Day five saw one of the favourites for the tournament Germany romp to a 4-0 win over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick, the first of the tournament, as the impressive Germans took apart a Portugal side, who really struggled in Salvador.
The Bayern Munich man was also involved in the games controversial moment when Pepe was sent off for appearing to headbutt Muller following an altercation.
Muller scored his first goal after twelve minutes from the penalty spot after Joao Pereira took down Mario Gotze.
Mats Hummels doubled the German lead with a bullet header from a Toni Kroos corner.
Two minutes later the game was over for the Portuguese as Pepe was sent off.
Muller scored his second of the night just before half time and completed his hat-trick with ten minutes to go as Germany took total control of the game in the second half.
The result means the Germans are likely to top Group G, with Portugal facing a battle to qualify.
The other teams in the Group, USA and Ghana fought it out in Natal with both teams knowing that they realistically needed to win – and it was the Americans that came out on top.
They made a lightening start when Clint Dempsey opened the scoring after just 29 seconds, the fifth quickest goal in World Cup history.
In the second half, Ghana piled on the pressure and with the USA tiring, they finally made the breakthrough thanks to Andre Ayew and from there, it look as if the Africans would go on to win.
But America rallied and with less than five minutes to go, defender John Brooks powered a header in to give the USA a perfect start, and a good chance of qualification.
The 2014 World Cup saw it’s first draw of the competition as Nigeria failed to breakdown Iran.
The ‘Super Eagles’ were largely poor and will now have to beat Bosnia on Saturday to stand any chance of qualifying.
Today at the World Cup…
Brazil continue their World Cup on home soil against Mexico (20:00). Both teams won their opening fixtures and know a win will all but see them qualify for the knock-out stages.
It will also the final group yet to play, Group H, get underway.
The dark-horses of the tournament, Belgium, kick-off their campaign against African side Algeria (17:00). Marc Wilmots’ will be hoping his side, including Premier League stars such as Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany, can get off to a good start.
The late kick-off is Russia vs South Korea (23:00). Either side know that a win in this, their opening game, will give them a good chance to qualify from their group which also includes Belgium and Algeria.Tweet