As Brazil learned to their cost on Tuesday, it is best not to give Miroslav Klose a second chance.

The Germany striker became the World Cup's all-time leading scorer in his side's stunning 7-1 record thrashing of the hosts in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

The 36-year-old tapped home after seeing his first effort saved by Julio Cesar to record his 16th World Cup goal in his fourth consecutive semi-final appearance and pass Brazilian legend Ronaldo in the process.

The first of that run came in 2002 when a Ronaldo-inspired Brazil beat Germany in the final, but Joachim Loew's men more than set the record straight by inflicting Brazil's heaviest ever international defeat after storming into a 5-0 lead after just half an hour at the Estadio Mineirao.

Klose is yet to win a World Cup, but after adding semi-final heartache in 2006 and 2010 to that 2002 final defeat, his time may have come when Germany meet Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro.

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