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')

Mesut Ozil hails Germany for thwarting "genius" Cristiano Ronaldo

A dejected Cristiano Ronaldo walks away after Portugal lose 4-0 to Germany in their World Cup opener on June 16, 2014.
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Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil hails his defensive teammates for their work on combating the "genius" of Cristiano Ronaldo last Monday.

Mesut Ozil has paid tribute to Germany's defence for managing to contain the "genius" of Cristiano Ronaldo in their World Cup opener on Monday.

Thomas Muller bagged a hat-trick as Germany cruised to a 4-0 win in Salvador earlier this week, with current Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo seen cutting a disconsolate figure at times.

Ozil, who played with the Portuguese ace at Real Madrid for three years, hailed his defensive teammates for their "commendable" work in combating the 29-year-old.

"Cristiano Ronaldo had given his all for Real Madrid," the 25-year-old said in an interview with The Times of India.

"From my experiences in training sessions with him I know he is truly a genius. To be able to contain him the way we did was commendable for our defence."

Joachim Low's side continue their Group G campaign by facing Ghana tonight.

Thomas Muller celebrates scoring his hattrick for Germany in their World Cup opening game against Portugal on June 16, 2014.
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