Klose sets record that compounds Brazil's defeat

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm •  Published: July 8, 2014
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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Miroslav Klose found perhaps the only way to make matters worse for Brazil.

On a night when Germany routed the host nation 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, Klose also became the tournament's all-time record scorer — surpassing Brazil great Ronaldo.

Klose scored Germany's second goal in the 23rd minute, giving him 16 career World Cup goals. It broke the mark of 15 goals he shared with the retired Ronaldo, who worked the game as a TV commentator.

Klose scored after a corner by Toni Kroos. His first effort was parried by Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but Klose calmly stroked the rebound home.

The 36-year-old Lazio striker, playing at his fourth World Cup, also scored in Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana in the group stage when he came off the bench to get Germany back into the contest.

Given the occasion in Belo Horizonte, a special celebration was surely in the works. But Klose refrained even from doing his trademark back flip to mark the goal, which came in his 23rd World Cup match.

"I got hit in my left foot while attempting a shot and I was not able to do the flip," Klose said.

While Klose played down the record and attributed his scoring record to Germany's teamwork and strong set piece, coach Joachim Loew praised the veteran striker.

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