All Eyes on Brazil as Teams Battle for Soccer Supremacy

Mueller Scores 3, Germany Routs Portugal 4-0

By NESHA STARCEVIC
|  Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014  |  Updated 12:25 PM EDT
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Mueller Scores 3, Germany Routs Portugal 4-0

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Germany's Thomas Mueller (13) kicks the ball at Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio to score his side's fourth goal as Portugal's Joao Pereira (21) watches during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014.

Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on its style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener on Monday.

Mueller, who scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal team that was clearly outplayed.

With German chancellor Angela Merkel watching in the stands, her team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory.

The match was virtually decided by halftime, with Mueller scoring either side of Mats Hummels' headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break.

Portugal was reduced to 10 men when Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller as the German player sat on the ground.

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