San Mateo, Rizal
June 22, 2014
And you thought I am sleeping after watching Lionel Messi score a stoppage time rocket in lifting Argentina to a 1-0 win over Iran?
Thankfully, we’re still awake.
Can’t miss this Germany-Ghana match in Group G or what is now called the “Group of Death” with Portugal and the United States as the other bracket members. Germany, of course, is Sportsmaryosep’s favorite team. So enamored of German football, in fact, that I would have named my son Miroslav Klose or Lukas Podolski. Maybe Oliver Khan. But after a compromise, my wife and I ended up with Iago Sebastian. The latter of which was a prolonged version of Schweinsteiger’s first name, Bastian. And we’re putting that on record.
And boy it was all worth it. After a scoreless first half, both the Germans and the Black Stars went on blitz mode in the second half and ending up with a classic 2-2 draw. The most delightful thing about it was seeing the match-tying goal. It was one by Klose, who scored his first goal of this particular World Cup in Brazil right on his first touch. And then the back flip. The feeling was pure bliss for Sportsmaryosep.
It was Klose’s 15th goal of in the World Cup, putting him alongside Brazil’s Ronaldo (the ravishingly handsome Portugese you’re thinking about) in the all-time list with most goals, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Klose also joined the elite company of the legendary Pele and Uwe Seeler as the only players ever to score at least a goal in four different World Cups. Interestingly, both Klose and Ronaldo scored their 15th goal against Ghana. Also, Klose’s 15 goals is just one fewer than the goals scored by USA in the last four World Cups.
And he is now 36 years old.
So consider Klose the Tim Duncan of the World Cup.
And just like The Big Fundamental and the San Antonio Spurs in the recently concluded NBA Finals, Klose could end up victorious in the end.
I purely hope so.
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