FIFA World Cup: I didn't Want to Cheat, Says Hattrick Hero Thomas Muller on Pepe's Red Card

Apart from scoring the 2014 FIFA World Cup's first hattrick, German striker Thomas Muller was involved in an incident that saw Portugal's Pepe getting the marching orders.

updated: June 17, 2014 14:37 IST
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Thomas Muller had a memorable 50th international match for Germany. Starting Germany's 100th FIFA World Cup game against Portugal in Salvador on Monday night, Muller scored the tournament's first hattrick and was involved in a red-card incident that left Portugal playing with 10 men for most parts of the match. Muller later said he did not feign injury and that he "didn't want to cheat."

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Pepe, Portugal's central defender with a reputation for unsavoury play, was sent off in the 37th minute for an ill-tempered head butt on Muller. It came moments after the two had clashed for a ball, and it left Portugal with 10 men for nearly an hour. (Match Highlights)

Pepe and Muller both went for a ball, and Pepe's hand glanced off Muller's face. Based on Muller's reaction, it was a staggering blow, and he fell to the grass in perhaps staged agony. Pepe, not amused by what he felt was a case of cheesy acting, went to Muller as he sat on the turf, bent down with his head close to Muller's and, with a short burst, head-butted him.

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