Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike, left, grimaces after a challenge from Iran's Mehrdad Pouladi during the group F World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (The Associated Press)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo protests to referee Milorad Mazic from Serbia during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (The Associated Press)
Germany's Thomas Mueller, left, is greeted by Lukas Podolski after being substituted after scoring a hat-trick during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) (The Associated Press)
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.