Record-breaking striker brushes off personal plaudits and reminds Germany their World Cup mission is far from complete after 7-1 win in semis
Belo Horizonte: Record-breaker Miroslav Klose brushed off the personal plaudits and reminded Germany their World Cup mission is still far from complete.
Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring against Brazil in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Klose wrote himself into the record books on Tuesday with the second goal in Germany's 7-1 annihilation of Brazil in Belo Horizonte. The strike was Klose's 16th in World Cup history, taking him clear of the previous all-time top scorer Ronaldo (Brazil).
Germany coach Joachim Low, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were among the first people to congratulate Klose on his milestone.
But the 36-year-old could not care less about personal accolades at the moment. He has only one thing on his mind — World Cup glory. "As a team we have an even bigger objective — to win one more game," Klose said when asked about his record-breaking feat.
"You don't experience things like a 7-1 win over Brazil very often and it's not easy to put in a performance like that in a World Cup semi-final."
Thomas Mueller, who is just six goals shy of Klose's record despite this being only his second tournament, was the next player to emerge from the dressing room with a call for calm. "We need to let this all sink in now and then shift our focus to the final."
1. Thomas Mueller 11th min
Toni Kroos floated in a corner from the right and an unmarked Mueller at the back post, scored his fifth goal of tourney.
2. Miroslav Klose 23rd min
Klose saw his shot from close range blocked by Julio Cesar, but he still reacted the quickest to convert the rebound.
3. Toni Kroos 24th min
Lahm's cross from the right flies to an umarked Kroos and he hits it low and hard in the corner of the net.
4. Toni Kroos 26th min
Kroos & Khedira make most of Brazil's hapless defending. Khedira returned the ball to Kroos, who this time did not miss.
5. Sami Khedira 29th min
Germany simply walked the ball into the net this time, with Mesut Ozil providing the assist and Khedira applying the finish.
6. Andre Schuerrle 69th min
Schuerrle found himself in the box to convert Lahm's cutback, as Brazil were yet again found wanting on the left-hand side.
7. Andre Schuerrle 79th min
Mueller assisted Schuerrle for Germany's final goal. The latter's fiercely hit left-foot shot on the half-volley beat the 'keeper.