June 16, 2014 2:01 pm
Updated: June 16, 2014 4:19 pm

WORLD CUP: Germany routs Portugal 4-0

Thomas Mueller of Germany, second from left, celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal and completing his hat trick.

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SALVADOR, Brazil – Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on its style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener on Monday.

Mueller, who scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal team that was clearly outplayed.

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With German chancellor Angela Merkel watching in the stands, her team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory.

The match was virtually decided by halftime, with Mueller scoring either side of Mats Hummels’ headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break.

Portugal was reduced to 10 men when Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller as the German player sat on the ground.


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