Miroslav Klose sets all-time World Cup scoring record as Germany runs riot on Brazil

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle
Germany's forward Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring the second goal during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Pedro Ugarte)

Germany's forward Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring the second goal during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014

Germany's forward Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring the second goal during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Pedro Ugarte)

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German striker Miroslav Klose set a new all-time World Cup scoring record as Germany stunned Brazil with five goals in the first 30 minutes of their semifinal. The 36-year-old matched Ronaldo's record of 15 goals when he scored against Ghana in the group stage and now has the record all to himself with a 16th goal scored in the 23rd minute as Brazil collectively forgot the concept of defending.

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Brazil started the match without injured top scorer Neymar and suspended top defender/captain Thiago Silva, but even that is no excuse for the shambolic performance that led to five goals for Germany within the first half hour and four of them in a span of just six minutes.

That shouldn't take away from Klose's achievement, but, at least for the time being, it will probably overshadow it.

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