Jun 16, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Germany
4-0
Portugal
Muller (11' pen., 45', 78'), Hummels (31')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Pereira (10')
Pepe (36')

Joachim Low praises hat-trick hero Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller celebrates scoring his hattrick for Germany in their World Cup opening game against Portugal on June 16, 2014.
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Germany coach Joachim Low hails Thomas Muller for his hat-trick against Portugal on Monday.

Germany coach Joachim Low hailed Thomas Muller after the Bayern Munich forward scored a hat-trick against Portugal on Monday.

Low's side beat the Portuguese 4-0 with Muller netting a hat-trick alongside Mats Hummels's first-half header, and the German boss praised his number 13 after the game.

He told reporters: "Thomas played very well up front. He kept Pepe and Bruno Alves busy the whole time. With his running paths he ripped the defence apart for other players – and he scored three goals. That's Thomas Muller.

"He is a very unconventional player. Even as a coach you don't know which way he will go sometimes."

Germany play Ghana on Saturday.

German head coach Joachim Low reacts during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Cologne, western Germany on October 11, 2013
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