FIFA World Cup: How Thomas Mueller Reposed Joachim Loew's Faith

Coach Joachim Loew benched Miroslav Klose - Germany's highest scorer in FIFA World Cup - and chose to play Portugal without a traditional striker. Thomas Mueller backed his decision by scoring his first hat-trick and helping his side win 4-0.

updated: June 17, 2014 14:31 IST
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Salvador: Coach Joachim Loew left Germany's all-time leading scorer on the bench in the World Cup opener against Portugal and it proved to be the right move.

Loew raised some eyebrows in Germany when he decided to call up only one classic striker into his squad, the country's top-scoring Miroslav Klose.

But Loew's decision to put his faith in Thomas Mueller paid dividends on Monday, when the attacking midfielder scored his first hat trick for Germany in a 4-0 romp over Portugal in their Group G opener.

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