Mueller scores 3, Germany routs Portugal 4-0

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Mueller scores 3, Germany routs Portugal 4-0
Portugal's Pepe, right, yells at Germany's Thomas Mueller during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Pepe, right, argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Pepe (3) argues with referee Milorad Mazic from Serbia during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Pepe (3) and Miguel Veloso (4) argue with referee Milorad Mazic from Serbia during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Pepe (3) is given a red card and sent off by referee Milorad Mazic from Serbia during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Pepe leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Portugal's Pepe is comforted by Germany's Sami Khedira and Portugal's Bruno Alves after getting a red card during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. Center is Germany's Thomas Mueller. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Portugal's Pepe, walks away from Germany's Thomas Mueller as Portugal's goalkeeper Eduardo tries to mediate before Pepe was shown a red card during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Referee Milorad Mazic from Serbia shows a red card to Portugal's Pepe after a scuffle with Germany's Thomas Mueller, right, as Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo, center, gestures during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Portugal's defender Pepe (R) is sent off Serbian referee Milorad Mazic (C) during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal reacts after he was sent off by referee Milorad Mazic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal reacts as Thomas Mueller of Germany lies on the ground during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal is shown a red card and sent off by referee Milorad Mazic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal reacts as Thomas Mueller of Germany lies on the ground during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal reacts angrily toward Thomas Mueller of Germany resulting in a red card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany reacts after a headbutt by Pepe of Portugal resulting in a red card for Pepe during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany reacts after a headbutt by Pepe of Portugal resulting in a red card for Pepe during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Portugal's defender Pepe argues with Germany's forward Thomas Mueller during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Portugal's defender Pepe (R) fouls Germany's forward Thomas Mueller before being sent off during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO /PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Portugal's defender Pepe (L) and Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (C) argue next to Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal headbutts Thomas Mueller of Germany resulting in a red card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal (R) is shown the red card by referee Milorad Mazic and is sent off during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal reacts angrily toward Thomas Mueller of Germany resulting in a red card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Pepe of Portugal fouls Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool/Getty Images)
Germany's Thomas Mueller, center, is congratulated by Philipp Lahm (16) and other teammates after his scored his side's fourth goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany's Philipp Lahm go for the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Germany's Thomas Mueller (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring his third goal and Germany's fourth during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Germany's Thomas Mueller (13) kicks the ball at Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio to score his side's fourth goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (7) rests at the half during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (7) walks off the pitch with Germany's Sami Khedira (6) at the half during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Portugal's midfielder Joao Moutinho (C) controls the ball as Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (R) Germany's forward Mario Goetze (TOP) and Germany's defender Per Mertesacker (L) look on during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on June 16, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/POOL (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo falls on the pitch during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on June 16, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/POOL (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos vie during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Sami Khedira of Germany (L) challenges Raul Meireles of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (3rd L) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with his teammates during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany's defender Mats Hummels is injured during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany's forward Mario Goetze (L) and Portugal's midfielder Raul Meireles vie during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (L) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with Germany's midfielder Sami Khedira during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Raul Meireles of Portugal leads protest to referee Milorad Mazic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool /Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Mario Goetze of Germany vies with Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool/Getty Images)
Germany's forward Thomas Mueller scores the 4-0 goal past Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates his team's second goals scored by Mats Hummels (not pictured) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Thomas Mueller of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal and completing his hat trick with Andre Schuerrle and Sami Khedira as Joao Pereira and goalkeeper Rui Patricio of Portugal look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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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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