Fans react to Germany's 4-0 thrashing of Portugal

Jubilant German fans react to their side’s 4-0 win over Portugal in Salvador, while Portuguese supporters still believe that their team can qualify.

For the second time in four days, there were contrasting emotions as fans left the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

On Friday, the Netherlands fans were ecstatic after watching their side demolish Spain 5-1, while the Spanish supporters left the stadium shell-shocked.

This time around German fans danced in jubilation in the streets after their team beat Portugal 4-0 on Monday, while the scarlet-clad Portuguese supporters bemoaned their side's performance.

"I would never have thought we would have won 4-0, but we played unbelievably today. We are very thankful that we won against Portugal," one German fan said, while another simply could not stop repeating the scoreline.

For Portugal, it was the other end of the emotional spectrum. Their fans were discouraged by the result and were furious with defender Pepe, who was sent off for a headbutt.

"We feel a little ashamed by this result. We think that the referee didn't do very well," one fan lamented. "Pepe also made mistakes and considering the importance of this game he should have behaved better. Headbutting someone is not just okay."

However, the Portuguese remain optimistic that their side can put their disappointing start behind them and advance to the knockout stages.

"I think that all is not lost. It was a bad game for us, but I think we've got all it takes to make it to the final," said one fan, while another added: "It was the first game, so I think Portugal will do better next time."

Portugal face a difficult task to qualify in the fiercely competitive Group G, which also features Ghana and the USA.

However, with the game against the group's frontrunners out of the way, Portugal can focus on winning both of their remaining matches to almost guarantee qualification.

Germany, meanwhile, are clear favourites to advance from the group, and striker Thomas Muller leads the race to win the Golden Boot after bagging a hat-trick in the opener. The Bayern Munich star was also top goalscorer at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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