Germany's Thomas Mueller celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
WORLD CUP: Müller, Germany beat Portugal 4-0
Salvador, Brazil (WGR-550) - It was all Germany Monday afternoon in Group G's opening match versus Portugal.
The German onslaught started in the 12th minute. Thomas Müller drew a penalty inside the penalty area, and sent his penalty kick past Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Twenty minutes later, Tony Kroos sent his corner kick inside the Portuguese box, and Mats Hummels put a beatufiul header in the back of the net. 2-0 Germany.
After the second goal, tensions had begun to flare. While jockeying for possession, Pepe, Portugal's most decorated defender, threw an elbow that hit Germany's Müller in the face. As Müller was on the ground holding his face, Pepe went back and headbutted Müller. Referee Milorad Mazic gave Pepe a straight red card, ruling out the defender for Sunday's contest against the United States.
Müller would add two more goals to give himself a hat trick, and the Germans would go on to win 4-0.
The United States makes their 2014 World Cup debut this evening, as they take on Ghana at 6:00 PM. Our sister station, AM-1400 will be carrying the broadcast.