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Three-goal Thomas Mueller had a day to remember while goal-less Cristiano Ronaldo had a day to forget in Salvador, Brazil 

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Portugal's defender Pepe (R) gets a too little close to Germany's forward Thomas Mueller after a clash and is soon shown a red card during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

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Mueller hat-trick as Germany rout Portugal

SALVADOR, Brazil, AFP – Thomas Mueller claimed a hat-trick as Germany opened their World Cup on Monday with a 4-0 rout of 10-man Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo endured an afternoon to forget.

A decisive first-half saw Germany race into 3-0 lead as Mueller converted a penalty, then fired home their third on the stroke of half-time after a Mats Hummels header had also hit the target.

"It's glorious to score three goals in a game like that," said Mueller.

Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (C) is watched by Germany's midfielder Sami Khedira (2R) as he scores his third goal past Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio (R) AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/POOL

"When you are 1-0 up, you get a tail-wind and when we made it 2-0, that was a huge advantage. With the numerical advantage, the game was as good as won."

Portugal played almost an hour with a man down after defender Pepe was red-carded for aiming a head-butt at Mueller after an altercation.

"I felt a fist in my face and what happened after that was nothing to do with me," added Mueller.

World Player of the Year Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes of the Group G opener despite recent injuries, but the Portugal captain was powerless to prevent his side being over-run.

Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shoots past Germany's defender Per Mertesacker. He didn't score. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

"We lost the game in the first-half," said Portugal coach Paulo Bento.

"I think it's better if I don't say anything about the referee."

Germany continue their domination of Portugal by adding Brazil 2014 to their list of recent wins over Ronaldo's side which includes the 2006 World Cup, plus the 2008 and 2012 European championships.

Having declared himself '100 percent fit' , Ronaldo lived up to his word with an early shot, then put Hugo Almeida into space, but the Germans were soon on top.

Sami Khedira fired wide after a loose pass from Rui Patricio with eight minutes gone at the start of a busy period for the Portugal goalkeeper.

When left-back Joao Pereira tugged back on Mario Goetze's shirt, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic pointed straight to the spot.

Mueller, who scored five goals in the 2010 finals to claim both the Golden Boot and best young player award, planted his penalty in the bottom corner to open the German's account on 12 minutes.

Bento was forced into an early substitution as Almeida pulled up with a muscle injury to make way for Eder.

Goetze then crashed a shot wide of the post, just before the Germans went 2-0 up.

Toni Kroos swung in a corner and centre-back Hummels out-jumped Pepe to plant his header past Patricio on 32 minutes.

Portugal's fortunes went from bad to worse on 37 minutes when the standing Pepe aimed a head-butt at the seated Mueller after a tussle to earn a straight red card.

(From L) Portugal's forward Eder, Portugal's defender Andre Almeida, Portugal's defender Bruno Alves and Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo react after the Group G football match AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Mueller had his revenge on the stroke of half-time when he chested down Kroos' long pass and smashed his shot past Patricio as it finished 3-0 at the interval.

After the break, Portugal kept chipping away at the solid German defence, which had been a concern coming into Brazil.

But Portugal's fortunes were summed up when one of Ronaldo's trademark free-kicks cannoned off the German wall leaving the world's best player with his head in his hands.

Mueller wrapped up his hat-trick on 78 minutes in scrappy fashion in a goal-mouth scramble after Patricio had parried a shot.

