Klose equals record, Argentina advances

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Iran’s forward Ashkan Dejagah (L) and Iran’s defender Mehrdad Pooladi tackle Argentina’s forward and captain Lionel Messi (C) during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte in the 2014 FIFA WorldCup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO

Iran’s forward Ashkan Dejagah (L) and Iran’s defender Mehrdad Pooladi tackle Argentina’s forward and captain Lionel Messi (C) during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte in the 2014 FIFA WorldCup in Brazil.
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FORTALEZA, Brazil: Miroslav Klose hit a World Cup record-equaling 15th goal as Germany fought back to claim a 2-2 draw with Ghana on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

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In other matches, a moment of individual brilliance from Argentina captain Lionel Messi steered his team into the last 16 in a victory over Iran, while Bosnia were knocked out after a controversial 1-0 loss to Nigeria.

Klose had only been on the pitch as a substitute for two minutes in Fortaleza when he jabbed home Germany’s equalizer and joined Brazilian great Ronaldo on top of the all-time scoring charts.

The 36-year-old Lazio struck in the 71st minute of a thrilling Group G game at the Castelao Stadium after goals from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan had fired Ghana into a 2-1 lead.

Mario Gotze had given Germany the lead, heading in off his own knee on 51 minutes after a goalless first half.

But Ghana struck back brilliantly, leveling through Ayew’s 54th minute header before Asamoah fired the Black Stars into the lead.

The result left the Germans, who beat Portugal 4-0 in their opening match, on top of Group G with four points.

Ghana, beaten by the United States in their first game, have one point heading into their final match with Portugal next week.

Earlier, Messi scored a brilliant injury time winner as Argentina overcame Iran 1-0 in Belo Horizonte to squeeze into the second round.

Four-time world player of the year Messi curled in a sublime shot from just outside the area in the first minute of stoppage time to break Iranian hearts in the Group F battle.

The Argentina captain had been largely anonymous for much of the match as Iran frustrated the South American giants at the Mineirao Stadium.

AFP

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