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Germany dismantles injury, red card-struck Portugal 4-0; Group G open for business

Jun 16, 2014, 1:59 PM EST

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Short of Cristiano Ronaldo quitting or losing a limb, Portugal’s 2014 World Cup opener could’ve hardly gone any worse than its 4-0 loss to Germany.

The Germans ran roughshod over Portugal to open the match, building a 2-0 lead before Pepe decided to make it even easier for them by headbutting Thomas Muller after the German embellished contact from the Portuguese defender.

The dismissal will give Pepe a night off against the United States on Sunday. It was a solid player losing his mind on a massive stage, and it was a stunner.

“Drawing” the headbutt from Pepe was far from Muller’s only work in the match, as the forward secured a hat trick with a 78th minute goal to make it 4-0 to the Germans. The prohibitive favorite of Group G, the Germans were clinical and workmanlike.

They dismantled Portugal. It wasn’t close. Here’s what we were saying at halftime.

12′ - Mario Gotze was dragged down in the box by Joao Pereira, who is given the yellow card. More importantly, it’s a penalty kick for Thomas Muller and, well, he’s good. Low, hard and to the right of the keeper. 1-0, Germany.

30′ - The culprit from the PK, Pereira, bails out Bruno Alves by deflecting Gotze’s shot out for a corner but the relief is short-lived. Toni Kroos sends in a beaut that Mats Hummels rises to head past Rui Patricio. 2-0, tallest team in World Cup.

45′+1 - Bruno Alves’ weak clearance attempt falls to Muller’s feet, and the German forward does what he does in the World Cup: he scores. 3-0.

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Muller capped his hat trick with a tap-in goal that gives him eight World Cup goals asource: APt the age of 24.

Making things worse for the Portuguese was a scary-looking injury to standout back Fabio Coentrao. If he’s unable to play on Sunday, that would be two world-class defenders who would miss the US match. Attacker Hugo Almeida also left the game in the first half with an injury.

Germany lost a defender, too, in goal-scoring Mats Hummels. The States face Germany on the group’s final day.

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Ronaldo was a shadow of his great self, looking frustrated and chirping at the referees (admittedly, he had a point from time-to-time. Eder could’ve had a late penalty).

Portugal: Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Veloso (Costa, 46′), Coentrao (A. Almeida, 65′), Ronaldo, Moutinho, H. Almeida (Eder, 27′), Meireles, Nani, Pereira.

Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels (Mustafi, 72′), Khedira, Ozil (Schurrle, 61′), Muller (Podolski, 81′), Lahm, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Boateng

Goals: Muller 3 (12′, 45+1′, 78′), Hummels (30′)

  1. Dan - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Thomas Mueller is 24, not 28.

  2. nottinghamforest13 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    A fine display of Aryan dominance.

    • reformed2012 - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      SIEG HEIL

  3. godsholytrousers - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Northern Europe 9
    Iberian Peninsula 1
    (on aggregate)

    • lorenzo463 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      What’s the football world coming to when fans casually lump Germany and the Netherlands together like this? Frank Rijkaard spits in disapproval.

      • wwsiralexd - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Haha….Very funny…I still where I was when the spit happened.

  4. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Reblogged this on Bampots Utd.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Wow. Pepe, the smiling psychopath. What a mental midget.

  6. geejon - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Damn shame Portugal wasn’t awarded a penalty after being down 4-0. I would have loved to see that selfish prick of a leader they have put one away to make 4-1 and then rip his shirt off and run around the pitch. Would have been priceless, just like when he did it in the CL final in a game that was already over and he’d been invisible in for 120 minutes.

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