SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Thomas Mueller registered a hat trick as Germany trounced Portugal in their opening World Cup Group G on Monday. Mueller scored twice on either side of Mats Hummels’s headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Mueller opening the scoring after Mario Gietze had been pulled down by Joao Pereira in the box, coolly slotting the penalty kick into the right corner of Rui Patricio’s goal.
Mueller got tangled with Pepe in the 37th minute and the Portugal defender was sent off for apparently head-butting the German player as he sat on the ground.
Before that, Hummels had risen above Pepe to double Germany’s lead with a well-timed header from a corner in the 32nd-minute.
Mueller scored again just before the break and in the second half in the 78th minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo started for Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova after overcoming a knee injury.
(KPUG & Associated Press)
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