Germany Dominates Portugal 4-0

Thomas Müller nets three, scores a hat trick for Germany.

Thomas Müller celebrates his third goal on the day. Germany defeats Portugal in a 4-0 rout. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber


The 4-0 loss to Germany is Portugal’s worst defeat in the country’s World Cup history.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s all over in Salvador. Germany defeats Portugal 4-0. Angela Merkel approves.

Thomas Müller becomes the fifth German player to score a hat trick at the World Cup. 4-0 Germany.

Goal Müller! 4-0 Germany. Müller gets the hat trick, third goal of the day.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Portugal’s troubles vs. Germany. The Germans are still up 3-0 in the second half.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates in the stands at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Germany dominating Portugal, up 3-0 in the second half.

Germany just dominating Portugal, up 3-0 at the half. Thomas Müller scores twice for Germany. Pepe sent off for Portugal with a red card after headbutting Müller.

And Germany scores again, 3-0.

The head-butt that earned Pepe a red card and an early exit. Portugal is playing a man down now.

Portugal’s Pepe sent off with a red card for this head-butt.


Germany converts a corner kick opportunity. Now up 2-0 in the first half.

Here is the foul that led to a German penalty kick and the first goal of the match.

Müller scores! Germany 1-0.

Penalty kick upcoming for Germany!

A nice counterattack run by Ronaldo sets up a good early chance for Portugal.

And we’re underway in Salvador.

Ronaldo and Portugal take the field.

Portugal fans inside Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador getting pumped up.

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

The German side warming up prior to the match.

AP Photo/Francois Marit

Here are the starting lineups for Germany and Portugal.


On this day in 1982, Germany lost its opening World Cup match for the first and only time when they were upset by Algeria, 2-1.

Algeria’s Lakhdar Belloumi, left, celebrates after scoring the second and winning goal for his team during the World Cup soccer match between Algeria and Germany in Gijon, Spain on June 16, 1982. AP

Lukas Podolski says Germany wants to win the World Cup for German Formula One race car legend Michael Schumacher, who left a French hospital Monday after six months in intensive care for a skiing accident that left him in a coma.


Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo posted this Instagram ahead of today’s match.

Caption translation: “Today, when our adventure finally starts we will be much more than 10 million. We will be passion, emotion, belief, determination, perseverance. We will be the spirit of victory. We will be hope. All together, holding hands and with hearts united, with one voice. And paraphrasing Pope Francis, no one wins by themselves, not on the field and not in life. Go Portugal!”

STAT OF THE DAY: Germany becomes the first country to reach 100 World Cup matches when they kickoff against Portugal today.

Germany’s Lukas Podolski



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