Miroslav Klose extended his right foot to score his team’s second goal during its Group G World Cup match against Ghana. The goal tied Ronaldo for the all-time World Cup lead with 15.
Francois Xavier Marit • Associated Press,
World Cup roundup: Germany's Klose tied Ronaldo's goal record in draw with Ghana
- Article by: ASSOCIATED PRESS
- June 21, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and equaled the World Cup scoring record in the process.
Germany was held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana on Saturday in Fortaleza, Brazil, and needed Klose’s second-half equalizer to avoid another second-game letdown that has plagued the team in recent tournaments.
Klose, 36, has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo. He celebrated the goal with his trademark somersault.
“It wasn’t perfect, but I can’t remember the last time I did it,” Klose said. “Still, 15 goals in 20 matches, that’s not bad.”
The result was good news for the United States, however: The Americans would advance from Group G if they beat Portugal on Sunday.
“Ghana really threw everything they had at us. It was a very animated match. Both teams had many chances, and many counterattacks,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “That’s not how the match was planned, but that’s how it turned out.”
Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, less than two minutes after coming on as a substitute, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.
Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st, but Ghana’s Andre Ayew tied it three minutes later. Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put his side ahead in the 63rd, only to see Klose counter.
Argentina 1, Iran 0: Watched from the stands by Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi only needed a few seconds to shoot Argentina into the second round of the World Cup.
Messi finally struck in injury time with a curling, left-foot shot that gave Argentina its second far-from-convincing win in Group F. Argentina also edged Bosnia 2-1 in Group F.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella conceded that Iran gave his team a tough time in the second half, “but having Messi resolved everything.”
Before the match, dozens of Jewish demonstrators held a minute’s silence, demanding justice for a still unsolved bombing attack against a Buenos Aires Jewish center 20 years ago that left 85 dead and for which Iran has been blamed.
Nigeria 1, Bosnia 0: Nigeria eliminated tournament newcomer Bosnia-Herzegovina on Peter Odemwingie’s first-half goal, putting the African champions close to the knockout stage. Odemwingie sealed Nigeria’s first victory at a World Cup since 1998 — spanning 10 matches — by finishing from close range in the 29th minute.
Star striker Edin Dzeko had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside, and had a shot deflected off the goalkeeper and then the goal post in the last seconds of the match. Bosnia is still without a point in Group F.
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