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
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.
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