Belo Horizonte : Miroslav Klose netted his 16th World Cup goal to break Ronaldo’s tournament scoring record on Tuesday. The 36-year-old knocked in Germany’s second goal in the semifinal against Brazil after Julio Cesar blocked his first attempt at the Mineirao stadium, reports Xinhua.
It was Klose’s second strike of the tournament after he was also on target in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage.
The Lazio striker is one of only three players to score at four World Cup finals – along with Brazil legend Pele and Germany’s Uwe Seeler. He is also Germany’s all-time record scorer with 71 goals in 136 international matches.
Ronaldo had held the World Cup scoring record for eight years, having netted 15 times in football’s premier tournament from 1998 to 2006.
Tuesday’s match was Klose’s second start in Brazil, with Joachim Loew mostly preferring to use the forward as a late substitute.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s record defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final sent social networks into overdrive, with Twitter and Facebook beating previous marks of activity for sporting events.
A total of 35.6 million tweets were sent during the match on Tuesday that saw the Germans thrash Brazil 7-1 — the host nation’s worst loss in its 100-year footballing history.
The previous mark was set at the Super Bowl in February, which saw nearly 25 million comments unfurl on Twitter, the social network told AFP.
Facebook, meanwhile, saw more than 200 million posts, shares, comments and likes during the match, involving some 66 million people — an absolute record.
On both platforms, the fifth German goal by Sami Khedira just 29 minutes into the match sparked the most comments and reactions. On Twitter, it generated more than 580,000 tweets in the space of a minute.
But generally, the jaw-dropping match inspired a deluge of biting comments by netizens shocked that a team deprived of its injured star player Neymar could suffer such a thrashing.
“Brazil has Neymar, Argentina has Messi, Portugal has Ronaldo but Germany has a team,” one widely retweeted comment said.