Miroslav Klose equalled Brazilian legend Ronaldos record of 15 World Cup goals to spare Germanys blushes with the equaliser in Saturdays 2-2 Group G draw against Ghana.
Mario Goetze had given Germany the lead before goals from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan turned the game on its head and threatened to cause a major upset for the Black Stars in Fortaleza.
But Klose had the last laugh with a poachers goal just 19 minutes from time.
"It doesnt matter whether I play from the start or come off the bench: all games are important and 15 goals in 20 World Cup games isnt bad," said the Lazio striker.
German captain Phillip Lahm refused to use the sweltering conditions as a reason for their performance.
"It was a gruelling 90 minutes, the weather cant be an excuse, we were not as aggressive and gave them too much room," said Lahm, who like several of the squad have experienced semi-final heartbreak in 2006 and 2010
"We had the better chances, but overall we cant be satisfied."
Gyan, whose goal saw him join Cameroon legend Roger Milla as the leading all-time African scorer with five, said that they had played much better than in the 2-1 defeat to the United States.
"We believed in ourselves today," the 28-year-old told the BBC.