Germany striker Miroslav Klose tied Ronaldo De Lima’s record of World Cup finals goals at 15 on Saturday, as Germany forced Ghana to a 2-all draw at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
The 36-year-old Lazio striker scored with his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute, as coach Joachim Loew’s men came from behind to snatch a point from their opponents.
Klose’s strike from a yard out means he is now level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 goals. Ironically, both players scored their 15th strikes against Ghana- Ronaldo’s, back in the 2006 Germany World Cup.
Mario Gotze uncharacteristically headed Germany in the ascendancy six minutes after the interval, but Olympique des Marseilles forward Andre Ayew drew the West Africans level before Asamoah Gyang pulled the ‘Black Stars’ ahead- becoming the first African to score in three World Cup finals.
Germany coach Loew did not hesitate to turn to the experienced striker for results and Klose’s inclusion paid off one time, prodding in to keep his side top of Group G.
Ghana’s chances of progressing beyond the group stage are very much in their hands, banking on a possible win over Portugal to claim only their second knock-out stage berth.
Germany moved on to four point on the summit of the group standings, but again failed to win their second game of a World Cup since attaining that feat once 20 years ago in the United States of America.