Story of the match:

  • Muller scores a hat-trick
  • Portugal's Pepe sent off in the first half
  • Hummels heads in Germany's second before being injured
  • Portugal suffer their heaviest defeat at the World Cup

Thomas Muller scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup as Germany produced a ruthless attacking display to destroy 10-man Portugal and open their World Cup campaign in style.

The 24-year-old, who scored five goals to win the Golden Boot in South Africa four years ago, took his World Cup total to eight with a sensational performance.

The Bayern Munich forward dispatched an early penalty, drilled home Germany's third and tapped in a fourth, with centre-back Mats Hummels heading the second before going off with a knee injury.

'It's all gone wrong for Portugal'

"Germany have played so patient. Sometimes in our country we rush it because of the crowd and the excitement but the Germans have played to their tempo. They look really solid at the back as well.

"Portugal's situation is similar to Spain. But if they win their two games, they will get through.

"They've got two winnable games and they've just got to make sure they win them."

Portugal lost defender Pepe to a needless red card at 2-0 after he appeared to headbutt Muller, and Paulo Bento's men could not recover as Cristiano Ronaldo had little chance to impress.

The result was wrapped up with plenty of time to spare, putting Germany in pole position to dominate Group G and fuelling hopes of a first World Cup triumph since 1990.

Although Joachim Low's men had won each of the past three meetings between these sides, including at the same stage of Euro 2012, Portugal made the better start, with Ronaldo to the fore.

The Real Madrid forward was troubled by knee and thigh problems in the build-up, but showed no sign of discomfort. His early break set up Hugo Almeida for a weak shot, before the two-time Ballon d'Or winner beat Per Mertesacker and drew an alert save from Manuel Neuer.

Portugal's Pepe (left) and Germany's Thomas Muller

Since 2002, Portugal have had six red cards in 15 World Cup games - twice as many as any other side

That scare seemed to spark Germany into life. Sami Khedira missed an open goal after a poor clearance by goalkeeper Rui Patricio, but the opener would soon arrive.

Muller, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze were causing Portugal all manner of problems and, when the latter was hauled down after forcing his way past Joao Pereira, referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot. The penalty was tucked into the bottom corner by Muller.

Germany stats

That settled Germany into a rhythm, executing their 4-2-1-2-1 formation far better than Portugal to look solid at the back and capable of threatening every time they came forward.

Nani drilled a rare Portugal effort narrowly over the bar, but Gotze almost doubled the lead with a shot that deflected wide. Then, following Toni Kroos's resultant corner, Hummels did burnish the advantage, exploiting Portugal's sloppy zonal marking to head powerfully past Patricio.

Portugal briefly rallied. Fabio Coentrao inexplicably tried to cross for Ronaldo when he should have shot and Eder - on the the injured Almeida - headed over.

But any hopes they harboured of a comeback were dashed when Muller fell after what looked like a flailing arm from Pepe, who reacted by bending down and nudging his head against that of the grounded German.

Portugal coach Bento seemed appalled at the Real Madrid defender's actions, and Portugal's afternoon deteriorated further when Bruno Alves struck a clearance straight into the body of Muller, who reacted sharply to lash a shot under Patricio.

The contrast on the two benches as the half-time whistle blew was stark - all smiles and high-fives among the Germans, bowed heads and dejection among the Portuguese - and the interval did little to change things.

The Muller-Ozil-Gotze axis continued to wreak havoc and they combined again as Gotze slipped Ozil though, but the Arsenal playmaker was denied by Patricio and Muller headed the rebound over.

Facts from the match

  • Portugal conceded four goals in a World Cup game for the first time in their history
  • Muller has now scored six goals in his last four World Cup games
  • Only Spain (17) have won more penalties at the World Cup than Germany (13)

Ozil's disappointment at being replaced by Chelsea's Andre Schurrle epitomised how much Germany were enjoying the game, and Gotze went close again after a stunning counter-attack involving Muller and Schurrle.

The only downside for Low's side was a knee injury to Hummels but Portugal had plenty to ponder, not least the irate Ronaldo, who was furious not to earn a penalty for Benedikt Hoewedes's challenge on Eder.

Their day would get worse still, though, when Muller completed the rout after Schurrle's drive was repelled. It was the first time Portugal had conceded four goals in a World Cup match.

Ronaldo almost had the final word with a blistering free-kick, but Neuer proved his equal.

Germany forward Thomas Muller:

"I've been involved in the last three major tournaments so I'm used to the pressure.

"But to score three goals in one game - that's pretty amazing, and the goals just got better and better. It's fantastic, but the merit also goes to the rest of the team.

"I just felt a blow from Pepe's fist, but I can't really remember much of what happened after."

