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World Cup PHOTOS: Record-equalling Klose salvages draw for Germany

Last updated on: June 22, 2014 03:32 IST

World Cup PHOTOS: Ghana hold Germany to a thrilling 2-2 draw

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Germany striker Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th World Cup goal and salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana in a pulsating Group G game on Saturday.

Klose, with his first touch of the game, poked home at the back post from a corner in the 71st minute to move level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo.

This was the 800th match in the history of the World Cup and was a fitting tribute to the tournament.

It also marked Per Mertesacker's 100th German cap and also saw the Boateng half-brothers face each other for the second World Cup in a row. Jerome played the first half for Germany while Kevin-Prince played for Ghana.

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Image: Miroslav Klose scores Germany's second goal past Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda
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After a cautious, evenly-balanced first half, the match came alive in the 51st minute with Mario Goezte putting the Germans ahead with a downward header that came off his knee before beating Fatawu Dauda in the Ghanaian goal.

Ghana sit third in the group on one point with United States (three points), playing bottom side Portugal on Sunday

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Image: Mario Goetze of Germany scores his team's first goal
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Ghana responded immediately as Andre Ayew levelled scores three minutes later.

Ayew rose between German defenders Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi to head Ghana's first goal off a cross from Harrison Affu.

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Image: Andre Ayew celebrates scoring Ghana's first goal
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Captain Asamoah Gyan gave Ghana a shock lead in the 63rd minute when he lashed home past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer following a great interception and pass by Sulley Muntari.

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Image: Asamoah Gyan (front) celebrates scoring Ghana's second goal with team mates
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Germany coach Joachim Loew turned to experience, throwing on Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger and it proved an inspired switch with Klose netting the goal that keeps the Germans in contention to reach the second round for a remarkable 16th consecutive World Cup.

The goal also moved Klose one ahead in the World Cup scoring list of compatriot Gerd Mueller, who led West Germany to the 1974 World Cup title.

The best German striker of his generation, Klose is also his country's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals in 133 games.

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Image: Miroslav Klose does a sommersault to celebrate scoring Germany's second goal
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