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Klose to the top

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, June 23, 2014

WHAT a moment for Miroslav Klose and football!

The prolific German goalscorer delivered within moments of his introduction in the second half against Ghana to salvage a point in 2-2 draw in yet another World Cup classic yesterday.

In doing so, the 36-year-old equalled Ronaldo's highest World Cup leading goalscorer record of 15 goals. He celebrated the feat with the customary backflip. Amazing!

The Lazio striker who is playing in his fourth World Cup since 2002 is poised to become the leading goalscorer of the tournament.

Germany after the fantastic 4-0 win over Portugal failed to contain the Africans whose redemption story is the talk of the World Cup.

Ghana fell inches short of making the semi-final at the last World Cup after Luis Suarez's Uruguay booted the side out in penalty kicks.

The 2-all draw has put USA in a good position for a place in the top 16. The Americans just need to beat Portugal today to end Cristiano Ronaldo and his troop's dream in the World Cup.

In the other matches, an extra time goal from skipper Lionel Messi put Argentina in top 16 as the side defeated Iran 1-0 while Nigeria defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in the other match.

Off the field, the World Cup has been a family affair for some.

Jerome Boateng and Kevin Prince Boateng are half-brothers who share everything, except a football team.

Jerome is a star defender for Germany, and Kevin is a forward for Ghana. They faced each other yesterday.

Here are some facts on the Boatengs from heavy.com:

1. They Said They've Had No Communication

Before the match Germany's Jerome told the BBC that the two brothers, who generally speak every day, have stopped communicating the last few weeks. "We've had no contact recently, each of us is just concentrating on himself," he said.

FIFA also quotes him as saying, "It is a bit strange but I'm not missing our regular contact. The World Cup is a special situation and I think it just wouldn't be right if we remained in touch with each other. I am with Germany and my full focus is on my tasks here."

2. They Were Both Born in Berlin, But Kevin Prince Chose His Father's Nation

Kevin Prince and Jerome were born to the same father and different mothers in Berlin. Jerome chose to represent Germany, but the BBC reports that Kevin Prince, perceiving fewer soccer opportunities in Germany, decided to represent his father's nation of Ghana.

3. Germany Beat Ghana in the 2010 World Cup

The two Boatengs set a new world first in 2010 when they became the first brothers to play each other in the World Cup. On June 23, 2010, the two squared off during the group round, both in group D. Germany was able to defeat Ghana by a narrow lead of 1-0.

4. Jerome plays for Bayern Munich

Jerome Boateng plays for Bayern Munich, one of Germany's best teams. There he is considered one of the more versatile defenders in the league, even scoring a goal in the most current season.

In 2011 he was paid a contract of €13,500,000 to move there from Manchester City.

5. Kevin Prince Plays for FC Schalke 04

In 2013, Kevin Prince moved from Milan to Schalke 04.


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