The goal put Klose at par with former Brazilian forward Ronaldo who had scored 15 goals in the World cup finals. Klose, playing in his fourth World Cup, however, overtook compatriot Gerd Muller to become the highest scorer for Germany at the highest stage. Klose scored the record-touching goal in his 20th match.
Klose bettered his compatriot Gerd Muller's record of 14 goals
The top 10 scorers in the World Cup have four Germans, two Brazilians and one each from France, Hungary, Argentina, England, Peru and Poland.
Here is the list of top 12 goal scorers (10 or more goals) in the World Cup:
Ronaldo (Brazil) 15 in 19 matches in 3 World Cups (WCs)
Miroslav Klose (Ger) 15 in 20 matches in 4 WCs
Gerd Muller (Ger) 14 in 13 matches in 2 WCs
Just Fontaine (France) 13 in 6 matches in 1 WC
Pele (Bra) 12 in 14 matches in 4 WCs
Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) 11 in 5 matches in 1 WC
Jurgen Klinsmann (Ger) 11 in 17 matches in 3 WCs
Helmut Rahn (Ger) 10 in 10 matches in 2 WCs
Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) 10 in 12 matches in 3 WCs
Gary Lineker (England) 10 in 12 matches in 2 WCs
Teófilo Cubillas (Peru) 10 in 13 matches in 3 WCs
Grzegorz Lato (Poland) 10 in 20 matches in 3 WCs