Messi scores winner, Klose ties Ronaldo's record

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Miroslav Klose scored a World Cup goal for the record books. Lionel Messi grabbed a late winner to put Argentina into the round of 16.

Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from its first World Cup with a 1-0 win, with Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage.

Klose's 15th World Cup goal matched Brazilian great Ronaldo's record tally on football's greatest stage, more importantly for his team, it secured a 2-2 draw for Germany against a spirited Ghana team.

The 36-year-old Klose, came off the bench in the second half for his first action in his fourth World Cup, had been level with former Germany striker Gerd Mueller on 14 goals.

Klose celebrated his landmark goal with a trademark somersault.

"It was complete, but I can't remember the last time I did it," Klose said of the backflip. "Still, 15 goals in 20 matches, that's not bad. But the important thing is to play well against the United States."

Germany's draw means the United States would advance from Group G if it beats Portugal on Sunday.

Kept out for 90 minutes by Iran's stubborn defense, Messi finally struck in injury time Saturday with a curling, left-foot shot that gave Argentina its second far-from-convincing win in Brazil, beating Iran 1-0 after edging Bosnia 2-1 in Group F.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella conceded that Iran gave his team a tough time in the second half, "But having Messi resolved everything."

So far, the Barcelona wizard is the only Argentine player to score in Brazil and he is as vital to his team as previous No. 10 Diego Maradona was when he scored five and created five more of Argentina's 14 goals as the country lifted the World Cup in 1986.

Maradona was watching in Belo Horizonte as Argentina struggled to break down Iran and goalkeeper Sergio Romero kept his team in the match with a finger-tip save on Fulham forward Ashkan Dejagah's second-half header.

Germany's thrilling clash with Ghana was far more open.

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