Germany offense and defense proved to be too much to handle for Portugal, as the Germans won the game easily 4-0.
Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
SALVADOR—Müller was the hat trick hero against Portugal on Monday morning at the Arena Fonte Nova, his three goal performance would give the Portuguese their worst lost in World Cup history, with a 4-0 score line.
“Thomas Müller’s performance was outstanding,” German forward Mario Götze told FIFA.com. “There are certainly worse ways to begin a tournament. Now he’s got three goals. That was very, very important, both for the team and for Thomas himself.”
The first goal for the Bayern Munich forward was a simple executed penalty he scored at the 11 minute of the match. Götze was brought down in the penalty box, and the referee blew the whistle to give the Eagles a penalty.
The 2010 World Cup golden boot winner Müller, stepped up to take the penalty. The Munich forward was direct and clean with his shot, as he sent the ball to the bottom left hand corner of the net to give the German an early 1-0 lead.
Regardless, that the Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio guessed the right direction of where the ball was heading, the power placed in the shot proved to be too much for the goalie to handle.
After getting off to a horrible start, Portugal would begin to find their footing in this match. However, by the time any rhythm was for found for the Selecção, the Germans made the score 2-0, with a powerful header from defender Mats Hummels at the 32 minute of the first half.
Midfielder Toni Kroos delivered a corner that flew right into the heart of the penalty box. Hummels soared in the air over his defender to meet the ball and hammer the ball into the back of the net with his head.
However, after that wheels began to unravel rapidly for Portugal. Center back Pepe was shown a direct red card at the 37 minute, because of a foolish action he committed towards Müller.
The Real Madrid center back, after fouling the German forward decided to slightly head butt him and then proceeded to talk some trash right in his face, while Müller was on the ground. The Serbian referee Milorad Mazic saw the entire commotion and gave Pepe a direct red card, which immediately ended Portugal’s chances of come back.
The Eagles did not slow down the attack after Portugal went down 10 men. Instead right before halftime Germany increased the lead to 3-0. The Bayern Munich forward was at it again when he scored his second goal of the match in stoppage time of the first half.
Right in front of the net, Müller would recover a loose ball with a Portuguese defender right on him. Without wasting any time he blasted the ball into the back of the net to give Germany a commanding lead.
In the second half, Portugal countered when they could, because the Germans were still after more goals. It would be Müller to score again, at the 77 minute. He would complete his hat trick with an easy tap into an open net, and seal the 4-0 victory for Germany.
“Winning was our only option and the team went out there with that in mind. Thomas (Müller) did really well in attack and created a lot of space for us,” German Coach Joachim Löw told FIFA.com after the 4-0 victory. “We dominated the midfield and got the ball up to the forwards, where we were very fast. We were compact and stopped Portugal from launching counter-attacks.”
The Germans will have a chance to seal their birth to the second round with a victory against Ghana, on Saturday, June 21 at the Estadio Castelao located at Fortaleza.
As for Portugal, they will need to beat the United States on Sunday, June 22 if they want to continue their World Cup journey past the first round. The match will be played at the Arena Amazonia at Manaus.
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