[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ermany coach Joachim Low was in full praise of Miroslav Klose after the striker not only helped Germany get a point against Ghana in the 2-2 draw, but achieved a personal landmark as well. Klose equalled Brazilian striker Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals in World Cup finals just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute for Mario Gotze. Low said:
“I’m awfully happy for Klose – he was on the pitch for two minutes and scored. But it’s sensational for me to have this kind of player on the bench knowing they can make a decisive move.”
Klose, who started his scoring record in World Cups in the 2002 edition, was in danger of missing out on Ronaldo’s record at the last moment. At 36, he is unlikely to take part in the next World Cup. The Lazio striker has scored these 15 goals in just 20 matches compared to the 19 matches of Ronaldo. The Brazilian striker tweeted:
“Welcome to the club Klose. I can imagine how happy you are. What a nice World Cup!”
Germany were in danger of conceding a shock defeat at the hands of Ghana after the African team had scored two quick goals in response to Mario Gotze’s goal early in the first half. Ghana had several opportunities to finish of the game, but their failure to take those chances were punished heavily by the clinical Miroslav Klose. The former Bayern Munich man may not have a great record at club level, but he proved yesterday that he was completely deserving of the 133 appearances he has made for Germany.
It was a momentous occasion for Miroslav Klose, who only recently went past legend Gerd Muller’s record of 68 goals for the German national team.
The draw against Ghana still leaves Germany in a strong position, but they need to win against the USA in their final match to be sure of qualification.