Germany dominated Portugal in both teams’ opening match in the World Cup on Monday, winning 4-0.
The game was dramatically impacted by the red card given to Pepe, leaving Portugal a man down for more than half the game.
Thomas Muller scored three goals and Mats Hummels chipped in another for Germany.
Portugal barely had any real chances to score.
Controversy came in the 37th minute when Real Madrid defender Pepe was given a red card for head-butting Muller.
The action was fairly slow in the second half due to Portugal being a man down.
Muller did score his third goal in the second half to make the blowout 4-0.
Portugal will face the United States on June 22 and Ghana on June 26.
Germany will play Ghana on June 21 and the United States on June 26.
See an Associated Press recap below.
Mueller scores 3, Germany routs Portugal 4-0
SALVADOR, Brazil—Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on its style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener on Monday.
Mueller, who scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal team that was clearly outplayed.
With German chancellor Angela Merkel watching in the stands, her team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory.
The match was virtually decided by halftime, with Mueller scoring either side of Mats Hummels’ headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break.
Portugal was reduced to 10 men when Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller as the German player sat on the ground.