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World Cup 2014: Miroslav Klose breaks German scoring record

Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose became Germany's record goalscorer in a comfortable win against Armenia, but forward Marco Reus was ruled out of the World Cup.

Klose, 35, came off the bench to head in his 69th international goal as Joachim Low's side found some rampant form in the final 20 minutes.

But Reus, who was in tears as he left the pitch, picked up an ankle injury and will now not fly to Brazil.

Armenia were level with 20 minutes to go before Germany hit lethal form.

A goalless first-half ended with Borussia Dortmund forward Reus going over an ankle and being replaced by Arsenal's Lukas Podolski.

Podolski made the opener for Chelsea's Andre Schurrle early in the second half, Schurrle flicking in with a delightful backheel at the near post.

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil hit a post after a lovely move but Germany were then embarrassed when substitute Kevin Grosskreutz gave away a penalty immediately after coming on, bringing down Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored from the spot.

The upset was on but a flurry of four goals in 10 minutes killed Armenia off. First Podolski ran on to Ozil's lovely pass and swept home left-footed, defender Benedikt Howedes scored at the second attempt and then crossed for Klose to head in and eclipse Gerd Muller's long-standing national team record.

Klose is the only out-and-out striker in the German squad and can become the leading scorer in World Cup history with two goals in Brazil.

Another substitute, Mario Gotze, then helped himself to a late brace, firing in from another Podolski pass before burying the loose ball after good work from Grosskreutz.

Germany start their World Cup campaign against Portugal on 16 June.

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Line-ups

Germany

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Weidenfeller
  • 20BoatengSubstituted forGroßkreutzat 67'minutes
  • 17Mertesacker
  • 5Hummels
  • 4Höwedes
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forSchweinsteigerat 59'minutes
  • 16LahmSubstituted forÖzilat 45'minutes
  • 18Kroos
  • 9SchürrleSubstituted forGötzeat 75'minutes
  • 13MüllerSubstituted forKloseat 67'minutes
  • 21ReusSubstituted forPodolskiat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Großkreutz
  • 3Ginter
  • 7Schweinsteiger
  • 8Özil
  • 10Podolski
  • 11Klose
  • 12Zieler
  • 14Draxler
  • 15Durm
  • 19Götze
  • 23Kramer

Armenia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Berezovskiy
  • 3Haroyan
  • 15Mkoyan
  • 5Arzumanyan
  • 20Hayrapetyan
  • 8HovsepyanSubstituted forSarkisovat 74'minutes
  • 7Yedigaryan
  • 22ManucharyanSubstituted forTumasyanat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Mkhitaryan
  • 10Ghazaryan
  • 14Movsisyan

Substitutes

  • 2Haceaturov
  • 4Voskanyan
  • 9Yuspashyan
  • 11Sarkisov
  • 12Kasparov
  • 13Beglaryan
  • 16Daghbashyan
  • 19Hambardzumyan
  • 21Tumasyan
  • 24da Silva
  • 25Aslanyan-Mamedov
  • 27Guevgeozián
Referee:
Harald Lechner

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamArmenia
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home28
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Germany 6, Armenia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Germany 6, Armenia 1.

  3. Booking

    Aleksandr Tumasyan (Armenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandr Tumasyan (Armenia).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Germany 6, Armenia 1. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Miroslav Klose.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Podolski (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Großkreutz.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Armenia. Conceded by Roman Weidenfeller.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gevorg Ghazaryan (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Artur Yedigaryan.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miroslav Klose (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Varazdat Haroyan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Podolski (Germany) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Miroslav Klose with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Miroslav Klose (Germany).

  15. Post update

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Germany 5, Armenia 1. Mario Götze (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

  18. Post update

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandr Tumasyan (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Armenia. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

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