Germany vs. Portugal: 6 Things We Learned

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Germany vs. Portugal: 6 Things We Learned
Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

Germany kicked off their World Cup campaign in incredible form on Monday with a truly spectacular 4-0 win over Group G opponents Portugal in the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. 

Although the game had initially been considered a tight affair between two dark horses for the World Cup trophy, it was Joachim Loew's side who eventually showed their worth with a polished performance against a somewhat abject Portugal side. 

Germany vs. Portugal: Goals, Highlights for World Cup Group G Game

The red card to defender Pepe in the 37th minute will undoubtedly be remembered as a turning point in the game, but in truth Germany were already two goals to the good, and had figured out Paulo Bento's side long before. 

In Cristiano Ronaldo's stead, it was Thomas Mueller who came good to score all but one of Germany's goals and effectively ensure top spot in Group G, before two further games against Ghana and the United States. 

Here are six things we learned from today's game. 

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