09 July 2014 | News Comments

Klose's record secondary to rout joy

Germany striker Miroslav Klose may have broken the tournament record by becoming the World Cup's highest goalscorer but he was keen to praise the team ethic which saw them demolish hosts Brazil 7-1 in their semi-final.

Klose scored his landmark 16th as the Europeans ran riot in the first half, racing into a 5-0 lead at the interval.

However, it was the nature of some of those goals - Toni Kroos (two), Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira were all on target before the break before substitute Andre Schurrle added a further two before Oscar's 90th-minute reply - which impressed.

"You could see in training that we harmonise greatly," said Klose.

"We are one unit and you can see that in the pitch. It was so important that our set-pieces work.

"Toni brings the ball exactly there where it belongs. I was hit during my goal so there was no chance to do a (celebration) flip."

Muller admits they were surprised by the margin of victory, although he accepts they benefited hugely from Brazil's wide-open approach.

"You couldn't expect that at all but you can see on that how different games can develop," he said.

"The spaces were bigger today than against defence-minded teams. We benefited from that overwhelmingly, at one point you have broken the opponent.

"Now we have to keep pushing, give full power and get the cup."

"This is an historic day for German football" - Wolfgang Niersbach, German FA President 

Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German Football Association, hailed a momentous occasion.

"This is an historic day for German football," he said.

"I don't know what to say. Sensational, like a fairytale - they are all too weak expressions. That was football from another galaxy.

"I am so happy for the coach (Joachim Low) and the team. Now we want to do the next step.

"We can't go crazy now even if I would like to. Now we have to get the fourth star (title)."