Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, 16.06.2014
Müller pen 12., 45+1., 78., Hummels 32. / –
Germany opened their 2014 World Cup campaign with a resounding victory over Portugal, with hat-trick hero Thomas Müller picking up where he has left off in South Africa four years previously. Arguably the toughest of the Mannschaft’s three opponents, the Portuguese were two goals down before half-time, and following the dismissal of the awful Pepe eight minutes before the break the match turned into something of a procession.
Jogi Löw’s side came into this match with a good recent record against Portugal, with the last meeting coming in the group phase at the last Euros in 2012. Back then it took the Germans seventy-three minutes to break the deadlock and eke out a 1-0 win; this time around, any early nerves were quickly soothed by Müller’s clinical twelfth-minute penalty.
Germany: Neuer – Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels (73. Mustafi), Höwedes – Lahm (c) – Khedira, Kroos – Özil (63. Schürrle), Götze, Müller (82. Podolski)
Portugal: Rui Patricio – Bruno Alves, Pepe, João Pereira, Fábio Coentrão (65. André Almeida) – Miguel Veloso (46. Ricardo Costa) – João Moutinho, Raul Meireles – Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo (c) – Hugo Almeida (28. Éder)
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Assistants: Milovan Ristić, Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
Fourth Official: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth Official: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Yellow Cards: – / João Pereira 11.
Red Cards: – / Pepe 37.
Ball Possession: 54% / 46%
Attempts on Target: 9 / 9
Attempts off Target: 4 / 5
Corners: 4 / 6
Fouls Committed: 8 / 11
Man of the Match: Thomas Müller