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account: bank account; money kept in a bank - บัญชี

advantage: a condition giving a greater chance of success - ความได้เปรียบ

aim: to have as your target - เล็ง

altercation: a noisy argument or disagreement - การทุ่มเถียง, การทะเลาะวิวาท

argue: to speak angrily to somebody because you disagree with them; to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right - โต้เถียง, โต้แย้ง, เถียง, อ้างเหตุผล

as good as won: victory seems almost certain -

cannon: to hit somebody/something with a lot of force - ชน

chest: (in football) to control the ball with your chest (the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, containing the heart and lungs หน้าอก) -

chip away: to keep breaking small pieces off something - ทำให้แตกเป็นเศษเล็กเศษน้อย

claim: to win something - มีชัยชนะ

clash: to argue very angrily with someone - ขัดแย้ง

concern: a worry - ความกังวล

convert: to change an opportunity into a success, in this case, into a goal - ทำให้เปลี่ยนไปเป็น

decisive: making the final result of a situation completely certain   - ซึ่งมีลักษณะชี้ขาด,แน่วแน่,ซึ่งตัดสินใจแล้ว

defence: the players who must prevent the other team from scoring; the position of these players on the sports field - ผู้ป้องกัน

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

domination: control - การครอบคลุม การควบคุม

endure: to suffer something difficult or unpleasant in a patient way over a long period of time - อดทนเพื่อให้ผ่านเวลาหรือเหตุการณ์ที่เลวร้าย

fist: your hand when your fingers are closed tightly - กำปั้น, หมัด

fit: healthy and strong, especially because you do regular physical exercise - ที่มีสุขภาพดี, แข็งแรง, ที่เตรียมพร้อม

fortunes: luck, well being - โชค

forward: an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า

glorious: extremely enjoyable,very beautiful and impressive - สว่างจ้า,รุ่งโรจน์

hat-trick: three points, goals, etc. scored by the same player in a particular match or game; three successes achieved by one person - การที่ผู้เล่นกีฬาคนหนึ่งๆ สามารถทำความสำเร็จในกีฬานั้นๆ ได้สามครั้ง ในการเล่นครั้งหนึ่งๆ เช่น นักฟุตบอลทำประตูได้ 3 ประตูในเกมเดียว ใช้ในกีฬาเช่น ฟุตบอล, คริกเก็ต, ฮ๊อกกี้

head-butt: deliberately hitting someone with thead - การตีด้วยหัว

header: the top part of some data or text -

injury: physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ

live up to: to do as well as or be as good as other people expect you to - เป็นไปตามความคาดหวัง

midfielder: a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง

muscle: a piece of body tissue that you contract and relax in order to move a particular part of the body; the tissue that forms the muscles of the body - กล้ามเนื้อ

numerical: relating to numbers; expressed in numbers - เกี่ยวกับตัวเลข

on the stroke of: at/very near the time when a clock reaches the hour mark, or the end of a time period -

parry: to defend yourself against somebody who is attacking you by pushing their arm, weapon, etc. to one side - ปัดป้อง

referee: a person who is in charge of a sports game and who makes certain that the rules are followed - ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการตัดสิน

revenge: something that you do to hurt or punish someone because they have hurt you or someone else - การแก้แค้น

rout: to badly defeat an opponent in a battle, competition, or election - ทำให้พ่ายแพ้ราบคาบ, ทำให้พ่ายแพ้กระเซอะกระเซิง

scramble: to do something in a hurry - รีบเร่ง

scrappy: aggressive, but not organised or disciplined - ชอบต่อสู้

smash: to hit or kick something very hard -

solid: completely good, with no mistakes or bad parts - ซึ่งไว้ใจได้

substitution: taking the place of somebody/something else; using somebody/something instead of somebody/something else - การเปลี่ยนตัว, การแทนที่, การสับเปลี่ยน

sum up: to summarise; to make a judgment about what someone or something is like -

swing: to move or make something move with a wide curved movement - แขวน

tail-wind: a wind blowing from behind you, making it easier for you to move forward; a wind blowing in the same direction that you are moving. -

target: an object that someone tries to hit or capture - เป้า

the interval: a short break between the parts of something such as a play or a concert or, this case, between halves of a football match - ช่วงหยุดพัก

the spot: (in soccer) the place where a penalty is taken - จุดโทษ

trademark: something particularly noticeable that a person typically has - เครื่องหมายประจำตัว

tug: to pull something hard, often several times - ดึง

tussle: fight, conflict -

wrapped up: finished -

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