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  • Klose rescues Germany with record goal

  • FORTALEZA, Brazil — Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and equaled the World Cup scoring record in the process.
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  • FORTALEZA, Brazil — Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and equaled the World Cup scoring record in the process.
    Germany was held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by Ghana on Saturday and needed Klose's second-half equalizer to avoid another second-game letdown that has plagued the team in recent tournaments.
    Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo. He celebrated the goal with his trademark somersault.
    "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."
    Just like in 2010, Germany won its opening game of the World Cup 4-0 but struggled in its second game. Four years ago, it was beaten 1-0 by Serbia, and the Germans were on the verge of losing again on Saturday. The draw was good news for the United States, however, as the Americans would advance from the group if they beats Portugal on Sunday.
    "Ghana really threw everything they had at us. It was a very animated match. Both teams had many chances, and many counterattacks," Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "That's not how the match was planned, but that's how it turned out."
    Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, less than two minutes after coming on as a substitute, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.
    Ronaldo reacted with a tweet: "Welcome to the club (hashtag)klose. I can imagine your happiness!!!! What a great Cup!!!?"
    Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st, but Ghana equalized three minutes later through Andre Ayew.
    Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put the Africans ahead in the 63rd, only to see Klose cancel out his goal.
    The 36-year-old Klose is in his fourth World Cup and had been level with former Germany striker Gerd Mueller on 14 goals. Ronaldo also scored his 15th against Ghana, in a 3-0 win in 2006 in Germany.
    With coach Joachim Loew preferring to play with a "false nine" system without a striker, Klose sat out Germany's opening 4-0 rout of Portugal. But with Ghana threatening to put a damper on Germany's hope of winning the group, Loew turned to his veteran, who delivered again.
    "I am very happy for Klose. He was on the pitch for two minutes and he scored. It's sensational for his career," Loew said. "He is a player who can come on and have a decisive impact. That's great for me, for the team, and for him."
    Still, the result revived Ghana's hopes of progressing after its opening 2-1 loss to the United States.
    "It was a good competitive game. We did our best and we had many other chances that could have produced goals," Ghana coach James Appiah said. "Ghanaians have a strong mentality when it comes to football, to fight to the end to matter what is happening. Playing against Germany is difficult especially when you are a goal down. So you have to have the right players with the right mentality on the pitch."
    Germany took the lead when Thomas Mueller sent a dipping cross toward Goetze, who attempted a header but the ball bounced off his left knee into the net.
    Germany's lead lasted only three minutes.
    Ayew rose between Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi to head the equalizer inside the far post from a cross from Harrison Affu.
    With the non-German side of crowd loudly behind the Ghana team, the African side kept putting pressure on the favored Germans. Gyan beat an offside trap by Mats Hummels and Mertesacker in the 63rd, ran into space and fired the ball past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into the far corner to raise Ghana's hopes of an upset.
    Argentina 1, Iran 0
    At Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Lionel Messi finally found a way through Iran's defensive wall with a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a narrow victory and a place in the World Cup knockout stages.
    Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the second half, creating several chances to win the Group F match and cause a tournament sensation.
    But Iran was punished for those missed chances when Messi collected the ball about 20 yards (meters) out and curled a shot into the left hand corner.
    "In the first half, we had four or five clear chances to score a goal and in the second half, they complicated things for us with counterattacks," Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said. "But having Messi resolved everything."
    Nigeria 1, Bosnia-Herzegovina 0
    At Cuiaba, Brazil, Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal sealed Nigeria's first victory in a World Cup match since 1998 and eliminated tournament newcomer Bosnia-Herzegovina from contention.
    Odemwingie finished from close range in the 29th minute after one of a string of powerful runs by fellow striker Emmanuel Emenike.
    Bosnia faded after a bright start, during which star striker Edin Dzeko had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside, and is still without a point in Group F following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in its opener.
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