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Germany routs Portugal 4-0

Germany opened up Group G with a 4-0 beatdown of Portugal in what is regarded as the toughest group in the tournament.Thomas Mueller netted a hat trick as Germany got off to a quick start and never looked back. Fox Sports writes:

Thomas Muller scored a hat trick as Germany ripped Portugal to shreds 4-0 in Salvador on Monday. Portugal conceded an early penalty and saw Pepe sent off for foolishly head-butting Muller while the German sat on the turf to complete a self-destructive afternoon for the Iberians.

The result puts Germany in firm command of Group G, widely considered the toughest at this Cup by far. Pepe’s card also means he will now miss what could be a critical match against the United States on Sunday in Manaus.

There’s no easy way to put this for Portuguese fans: this was a beatdown, plain and simple. Not only were Portugal thoroughly outclassed, they lost three men to card and injury and saw star Cristiano Ronaldo — billed as fully-fit but visibly limited — turn in no-show on the day as well, though given the wounds his side inflicted on themselves, it is doubtful he could have done much anyway.

[Read the full article at Fox Sports]

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