An Enduring Touch Proves As Essential As Ever

Miroslav Klose scored his 15th FIFA World Cup goal in the match against Ghana to equal Ronaldo's record at the biggest stage.

updated: June 22, 2014 08:29 IST
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Uplifting himself: Miroslav Klose celebrates in his trademark way after scoring against Ghana.

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The botched front flip was not vintage Miroslav Klose, but the critical goal that led to it was definitely a classic Klose poach.

Even if he is now an injury-prone, 36-year-old substitute, playing for Germany still brings out the essential man in him, and less than two minutes after he trotted onto the field in Fortaleza, Klose smelled an opportunity and pounced. (Full match report: Germany vs Ghana | Highlights)

The far post has been one of his happiest hunting grounds through the years, and after teammate Benedikt Howedes flicked on a Toni Kroos corner kick, Klose was moving toward empty space near the goal line: a half-step and a fully formed thought ahead of the closest Ghana defender.

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