can happen, so we're just focussing on us.”

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