Mueller scores 3, Germany routs Portugal 4-0

Mueller scores 3, Germany routs Portugal 4-0

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo jogs laps during training June 3, 2014 in Florham Park, New Jersey. The team will be training at the New York Jets training facility during a stop on their way to the World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 1:21 PM

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) -- 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.

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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