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World Cup 2014: Thomas Muller nets hat-trick as Portugal is routed 4-0



Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick and inspired Germany to a 4-0 win over Portugal in the opening game in Group G played in Salvador.

In a fixture which was expected to produce fireworks, the Germans dominated the entirety of the game, they went ahead after 11 minutes when Thomas Muller scored from the spot following a foul on Mario Gotze in the box.

Defender Mats Hummels beat goalkeeper Patricio for Germany’s second; the defender leaped to nod home from a Toni Kroos corner in the 32nd minute.

Silly scenes from Pepe saw the Portuguese reduced to ten men, the Germans quickly capitalized on the advantage and made it 3-0 through Tomas Muller on the stroke of half time when latched onto a loose ball in the area of Portugal to prod home.

Portugal's day got worse when defender Fabio Coentrao left the field with what looked to be a serious groin injury, before Muller sealed the deal with his third from close range in the 78th minute.

"Three goals in one match, in the opening match against such an opponent is just great. In the last four years I've had some experience in world soccer and I'm not the kind of guy who gets afraid", Thomas Muller told German television after the game.

"We got into the match really well and had some half chances then suddenly we were ahead 2-0. In heat like this a lead like that is a great advantage", he added.





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