The Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored after 23 minutes of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday to become the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 16 goals. The striker scored Germany’s second goal in a first-half defensive capitulation by Brazil, who conceded a further three goals inside seven minutes with the scoreboard showing Brazil 0-5 Germany after 29 minutes. Klose moved level with the former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 goals when he scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana on 21 June. Klose is currently Germany’s all-time top scorer with 71 goals. By scoring in the 2014 tournament, Klose equalled his compatriot Uwe Seeler and Brazilian Pelé’s achievements in being the only players to have scored in four different World Cups.
He is also one of only three players, along with Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas and German colleague Thomas Müller, to have scored at least five goals in two different World Cups, as well as the only player to have scored at least four in three different tournaments. The German national team has never lost a game in which Klose has scored.