GermanyThe first hat-trick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup courtesy of Thomas Müller led Germany to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening group game.

Portugal led by two time world player of the year Cristiano Ronlado, were clearly outplayed and their chances of winning were compounded by a first half red card from Pepe.

What happened to Portugal?

Pepe is no stranger to red cards and moments of madness but even by his standards, picking up a first half red card in a world cup match against Germany is ridiculous. In an off-the-ball incident, in plain sight of the referee, Pepe swooped down to head-butt Germany’s Thomas Müller who had moments earlier gone down a little softly, clutching his face following a flailing arm from Pepe. Joey Barton who is no stranger to controversy on the pitch tweeted:

“As a one time connoisseur of the dark arts of madness, in my expert opinion, that from Pepe, was supreme, world class madness.”

With Chancellor Angela Merkel supporting in the stands, Germany took the lead in the 12th minute through a Mueller penalty. It was not long before their lead was doubled by a Matt Hummels header from a Toni Kroos set-piece. With Portugal at best looking dangerous on the counter as Germany dominated possession, the stage was set for Pepe’s moment of madness at the World Cup.

As if the game was difficult enough, going down to 10 men, the Portuguese were virtually ruled out if the contest. Less than ten minutes after going down a man, Portugal took another blow with Mueller’s second goal.

Germany – Thomas Müller did a great job

The second half saw the Germans take the foot off the pedal as they enjoyed their three goal advantage. Mueller who scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup was not done as he netted his 3rd goal, minutes before being replaced by Poldolski and launching himself to the top of the goal scorers chart.

Germany always aims to provide a solid start to major tournaments, with the current World Cup being no exception. Victory over Portugal handed Germany its 100th win in World Cup history. Looking like a well-oiled machine, one cannot help but ask if this will be the World Cup that the Germans go all the way.

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