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World Cup Day 10: Argentina 1-0 Iran, Germany 2-2 Ghana, Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

Germany's Miroslav Klose, centre, watches the ball into the net as he scores his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, scores during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Germany draws 2-2 with Ghana

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their highly entertaining Group G match.

Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo.

Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, less than two minutes after coming on, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.

The result means the United States would advance from the group if it beats Portugal on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Klose is in his fourth World Cup and had been level with former Germany striker Gerd Mueller on 14 goals. Ronaldo also scored his 15th against Ghana, in 2006 in Germany.

Messi scores in stoppage, gives Argentina 1-0 Cup win over Iran

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and secure his team's place in the second round of the World Cup.

Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the second half, creating several chances to win the Group F match and cause a tournament sensation.

But Iran was punished for those missed chances when Messi picked up the ball about 20 yards (meters) out and curled a shot into the left hand corner.

Nigeria beats Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0

CUIABA, Brazil (AP) - Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage.

Odemwingie sealed Nigeria's first victory at a World Cup since 1998 - spanning 10 matches - by finishing from close range in the 29th minute after one of a string of powerful runs by fellow striker Emmanuel Emenike. The result put tournament newcomer Bosnia-Herzegovina out of contention.

The Bosnians faded after a bright start, during which star striker Edin Dzeko had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside, and is still without a point in Group F following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in its opener.

A draw would have given the Bosnians something to play for in their last group match, against Iran, but Dzeko had a shot tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the final few seconds.

"I don't have any recriminations," Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Safet Susic said. "They are all depressed, disappointed, silent."

Nigeria needs a point against Argentina on Wednesday to be guaranteed a spot in the Round of 16 - and a surprise win would secure top spot in the group.

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