Germany maintained their stellar record in the opening games of their World Cup campaigns by beating Portugal 4-0 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador overnight.
Germany their opening game of the World Cup in every edition of the tournament since 1974 and that impressive record never looked in doubt as they dominated a disappointing Portugal from the opening whistle.
Portugal looked dangerous on the counter attack early, but Germany was able to take control of the game and bulk of possession early before Thomas Muller was able to convert a penalty in the 13th minute of the clash.
Portugese striker Hugo Almeida suffered an injury and was forced to be replaced by Eder in the 28th minute before Germany extended their lead with the head of Mats Hummels from a corner that was won by Mesut Ozil.
Things went from bad to worse for Portugal in the 37th minute when defender Pepe had one of his trademark brain snaps and was sent from the field after headbutting Muller, who was pleading for a freekick.
Portugal were never able to recover from the dismissal of Pepe and the Germans were simply toying with their opponents in the final stages of the first half before Muller put the game beyond doubt with a trademark strike in the 45th minute.
Germany had all of the running at the start of the second half, but were unable to add to their lead and survived a scare for a penalty when Eder was brought down in the box at the 75th minute.
The referee waved away the Portuguese protests and Muller added his name to the score sheet for the third time just minutes later and put himself in an excellent position to contend for the Golden Boot title for the second World Cup in a row.
Ronaldo was denied a consolation goal from a free kick in the final stages of the game and his side now face the prospect of having to defeat both the USA at Arena Amazonia on June 22 and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26 to progress to the second round of the 2014 World Cup.
Germany are in the boxseat in Group G and are now available at World Cup odds of $5.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au to claim their first major title since 1990, while Portugal are out to a quote of $41.