Germany 4-0 Portugal: Arsenal defender gives strong performance

Arsenal defender Per Mertersacker remained solid at the back as Germany brushed aside a very poor Portugal side 4-0 in their opening game of the World Cup.

From the very off Germany and Portugal threw blows at each other, but over time the latter's blows became non-existent and the former became haymakers.

Germany looked in excellent form and took only 12 minutes to take the lead after Mario Goetze was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Thomas Muller, who won the Golden Boot at the previous World Cup, to slam it home.

Portugal never looked to be in the game after the first goal and Germany doubled the lead when Mats Hummels slammed in a header from an organised corner.

This was when the sorry state of affairs took place. Pepe won the ball off Muller but used his hands to help ward off the German. Muller went down claiming that the Real Madrid defender had slapped him in the face to which Pepe walked over and put his head in the Bayern Munich forward's face. It wasn’t a head-butt, but the referee deemed it an aggressive enough offence to the centre-back a straight red.

Portugal were then in free fall, and on the stroke of half-time, Muller again scored. Making changes at half-time, Portugal coped with the ever industrious Germans better. However, this only worked till the 78th minute when Muller capped a fine display by completing his hat-trick.

Germany will have returned to the dressing room feeling like they can go far in this tournament, while Portugal will be trying to re-group and address how they can still get out of Group G.

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