World Cup: Germany reveals top football’s secret weapon

He was a right-wing rocket Wednesday evening in Dortmund, providing the key pass for the injury time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 win over Poland and brought the World Cup host to the brink of advancing to the last 16.

Odonkor was sent on by coach Juergen Klinsmann in the 64th minute. After a few promising runs on the right flank and with time running out, Odonkor sent in a sharp, dipping, perfectly timed cross into the box and the sliding striker Oliver Neuville prodded the ball home for the winning goal, the AP reports.

While several players mobbed Neuville, Odonkor ran to the sidelines to embrace Klinsmann.

Klinsmann surprised most Germans when he included Odonkor in his 23-man World Cup squad in May. Odonkor had never played for Germany and had two goals in two seasons for Dortmund.