Germany comfortably defeated Portugal 4-0 in the Arena Fone Nova stadium in the city of Salvador. It was the opening game of Group G with the Germans reminding the world why they should be considered one of the favorites to win the 2014 World Cup. The goals came from a Thomas Muller hat trick and a Hummels header. The truth was the game was over the second Pepe decided to get in the face of Muller, for this, the Real Madrid player was red carded, after that, Portugal completely lost their way.
Here’s how it went down in Salvador:
Thomas Muller Entered the Record Books
The Bayern Munich striker scored a hat trick to take him to seven World Cup goals in just seven World Cup games. The striker’s first goal came in the 12th minute after a confident penalty when Pereira was adjudged to have brought down Gotze. The penalty was debatable but the finish was not.
There was no chance for Patricio as Muller powered it home. His second was Germany’s third after Bruno Alves had the most half-hearted clearance you’ll ever see. This resulted in Muller stroking it home.
The third came late on as a powerful low cross from Schurrle was palmed by Patricio into the path of Muller who placed it home and guaranteed he was taking home the game ball.
Pepe Is a Huge Liability
Real Madrid fans will tell you that Pepe is a reliable defender who gets unfair media attention due to his high profile indiscretions. Everybody else knows that he’s a huge liability and he proved it again today. Unable to handle the pressure, he reacted violently to Thomas Muller when he believed the striker flopped, pretending to have been elbowed. With Muller on the ground, Pepe leaned down and thrusted his head on to the forward. The ref had no hesitation and red carded the Madrid player who will miss the team’s next game against the U.S.
Ronaldo was Petulant
Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as being one of the world’s best players, can be a really petulant guy. After some good chances early on, when Portugal found themselves in a lost cause situation, he took to just firing shots from all different angles. He was just point blank refusing to acknowledge his team mates. One good free kick late on pulled a good save from Neuer but other than that, as the game went on, Ronaldo became more-and-more frustrating to watch.
Schurrle Was a Great Option For Germany
Another positive note for Germany was a the appearance of Andre Schurrle late on. He gave a new dimension and revitalized the German attacks who were become complacent due to Portugal’s lack of fight. His break down the right wing and powerful cross set up Muller’s hat trick. The Chelsea player proved himself dangerous every time he got the ball.
Coentrao Looks Unlikely to Play Against the U.S.
The Real Madrid defender pulled his groin possibly late on in the game and was stretchered off. It was further disappointing for Portugal as he had been one of their most positive players. He looked far more threatening coming down the wings than Nani did. The Manchester United winger looked unfit and uninterested, his game was epitomized when he took the ball off of Coentrao’s feet.
Angela Merkel Was There
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was there and seemed to be really enjoying the experience. She was photographed watching intently as the German’s blew Portugal away. She also bestowed a standing ovation upon Mesut Ozil when he was taken off, even though he didn’t really deserve her adulation.