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SALVADOR, Brazil -- Thomas Muller 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. [url=http://www.cowboysfootballgearshop.com/ryan-switzer-jersey/]Ryan Switzer Jersey[/url] . Muller, who scored five goals in the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal team that was clearly outplayed despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo. "To score three goals in the World Cup opener against such an opponent is great," Muller said. With Chancellor Angela Merkel supporting in the stands, the German team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory that was virtually assured by halftime. "After 20 minutes, we looked up at the clock and thought it was going to be a long day," Muller said. "But we got into the match very well and when you lead by 2-0 in this heat and then even get the third, it was all over." Germany always aims to have an impressive start and it certainly did this time. Four years ago, it started with a 4-0 win over Australia and reached the semifinals. What must be worrying for Germanys opponents is the apparent ease with which Joachim Loews lineup disposed of the fourth-ranked team in the world. Germany next faces Ghana on June 21 and the United States on June 26. Germany coach Joachim Loew said his team implemented his game plan very well, winning the ball in midfield and then quickly attacking. Muller scored either side of Mats Hummels headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break, and added his third goal in the 81st. Ronaldo started at Arena Fonte Nova after overcoming a knee injury. He faded after threatening early in the match, including a shot from a break that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could only block, but there was nobody from Portugal to pounce on the rebound. "We lost the game already in the first half," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "We couldnt come back in the second. Germany played very well, we couldnt do anything." Portugal was already 2-0 down before Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Muller when the German player was sitting on the ground. Pepe had stuck his hand into Muellers face and the German went down. "I got hit but after that I am not really sure what happened," Muller said. It was Mueller who opened the scoring in the 12th minute after Mario Goetze had been pulled down by Joao Pereira in the box, coolly slotting the penalty kick into the right corner of Rui Patricios goal. "Ive been in some big matches before, so its not like I was afraid," Muller said. Hummels had risen above Pepe to double Germanys lead with a well-timed header from a corner in the 32nd, and Muller extended the buffer just before the break when he stripped the ball from Bruno Alves and drilled in a low shot. The Bayern Munich forward completed the rout late in the second half, poking in from close range after Patricio had fumbled a low cross from substitute Andre Schuerrle. He said the margin should have been bigger. "We should have used some of our chances better," Muller said, adding that it was hard to play in midday heat and humidity. Portugals chances were limited. Ronaldo fired a powerful free kick late in the match but Neuer punched it away. Portugal also lost big striker Hugo Almeida to an injury. He was replaced by Eder in the 28th. Fabio Coentrao injured a groin muscle and was helped off the field in 65th, to be replaced by Andre Almeida. Hummels then limped off the field with a right-knee injury, giving substitute defender Shkodran Mustafi his second cap. Germany could have scored more goals after the break but Mario Goetze and Mesut Ozil wasted good chances. In the second Group D match later Monday, the United States was playing Ghana at Natal. [url=http://www.cowboysfootballgearshop.com/taco-charlton-jersey/]Taco Charlton Jersey[/url] . Next years tournament is also within sight for Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has never played in a World Cup, but Cristiano Ronaldo looks destined for the playoffs with Portugal after a night when the qualifying picture in the nine groups became much clearer. [url=http://www.cowboysfootballgearshop.com/taco-charlton-jersey/]Taco Charlton Womens Jersey[/url] . The injury could land Machado on the 15-day disabled list, but its not as serious as it looked on Monday night, when the third baseman crumpled in a heap at the plate after taking an awkward swing in a game against the New York Yankees. [url=http://www.cowboysfootballgearshop.com/ryan-switzer-jersey/]http://www.cowboysfootballgearshop.com/ryan-switzer-jersey/[/url] . Nothing pretty. But this is 1/4 World Cup. Usually plays out this way.Catalans Dragons moved to second in the Super League standings with a 33-16 win over St Helens in Perpignan. The Dragons were 13-6 up at the break thanks to tries from Fouad Yaha and Lucas Albert, with Pat Richards offering four points from the tee and Todd Carney slotting a drop goal.Adam Swift was first to score in the second half, making it 13-10, before a flurry of Catalans tries - four in fifteen minutes - handed the French club victory and second place in the standings, two points behind Hull FC who beat Warrington 19-12 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night. Saints are left to rue the poor defence in the latter stages of the game, as they now find themselves in fifth place, six points adrift of Warrington in fourth. Though Keiron Cunninghams men look set tto make the Top 8s, they will have to work hard to make the semi-finals from this position. [url=http://www.cowboysfootballgearshop.com/chidobe-awuzie-jersey/]Chidobe Awuzie Youth Jersey[/url]. ichards opened the scoring with a penalty in the second minute, before Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook gave Saints the lead for what ended up being the only period of the game with a try which Jack Owens converted.Yaha then scored for the home side, which Richards converted to put the Dragons 8-6 ahead, before Albert crossed five minutes before the break. The conversion was missed, but the Carney drop goal put Dragons 13-6 ahead at hlf-time.Swifts try made it a three-point game after five minutes of the second period to make matters close, but Broughtons tries, sandwiched between a 54th-minute score from Morgan Escare, put Catalans ahead. Tony Gigot then crossed in the 69th minute to put the game to bed. 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