World Cup: Messi breaks Iran hearts, as German Klose denies Ghana

Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates with Thomas Mueller, left, after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana.
Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates with Thomas Mueller, left, after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana.
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Germany striker Miroslav Klose’s second-half equaliser made him the joint leading goalscorer in World Cup matches as his side recorded a 2-2 draw against Ghana in Group G.

Mario Gotze’s header five minutes after the break handed Germany the lead before Andre Ayew and then Asamoah Gyan turned the game round for the Africans as they looked to cause an upset.

However, Klose struck with 20 minutes remaining to put the Germans top of the group ahead of Sunday’s clash between the United States and Portugal.

The 36-year-old Lazio forward joined Brazil’s Ronaldo at the top of the finals scoring charts with 15 goals in his 20th World Cup match.

Argentina once again required heroics from their talisman Lionel Messi as the diminutive forward scored an injury-time winner to secure qualification from World Cup Group F and break the hearts of a dogged Iran.

Having inspired his side to victory following a below-par performance in their opening fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Barcelona man bent home a decisive goal in the dying embers of a match in which the hard-working Iranians did enough to take all three points themselves.