On a night when Germany routed the host nation 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, Klose also became the tournament’s all-time record scorer — eclipsing Brazil great Ronaldo.
Klose scored Germany’s second goal in the 23rd minute for his 16th career World Cup goal in his fourth tournament. It broke the mark of 15 goals he shared with the retired Ronaldo, who watched the game in the stadium as a TV commentator.
Klose scored after a corner by Toni Kroos. His first effort was parried by Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but Klose calmly stroked the rebound home.
“We are a team and it shows on the field. It’s also important that our set pieces bring results. You saw it again today. Toni puts the ball where it has to go every time and that’s a big strength,” Klose said.
The 36-year-old Lazio striker also scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in a group match when he came off the bench to get Germany back into the contest.
After scoring against Brazil, in his 23rd career World Cup game, Klose refrained from doing his trademark back flip.
“I got hit in my left foot while attempting a shot and I was not able to do the flip,” Klose said.
Germany coach Joachim Loew praised the veteran and only true striker on the team.
“It really means a lot to all of us. This is a record. This is a record that could be beaten only by (Thomas) Mueller. We believe that he really deserves it. Because at his age, he is still playing at the highest possible level,” Loew said.
Mueller scored the opening goal against Brazil and now has 10 goals in two World Cup tournaments.
Klose was born in Poland but has always played for Germany. With 70 goals in 134 matches, Klose is Germany’s all-time top scorer, having beaten the record previously held by Gerd Mueller.
He was the top scorer and Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany with five goals. Klose also scored five goals in his first World Cup, in 2002. He scored four in 2010.