• Germany 2-2 Ghana, World Cup

Klose equals record to deny Ghana

ESPN staff
June 21, 2014
Miroslav Klose came off the bench to make it 15 World Cup goals © Getty Images

Miroslav Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal to salvage a 2-2 draw for Germany after Ghana had fought back from a goal down in Fortaleza.

Mario Gotze opened the scoring only for Ghana to respond through Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, but Klose came off the bench to clinch a point and also equal former Brazil international Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup goals.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was forced into two smart saves in the first half, parrying away powerful shots from Christian Atsu and then Sulley Muntari.

At the other end, Germany struggled to break down Ghana, with shot-stopper Fatawu Dauda easily dealing with efforts from Sami Khedira and Gotze.

Gotze broke the deadlock on 51 minutes thanks to Thomas Muller's teasing delivery, as the midfielder's header deflected off his own knee before finding its way past Dauda.

Ghana equalised just three minutes later when Harrison Afful crossed into the box and substitute Andre Ayew rose to glance a header into the corner for his second of the tournament.

And their comeback was complete just beyond the hour mark as Gyan latched onto Sulley Muntari's through ball, steadied himself and then steered the ball into the far corner.

But Germany hit back in Fortaleza. Klose came off the bench to make it 2-2 as the experienced striker slid in from close range, clinching a draw and taking the striker beyond compatriot Gerd Muller's 14 World Cup goals.

The result means Germany are top of Group G on four points after two games. The United States, meanwhile, will progress from the group if they beat Portugal on Sunday.

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