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2014 FIFA World Cup

Group G

Half Time: Germany 3-0 Portugal

Date: 16 June 2014

Venue: Arena Fonte Nova

A brace from Thomas Muller and a goal from Mats Hummels saw Germany with a convincing 3-0 lead over Portugal at half time in their opening Group G, 2014 FIFA World Cup match at the Arena Fonte Nova on Monday.

It was a lively start to the game with both sides setting their stalls out in attack which made for an exciting opening half.

Portugal started the better of the two teams and had the majority of shots on goal early on, but they were pegged back in the 11th minute when Thomas Muller gave Germany the lead from the penalty spot.

The penalty came about because of a swift passing movement that saw Mario Goetze in space and pulled down inside the box by Joao Pereira.

Despite going behind Portugal continued to press forward, but struggled to break down a well-structured Germany defence.

The Germans did not do much attacking in the opening half hour, but when they pushed forward they were clinical and this was evident when Mats Hummels scored their second in the 32nd minute after heading home a corner-kick.

Things went from bad to worse for Portugal who were reduced to ten men when Pepe was shown a straight red card for a head-butt on Muller in the 37th minute.

Muller virtually wrapped up the match and the win for Germany with his side’s third goal in the first minute of injury time, 3-0.

Statistically, Germany had more shots on goal with seven attempts to Portugal’s six.

You can follow the second half action live in our match centre or catch the key moments on Twitter @Soccer_Laduma

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