In Defeat, Portugal Shows its Ugly Side

Pepe, Portugal's central defender with a reputation for unsavory play, was sent off in the 37th minute for an ill-tempered head butt on Muller.

updated: June 17, 2014 14:00 IST
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Pepe and Thomas Mueller

Salvador: Portugal's defender Pepe fouls Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (front) to be send off during the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal. © AFP

The goals came in volume for Cristiano Ronaldo this year, as he stretched nets in towns across Europe at a stunning rate. While playing for Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 51 times in 47 games, earning him the Ballon d'Or for best player in the world. (Comprehensive coverage of FIFA World Cup)

But for Portugal, he has not been nearly as prolific. In two previous World Cups, the magnetic and polarizing Ronaldo managed only two goals in 11 games, leaving fans of his home country wondering when he would replicate his club success at the World Cup the way, for instance, Thomas Muller does. (Germany vs Portugal: Full match report | Highlights)

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