FIFA World Cup: Top 5 scorer of the tournament so farNew Delhi: Before the FIFA World Cup 2014 kick-off Cristiano Ronaldo was the name on everyone's lips but as the tournament progressed while Ronaldo has yet to register his presence, some other names with resounding
India TV Sports Desk June 19, 2014 10:45 IST
New Delhi: Before the FIFA World Cup 2014 kick-off Cristiano Ronaldo was the name on everyone's lips but as the tournament progressed while Ronaldo has yet to register his presence, some other names with resounding success have come up.
While before kick-off, Thomas Muller was the real star of Germany v Portugal - showing his World Cup pedigree for the second tournament running with two first half goals.
But the Bayern Munich forward was also criticised for his theatrics which saw Pepe sent off, making his and Germany's task much easier in the Arena Fonte Nova.
The 24-year-old former Manchester United target coolly put his side in front after just 11 minutes, slotting a low penalty past Rui Patricio and scored Germany's third with a low left footed strike in first half stoppage time.
His third came in 78th minute, tapping in Andre Schurrle's cross for the match-ball.
That trio went some way towards matching his 2010 Golden Boot-winning total of five goals in South Africa, after just one game.
But between the two first half goals, Muller made himself an enemy to the Portuguese for the wrong reasons - theatrically collapsing under Pepe's challenge and then drawing attention to the centre back's headbutt.