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel with Fifa president Sepp Blatter sitting on her left

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) celebrates the second goal

Germany defender Mats Hummels (right) is challenged by Portugal forward Hugo Almeida

Hummels (right) won the Uefa Under-21 Championship with Germany in 2009

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany player Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler took the chance to post a selfie with Chancellor Merkel

(left to right) Sergio Garcia, Markus Kuhn of the NY Giants and US Open winner Martin Kaymer

Sergio Garcia, Markus Kuhn of the NY Giants and US Open winner Martin Kaymer watched the match in New York

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Germany

  • 01 Neuer
  • 20 Boateng
  • 04 Höwedes
  • 16 Lahm
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 05 Hummels (Mustafi - 73' )
  • 06 Khedira
  • 18 Kroos
  • 13 Müller (Podolski - 82' )
  • 08 Özil (Schürrle - 63' )
  • 19 Götze

Substitutes

  • 02 Großkreutz
  • 03 Ginter
  • 07 Schweinsteiger
  • 09 Schürrle
  • 10 Podolski
  • 11 Klose
  • 12 Zieler
  • 14 Draxler
  • 15 Durm
  • 21 Mustafi
  • 22 Weidenfeller
  • 23 Kramer

Portugal

  • 12 Patricio
  • 21 João Pereira Booked
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão (Almeida - 65' )
  • 04 Miguel Veloso (Ricardo Costa - 45' )
  • 03 Pepe Dismissed
  • 02 Bruno Alves
  • 08 João Moutinho
  • 16 Meireles
  • 09 Hugo Almeida (Éder - 28' )
  • 17 Nani
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Eduardo
  • 06 Carvalho
  • 10 Vieirinha
  • 11 Éder
  • 13 Ricardo Costa
  • 14 Neto
  • 15 Rafa Silva
  • 18 Varela
  • 19 Almeida
  • 20 Amorim
  • 22 Beto
  • 23 Postiga
Ref: Milorad Mazic
Att: 51,081

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

6 4

Corners

4 6

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Germany 4, Portugal 0.

90:00 +1:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Germany 4, Portugal 0.

90:00 +1:07

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:30

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Germany).

90:00 +0:30

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:45

Offside, Germany. Sami Khedira tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

88:04

Jerome Boateng (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:04

Foul by Raul Meireles (Portugal).

84:43

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:07

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Germany).

84:07

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:32

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

81:30

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Lukas Podolski replaces Thomas Müller.

80:46

Foul by Jerome Boateng (Germany).

80:46

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 4, Portugal 0. Thomas Müller (Germany) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

77:30

Attempt blocked. Philipp Lahm (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

75:29

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:29

Foul by Bruno Alves (Portugal).

74:30

Attempt saved. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Costa.

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Shkodran Mustafi replaces Mats Hummels.

72:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:50

Delay in match Mats Hummels (Germany) because of an injury.

68:30

Corner, Germany. Conceded by João Pereira.

68:28

Attempt blocked. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle with a through ball.

67:37

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

67:25

Attempt blocked. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.

65:08

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:43

Foul by André Schürrle (Germany).

64:43

Ricardo Costa (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. André Almeida replaces Fábio Coentrão because of an injury.

64:07

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:51

Delay in match Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) because of an injury.

62:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. André Schürrle replaces Mesut Özil.

59:50

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

59:34

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:39

Foul by Jerome Boateng (Germany).

58:39

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:02

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:02

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

53:35

Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

53:35

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:47

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (Germany) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

50:45

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Götze with a through ball.

47:24

Offside, Germany. Philipp Lahm tries a through ball, but Benedikt Höwedes is caught offside.

46:31

Sami Khedira (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:31

Foul by Nani (Portugal).

45:00

Second Half begins Germany 3, Portugal 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Ricardo Costa replaces Miguel Veloso.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Germany 3, Portugal 0.

45:00 +1:44

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

45:00 +1:18

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

45:00 +0:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 3, Portugal 0. Thomas Müller (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

41:42

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

40:25

Sami Khedira (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:25

Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Portugal).

39:53

Attempt missed. Mario Götze (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high following a corner.

39:25

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Bruno Alves.

39:23

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:36 Dismissal

Dismissal Pepe (Portugal) is shown the red card for fighting.

36:33

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:33

Foul by Pepe (Portugal).

35:48

Attempt missed. Eder (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

34:56

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

33:30

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:30

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

31:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 2, Portugal 0. Mats Hummels (Germany) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

30:35

Corner, Germany. Conceded by João Pereira.

30:34

Attempt blocked. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

28:58

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:58

Foul by João Pereira (Portugal).

27:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Eder replaces Hugo Almeida because of an injury.

27:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:43

Delay in match Hugo Almeida (Portugal) because of an injury.

25:45

Foul by Mario Götze (Germany).

25:45

Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:20

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Miguel Veloso.

21:45

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:45

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

18:18

Philipp Lahm (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:18

Foul by Nani (Portugal).

16:39

Jerome Boateng (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:39

Foul by Raul Meireles (Portugal).

15:05

Offside, Portugal. João Pereira tries a through ball, but Hugo Almeida is caught offside.

13:05

Attempt blocked. Miguel Veloso (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Pereira.

11:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Germany 1, Portugal 0. Thomas Müller (Germany) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

10:20 Booking

Booking João Pereira (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

9:59

Penalty Germany. Mario Götze draws a foul in the penalty area.

9:59

Penalty conceded by João Pereira (Portugal) after a foul in the penalty area.

8:39

Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

8:39

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:31

Attempt missed. Sami Khedira (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:05

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miguel Veloso.

5:48

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão.

4:02

Attempt saved. Hugo Almeida (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

1:56

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Pepe.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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