In one of the most awaited group stage matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Germany thrashed Portugal this Thursday afternoon (16.06) at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. This was the second match held at the stadium. In the first, the Dutch took no notice of Spain, beating them 5-1. This means that ten goals have been scored at the venue in the two big international derbies.
Germany's superiority was evident throughout the match. The man of the match was Thomas Müller, who scored a hat-trick and is now the World Cup’s top scorer in Brazil. The other German goal was scored by defender Mats Hummels. The FIFA world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal did not have a good game.
The Germans took the lead early on: in the 10th minute, Portuguese right-back João Pereira brought Götze down in the box and Serbian referee Mirolad Mazic whistled for a penalty. The Portuguese complained a lot to no avail. Müller released a powerful shot, sending the ball into the right corner and opening the score.
In the 27th minute, Portugal lost an important player. Forward Hugo Almeida injured his thigh and had to leave the pitch. Eder came on in his place. A little later, German defender Mats Hummels got his head to the ball after a corner and scored Germany’s second.
However, Portugal's afternoon was about to get even worse when defender Pepe hit Müller in the face when going for a ball and then, while the German player was on the ground, headbutted him. He was given his marching orders and left Portugal with ten men on the pitch.
Before the break, Müller scored again. Kroos crossed into the area, Bruno Alves tried to clear it, Müller intercepted it and drilled a shot in. Rui Patrício tried to defend it with his foot, but the ball found its way into the net.
A man down, Portugal could not muster a reaction in the second half. Fábio Coentrão also got himself injured and André Almeida had to replace him in the 64th minute.
Thomas Müller scored this third goal in the 77th minute. Schürrle came into the box from the right and crossed. The Portuguese keeper only parried the shot partially and the ball fell to the German player's feet, who steered it into goal, bringing his total World Cup tally to 8 goals. He had got on the scoresheet five times in 2010, in South Africa.