Sunday 17 December 2017

Klose wants Germany to go all the way

RECORD-BREAKER Miroslav Klose brushed off the personal plaudits and reminded Germany their World Cup mission is still far from complete.

Klose wrote himself into the record books on Tuesday night with the second goal in Germany's 7-1 annihilation of Brazil in Belo Horizonte.

The strike was Klose's 16th in World Cup history, taking him clear of the previous all-time top scorer Ronaldo.

The former Brazil striker, Germany coach Joachim Low, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were among the first people to congratulate Klose on his milestone.

But the 36-year-old could not care less about personal accolades at the moment. He has only one thing on his mind - World Cup glory.

"As a team we have an even bigger objective - to win one more game," Klose said when asked about his record-breaking feat.

"You don't experience things like a 7-1 win over Brazil very often and it's not easy to put in a performance like that in a World Cup semi-final."

The message of calm reflection delivered by Klose, whose first World Cup goal came 12 years ago, was echoed by other members of Germany's triumphant squad.

Manuel Neuer, who had a quieter night than expected, echoed Muller's sentiments.

"Now it's very important for us to keep calm," the Germany goalkeeper said.

"It's important for us to not just think that we can beat every team in the world easily, especially as the next game is the final, when we will come up against the best in the world.

"We have to start again. We need to work hard. We must remember that it is not important what we did in the semi-final."

Although Germany have made the semi-finals at the last four World Cups, some 24 years have passed since they lifted the trophy for the third time.

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