World Cup: Germany rolls over Portugal

World Cup: Germany rolls over Portugal
June 16, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany thrashed Portugal 4-0 to leave Cristiano Ronaldo's dreams of dominating the World Cup in tatters on Monday. 

Bayern Munich star Mueller bagged the first treble of his international career as Germany shrugged off a troubled build-up to the tournament to make a flying start in Group G. But it was a disastrous afternoon at Salvador's Fonte Nova Arena for Ronaldo and Portugal, who had defender Pepe sent off for a first half headbutt on Mueller.

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Mueller opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 12 minutes before defender Mats Hummels doubled Germany's advantage on the half-hour mark. The 24-year-old center forward struck again at the end of the first half before tapping home a close range effort on 78 minutes.

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