Ruthless Germany rout poor Portugal

11:40, Jun 17 2014
Hat-trick
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Disagreement
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Gutted
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the Group G match against Germany.
Jump
Portugal's Nani fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm.
Splash
Germany's Toni Kroos and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball.
Thanks
Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Portugal 4-0.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the US celebrates after scoring their first goal during their match against Ghana.
John Brooks
John Brooks of the US heads the ball to score a goal next to Ghana's John Boye.
US Fans
Fans of the US cheer during the Group G match against Ghana.
Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match against USA.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the US fights for the ball with Ghana's Mohammed Rabiu.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghana takes a shot.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a pass as Ghana's John Boye and Harrison Afful close him down.
Mario Goetze
Mario Goetze celebrates scoring Germany's opener in their 2-2 draw with Ghana in Fortaleza.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan celebrates scoring the Black Stars' second goal against Germany.
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose performs an acrobatic backflip after scoring Germany's equalising goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Mesut Ozil
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil takes on Ghana's John Boye during their 2-2 draw in Fortaleza.
Silvestre Varela
Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on in the dying seconds.
Tim Howard
American goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley of the United States shoots while colliding with William Carvalho of Portugal during their Group G match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States lies on the pitch during his side's 2-2 draw with Portugal.
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal against Portugal.
Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Brazil.
Nani
Nani of Portugal (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against the United States.
Michael Bradley
United States midfielder Michael Bradley challenges Germany's Thomas Mueller during their Group G match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
Kyle Beckerman
USA's Kyle Beckerman is challenged for the ball by German midfielder Toni Kroos.
DaMarcus Beasley
Germany's Thomas Mueller (right) tackles DaMarcus Beasley as USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on from the sidelines.
Tim Howard
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to keep out a shot by Germany striker Thomas Mueller which put the Germans 1-0 up in Recife.
Omar Gonzalez
USA's Omar Gonzalez and team-mate Tim Howard are all smiles after their country progressed to the knockout stages.
Manuel Neuer
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer squeezes water out of his glove as he leaves the field at half-time in torrential conditions in Recife.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after his country's early exit from the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner past Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and John Boye.
Asamoah Gyan
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan heads the equaliser against Portugal during their Group G match in Brasilia.
John Boye
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries to escape the attentions of Ghana's John Boye.
John Boye
Portugal striker Eder competes with Ghana's John Boye for possession.
John Boye
Ghana's John Boye scores an own goal during his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia.

Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on the style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener this morning. 

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

With Chancellor Angela Merkel supporting in the stands, the German team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory that was virtually assured by halftime. 

Thomas Mueller
HOT SHOT: Germany's Thomas Mueller, centre, is congratulated by team-mates Mario Goetze and Sami Khedira.

Mueller scored either side of Mats Hummels' headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break, and added his third goal in the 81st minute. 

Portugal was already 2-0 down before Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller when the German player was sitting on the ground.  

It was Mueller who opened the scoring in the 12th minute after Mario Goetze had been pulled down by Joao Pereira in the box, coolly slotting the penalty kick into the right corner of Rui Patricio's goal. 

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Hummels had risen above Pepe to double Germany's lead with a well-timed header from a corner in the 32nd, and Mueller extended the buffer just before the break when he stripped the ball from Bruno Alves and drilled in a low shot.  

The Bayern Munich forward completed the rout late in the second half, poking in from close range after Patricio had fumbled a low cross from substitute Andre Schuerrle. 

Cristiano Ronaldo started for Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova after overcoming a knee injury. He threatened early in the match, including a shot from a break that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could only block, but there was nobody from Portugal to pounce on the rebound. 

Portugal also lost big striker Hugo Almeida to an injury. He was replaced by Eder in the 28th.  

Fabio Coentrao injured a groin muscle and was helped off the field in 65th, to be replaced by Andre Almeida. 

Hummels then limped off the field with a right-knee injury, giving substitute defender Shkodran Mustafi his second cap. 

In the second Group D match later today, the United States were playing Ghana at Natal. 

Follow live commentary as Portugal take on Germany at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, in their World Cup Group G contest.

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