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World Cup roundup: Ghana and Germany play to a draw

By From page B8 | June 22, 2014

Jonathan Mensah, Mario Goetze, Fatawu Dauda

Ghana's Jonathan Mensah, center, leaps in front of Germany's Mario Goetze, left, and Ghana's goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda to clear the ball during a 2-2 draw on Saturday at the World Cup. AP photo

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their highly entertaining Group G match.

Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo.

Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, less than two minutes after coming on, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.

The result means the United States would advance from the group if it beats Portugal on Sunday.

Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st, but Ghana equalized three minutes later through Andre Ayew.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put the Africans ahead in the 63rd, only to see Klose cancel out his goal.

The 36-year-old Klose is in his fourth World Cup and had been level with former Germany striker Gerd Mueller on 14 goals. Ronaldo also scored his 15th against Ghana, in 2006 in Germany.

With coach Joachim Loew preferring to play with a “false nine” system without a striker, Klose sat out Germany’s opening 4-0 rout of Portugal.

But with Ghana threatening to put a damper on Germany’s hope of winning the group, Loew turned to his veteran, who provided again.

Argentina 1, Iran 0: At Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a victory and secure his team’s place in the second round of the World Cup.

Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the second half, creating several chances to win the Group F match and cause a tournament sensation.

But Iran was punished for those missed chances when Messi picked up the ball about 20 yards out and curled a shot into the left hand corner.

It was a moment of individual brilliance, and showed why Messi has been voted world player of the year no fewer than four times. Up until that point, he had been kept quiet by stoic Iran defending, while Argentina had at times been exposed to counterattacks.

Iran had several chances to win it, especially in the second half. The best of those opportunities came in the 67th minute, when midfielder Ashkan Dejagah’s powerful header from close range was tipped just over the bar by Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Nigeria 1, Bosnia-Heregovina 0: At Cuiaba, Brazil, Nigeria eliminated tournament newcomers Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention, as Peter Odemwingie’s first-half goal put the African champions close to the knockout stage.

Odemwingie sealed Nigeria’s first victory at a World Cup since 1998 — spanning 10 matches — by finishing from close range in the 29th minute after one of a string of powerful runs by fellow striker Emmanuel Emenike.

Bosnia faded after a bright start, during which star striker Edin Dzeko had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside, and is still without a point in Group F following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in its opener. Dzeko had a shot deflected onto the post in the last seconds of the match.

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