Klose breaks record

Klose Breaks Record

Klose Breaks Record

Miroslav Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break the all-time World Cup goal scoring record. Germany striker Miroslav scored in the 23rd minute in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals as Germany trashed Brazil with a convincing 7-1 scoreline to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals.

Klose goal led to him becoming the tournament’s all time leading goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 World Cup matches. Klose had moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 when he scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the FIFA World Cup Group Stages.

His close strike range in Belo Horizonte after a rebound put Germany 2-0 up in the last 4 clash and was his first goal in a World Cup Semi Finals. Klose said, “We are a team and it shows on the field. It’s also important that our set pieces bring results. You saw it again today. Toni puts the ball where it has to go every time and that’s a big strength.”

However, after scoring his goal against Brazil, in his 23rd World Cup Match, Miroslav Klose refrained from doing his trademark back flip. He explained, “I got hit in my left foor while attempting a shot and I was not able to do the flip.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has much praises for the veteran and the only true striker on the team. He said, “It really means a lot to all of us. This is a record. This is a record that could be beaten only by (Thomas) Mueller. We believe that he really deserves it. Because at his age, he is still playing at the highest possible level.”

Klose, 36, netted his first ever World Cup goal against Saudi Arabia in 2002 – a hat trick in an 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. He netted again in their next group game, a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland, before scoring the second in a 2-0 victory over Cameroon. (5 Goals)

During his home World Cup 4 years later in 2006, the forward found the net 5 times again, and was awarded the Golden Boot. He scored 2 goals in their 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, and 2 more in their final group game against Ecuador. Miroslav Klose final goal in the 2006 World Cup was a vital 80th minute equaliser against Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals, bringing the score to 1-1,with Germany eventually winning on penalties. (5 Goals)

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Klose managed 4 more strikes, 1 in their opening 4-0 victory over Australia, 1 in their 4-1 win over England in the Round Of 16 and 2 in their 4-0 demolition of Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals.

He has since played in 4 World Cups and has now scored 71 goals in his 136 appearances for Germany. A deadly finisher, Klose is considered the best German striker of his generation, along with his tremendous sense of fair play.

Klose World Cup Goals

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Germany Deny Algeria

Germany Deny Algeria

Germany Deny Algeria In Extra Time

Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil each scored in extra time to send Germany into the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil following a real test of their credentials against Algeria.

The Algerians posed a threat throughout the game, and had opportunities to put Joachim Loew’s team to the sword, but in the end, Germany broke the deadlock with Schuerrle and Ozil’s goals and ensured that Germany didn’t suffer a shock exit. Abdel Djabou managed to score a last-gasp consolation goal for his side.

Algeria started the game pressing high and attacking Germany. They came close to scoring within 10 minutes when Manuel Neuer was caught out of position rushing off his line to stop an attack. Islam Slimani looked set to leave the keeper in his wake 40 yards out from his goal post, but Neuer managed a last ditch tackle to spare himself from embarrassment.

The Algerians continued their attack, with Sofiane Feghouli seeing his wonderful offside diving header correctly disallowed. Germany regained control of the game towards the end of the 1st half and continued that control in the 2nd half. Yet Algeria retained a sharp threat on the break and were unlucky not to find the net when Sofiane Feghouli fizzed a shot across the face of goal.

Thomas Mueller passed up a chance to score the winner 10 minutes from time, when the Bayern Munich man headed straight at Rais M’Bohli from an unmarked position 10 yards out. Halliche was on hand to clear Schuerrle’s rebound off the line. Bastian Schweinsteiger was also wasteful from an almost identical position, guiding a weak header into the arms of the Algerian keeper, with just seconds of regulation time remaining.

Just minutes of moving into extra time, Andre Schuerrle found the net with an improvised finish from Mueller’s cross. Mesut Ozil added a second in the second half of extra time, no doubt sending Germany into the Quarter Finals, with Djabou scoring a late consolation goal.

Pogba Scores As France Oust Nigeria

A late Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal ensured France progressed into the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil, with a 2-0 victory against Nigeria, as France avoided an upset at the hands of a dangerous Nigeria side.

France Algeria 2014

The African champions had threatened a shock throughout the game, but France’s quality told in the end, with Paul Pogba making the most of a Victor Enyeama mistake to head home at the back post. The win was wrapped up in stoppage time, when Joseph Yobo deflected Antoine Griezmann’s effort into his own net, sealing a 2-0 victory for Les Bleus.

With this victory, France march into the Quarter Finals and face Germany in the last eight.