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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')

Half-Time Report: Germany in control against 10-man Portugal

Germany ease into a 3-0 lead over Portugal at half time in their World Cup clash in Salvador.

Germany have opened up a commanding 3-0 lead over 10-man Portugal at half time in their World Cup clash in Salvador.

Portugal created the first opening on seven minutes following a frantic start to the match, but Cristiano Ronaldo's effort from a tight angle was well saved by Manuel Neuer.

The ball was nearly in the net at the other end just a minute later after Rui Patricio's scuffed clearance went straight to Sami Khedira, though the German midfielder could only shoot off target from all of 40 yards.

Germany made the breakthrough with 11 minutes on the clock as Joao Pereira brought down Mario Gotze inside the box, allowing Thomas Muller to sweep his penalty past Patricio.

Thomas Muller scores from the penalty spot to give Germany the lead against Portugal in their World Cup Group G match in Salvador on June 16, 2014© Getty Images

Both teams continued to show plenty of attacking intent throughout the remainder of the half, and Portugal came close to finding an equaliser on 26 minutes when Nani blasted the ball narrowly over the crossbar from 20 yards.

However, it was the Germans who doubled their lead with 31 minutes played thanks to a powerful header from Mats Hummels following a corner.

A disastrous half for Portugal was made worse on 36 minutes when Pepe was shown a straight red card after a confrontation with Muller.

The defender took exception to what he believed was an over-reaction from the forward following an earlier clash, but the referee had no option other than to send him off after he went into his opponent with his head.

Germany then extended their advantage further on the stroke of half time as Muller was picked out by Gotze before firing home from inside the box.

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