Chelsea FC midfielder Andre Schurrle came on when his country’s World Cup opening match against Portugal was already decided, but the young German still made his impact on the game. The young German came on in the 63rd minute as a replacement for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and the score was already 3-0 to the Germans. The initial goal came as a result of a penalty conceded Joao Pereira for pulling down Mario Götze inside the box. Götze made the most of a shirt pull but it was a clear penalty for the Germans which Tomas Muller stepped up and converted.
The second German goal came from a set piece as Toni Kroos’s perfect corner was met by Mats Hummels and powered in to the back of the net. Hummels had a running start and rose above Pepe to give the Germans a two-goal advantage. Conceding that goal was not the most embarrassing thing Pepe did in the match however. Just minutes later he tussled with Muller and gave him a slight headbutt because he felt the German had embellished the contact between the two to try and win a free kick. Pepe was shown a straight red card and the match was blown open.
The third German goal was Muller’s second of the day and it was a scruffy effort in the center of the box that made centerback Bruno Alves look foolish. The fourth goal on the day was when Andre Schurrle finally made his impact on the match. Schurrle made a driving run down the right side of the Portugal penalty area and saw Muller coming in behind.
Schurrle drove a low cross across goal which was parried by Portugal keeper Rui Patricio but just far enough for Muller to finish from close range. The rout was complete and Schurrle and the Germans have set another benchmark performance for the rest of the World Cup challengers to try and meet.
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