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=]James Conner Je

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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. James Conner Jersey . 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. Jack Ham Jersey . Torres calmly stroked a 51st-minute spot kick down the middle with goalkeeper Romel Quinonez diving right to convert a penalty earned by Javi Martinez. Spain controlled play at the Sanchez Pizjuan but found it hard to convert against a well-organized Bolivian team before Iniesta charged forward to curl around Quinonez in the 84th to seal victory. Tyson Alualu Jersey . - Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldnt have been happier on Sunday. . Lack replaced an injured Roberto Luongo late in the first period then watched defenceman Chris Tanev score the winning goal midway through the third as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Jets 2-1 in a tight NHL game.Manchester United have no plans to appoint a sporting director to work alongside executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and new manager Jose Mourinho, Sky Sports News HQ has been told. It emerged in Spain over the past 48 hours that Sevillas highly-regarded sporting director Monchi - real name Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo - is determined to leave the club this summer, with Old Trafford touted as a possible destination.As well as being linked with Monchi, United were also reportedly looking at Atletico Madrids Italian sporting director Andrea Berta, who has worked closely on a number of transfers and contract negotiations with Mourinhos agent, Jorge Mendes. Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo was a Europa League winner with Sevilla However, Sky sources have learned there are no plans in place to make any such appointment at Manchester United, with Mourinho and Woodward set to conduct the clubs business in the transfer market together - with the considerable support of Mendes behind them.Woodward has been criticised for his handling of Uniteds recent transfer activity, leading to reports a sporting director would be appointed to add experience in the market to the clubs current management structure. Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho are set to conduct Uniteds business in the transfer market together Sky Sports News HQ reported last month how United hesitated over the potential signing of Renato Sanches from Benfica this summer, although United insisted former manager Louis van Gaal vetoed the signing.Other targets United are perceived to have missed out on have seen further criticism thrown in Woodwards direction over the past two years, amongst them Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Toni Kroos. There was also the strange situation in 2013 where it emerged imposters claimed to be acting for Manchester United in a bungled attempt to sign Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. The midfielder remained at the club that summer, but went on to join United a year later. Ander Herrera joined United a year after a bungled attempt by imposters to sign him from Athletic Bilbao In addition, the fee United paid Monaco for Anthony Martial raised eyebrows in football circles. It was understood Martial was available for considerably less than the amount United paid for him, had they acted earlier in the summer.Reports claimed United could pay as much as £61.5m if all the clauses in Martials transfer are met, while Tottenham were quoted a much lower figure weeks before the player moved to Old Trafford.Mourinho himself endured a frustrating transfer window at Chelsea last summer. The club saaw three bids for John Stones rejected by Everton and sold left-back Filipe Luis without having a replacement ready to come in, meaning Augsburg were able to hold out for over £20m for Baba Rahman. Arthur Moats Jersey. United are thought to have paid far more for Anthony Martial than he had been available for, a few weeks before his transfer to Old Trafford Meanwhile, Sevilla have said they expect Monchi to honour his contract at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. His current deal runs until 2020, although Everton remain an option for him if he is able to negotiate his way out of the club.Everton are keen on the idea of appointing a sporting director to help them rebuild their squad after the recent investment of Farhad Moshiri.The club expect to receive bids this summer for Stones and Romelu Lukaku and are keen on the appointment of an experienced sporting director to strengthen their current management structure. Louis van Gaal is said to have turned down the chance to sign Benficas Renato Sanches, despite claims United hesitated over a move for him Monchi has earned a reputation as one of the most successful sporting directors in the world over the past decade and has helped Sevilla make a profit of over £150m during his time in charge, whilst still delivering silverware.He spotted Dani Alves early in his career and signed him for €500,000 - five years later, Alves was sold to Barcelona for €35m.Sevilla also made a huge profit when selling Ivan Rakitic to the Catalan club, having paid Schalke just €2.5m for him in 2011. Dani Alves is one of the players Monchi is credited with unearthing during his time in Spain with Sevilla It has been reported Moshiri has already held talks with Sevilla manager Unai Emery, who last month led the club to a third successive Europa League title.Sky Sports News HQ has been told Emery and Monchi would both welcome the chance to work together in England in the future, should the right opportunity arise. Get Sky Sports Alerts Keep up to date during the close season. Your teams breaking news - direct to your mobile Also See: Jose: I wont focus on Pep Blind, Mata set for United exits Depay out to impress Mourinho Herrera: Jose can push me Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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