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Germany 4-0 Portugal: Match review

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Germany thrashed 10-man Portugal in the first game of Group G with Bayern Munich ace Thomas Müller scoring a hat trick in a convincing 4-0 victory.

Germany took the lead in the 12th minute after a brilliant piece of play from Mesut Özil saw Mario Götze fouled in the penalty area by Portuguese defender Joao Pereira who received a yellow card for the challenge. Müller stepped up to the stop and rifled the ball into the bottom left of the goal to make it 1-0.

Hummels added a second goal for Germany after a great corner from Toni Kroos found the head of the defender who powerfully swept the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

Portugal were soon down to 10 men after Pepe seemed to make contact with Thomas Müller's face which saw the German tumbling to the ground in agony. Pepe over-reacted after it looked like the Real Madrid defender head-butted Müller who was still on the floor. Referee Milorad Mazic reached for his pocket and showed Pepe the red card.

Müller, meanwhile, scored his second of the day on the stroke of half time. The Munich man picked up on Bruno Alves' dreadful clearance and poked the ball past Rui Patricio.

Müller bagged his hat-trick on the 78th minute after an Andre Schurrle cross was saved from Rui Patrico, however the the ball found its way to Thomas Müller who only had to tap the ball past Patrico to make it 4-0 to Germany and to complete his hat-trick.

Ronaldo 

Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make an impact in the opener. The Real Madrid winger, who had been riddled with injuries during the build up to the tournament, didn't live up to the expectation and the hype that many football fans had expected to see from this summer.

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