For Germany, drawing with Ghana required calling on both an old hero and a new star.
Few games have been as entertaining as the 2-2 draw between the two countries. And few offered a more important moment than Miroslav Klose's second-half equaliser that made history in the process. As you might imagine, Twitter was buzzing after the match in reaction to both he and Mario Goetze—the goalscorers for the Germans.
But we start with Klose. ESPN FC passed along the moment:
With that tally, he's now forever etched into the record books. From ESPN Stats & Info:
That wasn't the only history he made, via Paul Carr of ESPN:
After the match he talked about the achievement, via Ryland James of the AFP:
And just in case any England fans out there weren't feeling despair after being eliminated from the World Cup yesterday, Richard Jolly of ESPN passed along this stat:
Sorry, England fans—you've had enough sorrow already without numbers like that being thrown in your face.
But let's focus on the magic of Klose. Because boy, does Klose know how to make an impact. And boy, does he know how to do so quickly. Consider the following, from OptaJean:
All of this from the man who started on the bench. Mike Wise of The Washington Post tried to imagine what it would be like to have such a dangerous option from the sidelines in a different sport:
Sure, you try keeping Kobe off the court for three quarters.
Really, the only thing that wasn't impressive about Klose's huge goal was his celebration, as he didn't quite pull off his flip.
T.J. Quinn was a little flip himself when commenting on the celebration:
As you might imagine, folks were comparing the moments to others throughout the years. Squawka Football went the club football route:
Oliver Kay of The Times, meanwhile, kept it in the World Cup:
Of course, there was another scorer for Germany, Mr. Goetze. His finish in the 51st minute opened the scoring for Germany, after he split the Ghanaian defense and ran under Thomas Mueller's inch-perfect pass into the box.
Bleacher Report UK passes along the goal:
Of course, it wasn't exactly the best of headers from Goetze, as Ben Smith of the BBC noted:
That brought out the jokes. The Men in Blazers (an absolute must-follow on Twitter if you weren't already) gave Goetze credit with more than just the goal:
And player-turned-pundit Gary Lineker had a little fun with Goetze's reputation as the next big thing for the Germans:
So with the draw, Germany remains atop Group G with four points, but won't be able to clinch a place in the knockout phase until they play their final game against the United States. So yes, both Klose and Goetze will likely be called upon to offer big moments for their country before the group stage concludes.
And both have proven to be up to the task. Klose in historic fashion, Goetze as one of the brightest up-and-coming talents. A blast from the past, a glimpse of the future.
Both were exactly what Germany needed in the present.
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