Mueller hat-trick dooms Portugal
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) – Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany turned on its style and power to rout ten-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener today.
Mueller, who scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal that were clearly outplayed.
With German chancellor Angela Merkel watching in the stands, they celebrated their 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory.
The match was virtually decided by half-time, with Mueller scoring either side of Mats Hummels’ headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break.
Portugal were reduced to ten men when Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller as the German player sat on the ground.