RIO DE JANEIRO – Germany was supposed to be a team that would melt in Brazil's tropics.
Instead it was Portugal that felt the heat on Monday in a Group G match in Salvador. Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick, Portugal played with 10 men after a red card in the 37th minute, and German President Angela Merkel wore a big smile following a 4-0 victory in Brazil's northeast.
The World Cup continued to deliver lots of goals in the first 12 games — 41.
In the 13th game of the tournament, Nigeria and Iran played a scoreless draw — the first draw of this World Cup. Argentina defeated Bosnia 2-1 on Sunday in the other Group F match, and both will feel confident after watching Nigeria and Iran fail to produce.