Miroslav Klose equals World Cup record as Germany draw with Ghana

Miroslav Klose equals World Cup record as Germany draw with Ghana

Miroslav Klose equals World Cup record as Germany draw with Ghana

Written by Staff Writer

22 Jun, 2014 | 2:57 pm

Miroslav Klose became the joint record scorer in World Cup history as he rescued Germany a point from a breathless and dramatic game with Ghana at Estadio Castelao.

First-half chances were scarce for both sides but Germany appeared to have found their flow just minutes into the second as Mario Gotze stooped to bundle home Thomas Muller’s inviting cross, heading it against his own knee and beyond Fatau Dauda to break the deadlock.

However, their lead lasted little more than two minutes as Ghana soon hit back when Harrison Afful’s pin-point cross from the right was met by the leaping Andre Ayew who powered it beyond Manuel Neuer.

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Kwesi Appiah’s men were growing in confidence and they took the lead nine minutes later as Sulley Muntari’s through ball took Mats Hummels out of the game and Asamoah Gyan raced free to fire past Neuer.

Joachim Low looked to change the flow of the clash as he introduced Bastian Schweinsteiger and Klose with around 20 minutes remaining, and it was the latter who made an instant impact as he turned in Benedikt Howedes’ flick-on from close range following a Toni Kroos corner.

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The goal, scored from a yard out, means Klose is now level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 goals.

Ghana keep alive their chances of qualification for the last 16 but will have to beat Portugal in their final game to have a chance.

Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal to give Nigeria a victory that means World Cup debutants Bosnia-Hercegovina will not progress from Group F.

The Stoke player struck in the first half to give Nigeria their first win at a World Cup finals since 1998.

Nigeria will reach the knockout stages if they get a point against Argentina, or if Iran fail to beat Bosnia.

 

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