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Mueller scores 3, Germany routs Portugal 4-0


By NESHA STARCEVIC
AP Sports Writer

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

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.

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.

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 drilling 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 Monday, the United States was playing Ghana at Natal.

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sticitinu June 16 2014 at 2:54 PM

red carded is that all. he should be kicked out for ever.

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siouxmurphy June 16 2014 at 3:09 PM

They need to start banning these players for life. I'm sick of them doing whatever they want. Sends a terrible message to our youth.

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Larry June 16 2014 at 2:54 PM

Pepe Le Pew acts like a hockey goon.

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Pasko June 16 2014 at 2:55 PM

Germany humiliated Portugal.

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tolson1957 June 16 2014 at 2:59 PM

idiots fake like they're hurt every time the get bumped trying to draw a foul. total bs the reason i dont let my kids watch "professional" soccer.

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pty014372 June 16 2014 at 2:58 PM

Isn't the World Cup over yet???

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bbrez64 June 16 2014 at 3:02 PM

Funny how he just touched his face and he was down in agony but then he gets head butted and he was pretty quick to get up. Maybe the head and butt were backwards for this guy. Just saying

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filmdriven June 16 2014 at 3:12 PM

THE GREATEST SPORT ON THE PALNET!! You don't need a ton of stupid equipment. Just brains, skill, speed and endurance.

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Jay June 16 2014 at 3:06 PM

As if a sore of 4 to zero is not enough it would seem that Pepe made the Portuguese humiliation complete by showing just what a spoiled bully he really is by getting kicked out of the game. So who is next for the German meat grinder? I cant wait to see the USA ad just how bad of a loss they will suffer at the hands of the Germans.

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nickkost June 16 2014 at 4:16 PM

Yawn!!!

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Lee nickkost June 16 2014 at 5:06 PM

... then watch the highly entertaining baseball ....

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twalsh4440 Lee June 16 2014 at 8:09 PM

or Basketball

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papo72 nickkost June 16 2014 at 5:47 PM

I once fell asleep at a baseball game. at the stadium! Imagine that. True story.

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