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The Portuguese battering began early when the Germans got an early penalty thanks to Jaoa Pereira bringing down Mario Gotze in the 18 yard box. Thomas Mueller took the opportunity and put it in the back of the net giving the Germans an early lead.
The Portugal attack led by Nani and Ronaldo tried to get back with two counter attacks but only one made it to German goal keeper and world number one Manuel Nuer who made easy work of the attempt by the Manchester United winger.
The Portuguese were again dealt a blow from a corner when Hummels’ header connected beautifully with the Gotze’s delivery to take the score to 2 – 0 for the Germans.
Real Madrid defender Pepe added to the woes for the Portuguese when he head butted Mueller after Mueller went down, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic took no exception to this despite pleas from Portugal team mates and gave the defender his marching orders with the tournament’s first straight red-card.
Spurred on by the two goals and playing against ten men, Germany kept attacking and striker Mueller netted a 3rd before the half-time break after sloppy defending by the Portuguese.
In the opening minutes of the second-half, Portugal looked determined to get back to equal terms with the Germans with Nani making more runs into the box.
Fabio Coentrao who had been instrumental in Portugal getting the ball forward, sprung his hamstring in the 65th minute and a forced substitution had to be made and André Almeida was brought on.
A passionate Ronaldo began adding to his already impressive work rate despite a lingering injury and pushed forward with zeal.
A powerful shot by Nani followed but it was confidently dealt with by Neuer.
A short time later the Germans countered, and after clumsy failed clearances by Portugal Thomas Muller scored within the 12 yard box – earning himself a first World Cup hat-trick and taking his World Cup record to eight goals.
Muller was then substituted shortly after his third goal making way for Lukas Podolski.
A disheartened Ronaldo took what was his third free-kick for the day which forced a save from Nuer – only his second save of the game.
The game ended 4 – 0.
Germany will face Ghana in their next game.
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