Germany striker Miroslav Klose left the bench to save his team with a 2-2 draw against Ghana and equaled Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals during an exciting Saturday Group G game.
It was a difficult and exhausting match for both teams. Unfortunately for Germans, they have once again lost the second round of the World Cup, and their record stays at only one victory since 1990.
Meanwhile Ghana played a superb match and looked much better than they did against utterly defensive USA side. Ghana were exploiting empty space repeatedly and they constantly kept Germany under threat.
“The first half was a well-organized match. In the second half, suddenly you saw a terrific pace by both teams. It was an open exchange of punches as it were. Ghana had possibilities, we had possibilities,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew.
However, the major thrill came in the seconds half with four goals. Mario Götze gave Germany the lead in the 51st minute before Ghana turned the match on its head three minutes later with a strike from Andre Ayew.
Ghana’s captain, Asamoah Gyan picked his spot in the 63rd after being played through by Sulley Muntari.
“For the spectators it must have been terribly fascinating seeing such an intense and fast game, having two teams just running. An unconditional drive for the victory,” Loew said. “For a coach it’s just the same, up and down, the seesaw just as it is for the spectators.
The Germans have a very good team,” said the Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah. “Saying that I believe in my players, there was no way I was going to sit back to let them attack me. I always believe the best form of defence is attack.”
But Miroslav Klose stole Ghana’s thunder, as he not only equalized the score to 2-2 in the 71st minute, but also scored his 15th goal of his remarkable World Cup career and edged level with the Brazilian Ronaldo at the top of the all-time table.
The 36-year-old player, participating in his fourth World Cup, had been level with the former Germany striker Gerd Müller with 14 goals. Ronaldo also scored his 15th against Ghana, in 2006 in Germany.
The 36-year-old celebrated his goal with a summersault, reminiscent of his younger days. He landed on his backside but it hardly seemed to matter as his jubilant team mates buried him under a pile of bodies.
“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.”
Ronaldo was quick to tweet his congratulations about the record having previously said: “Please cast a tiny spell on Klose. That would be good, so that Klose scores no goals here. I will pray with all my powers that he does not break the record.”
Klose now has 70 international goals to his name from 133 games. It is a remarkable record and he had been tied with Mueller in the World Cup list since he scored twice in a 4-0 quarter-final win over Argentina four years ago in Cape Town.