Germany vs. Portugal: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 16, 2014

Germany's Thomas Mueller (13) kicks the ball at Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio to score his side's fourth goal as Portugal's Joao Pereira (21) watches during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Germany did their business in the first half and then cruised to a 4-0 victory over Portugal in Salvador—powered by the hat-trick performance of Thomas Muller.

Portugal defender Pepe was sent off midway through the first half, and both Fabio Coentrao and Mats Hummels were withdrawn through injury in the second period.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Germany Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Germany

Neuer: Made two saves in the first half, including one on Ronaldo from a tight angle.

Boateng: So far hasn’t struggled at all opposite Ronaldo.

Mertesacker: Playing the ball expertly out of the back.

Hummels: Ghosted into the goalmouth and headed Kroos’ cross into goal for Germany’s second.

Howedes: Has had just one touch fewer than Nani so far.

Lahm: Touched the ball 37 times in the opening period.

Khedira: Making useful runs into attacking space.

Kroos: Two tackles on the defensive side of the ball and only one misplaced pass.

Muller: Already has a brace on the occasion of his 50th cap.

Ozil: Causing all sorts of trouble as he moves across the attacking line.

Gotze: Won the penalty off Pereira.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Thomas Mueller of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal and completing his hat trick with Sami Khedira during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on Jun
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Full-Time analysis for Germany

Neuer: Had only four saves to make over the course of the match.

Boateng: Contributed five tackles and looked a convincing right-back.

Mertesacker: Didn’t put a foot wrong in the centre of defense.

Hummels: Withdrawn midway through the second half with an apparent leg injury.

Howedes: Got forward with purpose; covered Nani like a blanket.

Lahm: Touched the ball 94 times and completed 94 percent of his passes.

Khedira: Played the full 90 minutes in a test that will have been vital to his fitness.

Kroos: Proving to be the pass-master for Germany that he’s already become for Bayern Munich.

Muller: A memorable hat-trick to mark his 50th appearance for Germany.

Ozil: Had the Portuguese defenders heads spinning at times.

Gotze: Lots of positive movement in the Portugal goalmouth; will look to shoot more against Ghana.

Schurrle: Just 18 touches in slightly under half an hour after replacing Gotze.

Mustafi: Came on for the injured Hummels.

Podolski: Made way for hat-trick hero Muller with eight minutes remaining.

Portugal Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Portugal

Patricio: Wasn’t at fault for any of the three first-half goals.

Pereira: Conceded the penalty when he fouled Gotze.

Pepe: Ejected for a mindless head-butt on Muller.

Alves: Generally appalling—gifted Muller his second.

Coentrao: Couldn’t look more confused as the Germans come at him in waves.

Moutinho: Distribution has been abysmal.

Veloso: Passing well, but being cut through like butter.

Meireles: See above.

Nani: Has been poor, but has still outplayed Ronaldo.

Almeida: Withdrawn after sustaining an injury from Hummels’ tackle.

Ronaldo: Just 16 touches in the first half.

Eder: Has never scored for Portugal and is yet to test Neuer.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany speaks with Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by P
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Full-Time analysis for Portugal

Patricio: To blame for Mueller’s third.

Pereira: Moved into the centre of defense following Pepe’s ejection and Coentrao’s injury.

Pepe: Ejected for a mindless head-butt on Muller.

Alves: Abysmal performance from the Zenit defender.

Coentrao: His World Cup is over after what looked to be a serious groin injury.

Moutinho: An industrious second half from him, albeit completely in vain.

Veloso: Withdrawn at the break for the defender Costa.

Meireles: Moved into defense temporarily as the Portuguese backline was shuffled.

Nani: Selfishly took away a potential Coentrao shot from in close.

Almeida: Withdrawn after sustaining an injury from Hummels’ tackle.

Ronaldo: Tested Neuer with a late free kick.

Eder: Went to ground looking for a penalty midway through the second half.

A.Almeida: Slotted in at right-back as the Porguese defense was reformed.

Costa: With Pepe suspended, he’ll face the United States in Manaus.