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Angela Merkel joins in celebrations after Germany win

Angela Merkel joined in the celebrations after the German football team thrashed Portugal in their opening World Cup match.

Government spokesman Steffen Siebert tweeted the picture of the German Chancellor from the dressing room at the Arena Fonte Nova in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Salvador.

Read: Thomas Muller hat-trick helps Germany thrash Portugal

Thomas Muller hat-trick helps Germany thrash Portugal

Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick as Germany produced a stunning display to crush Portugal 4-0 in their opening World Cup match.

The three-time World Champions took the lead through Muller's penalty.

Thomas Muller celebrates as Germany thrash Portugal in Group G. Credit: Reuters

Mats Hummel's header made it 2-0, before Portuguese defender Pepe was sent off for headbutting Muller in the first-half.

The Bayern Munich forward grabbed a second and completed his hat-trick after tapping in Andre Schurrle's cross.

USA and Ghana, the remaining sides in Group G, meet in the Estadio das Dunas later tonight.

For more reaction to Germany's stunning start, visit the ITV World Cup site

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Trapped mountaineer is 'half a mile underground'

A 52-year-old man, trapped in a cave system in Germany, is nearly half a mile below the surface.

Mountain rescue official Klemens Reindl told NTV television, that the mountaineer is “in one of the most difficult caves in Europe”.

The location of the cave system is close to the Austrian border, near Berchtesgaden. Credit: Google Maps

The man, named in German media as Johann Westhauser, was hit by falling rocks early on Sunday in the Riesending cave system near Berchtesgaden, near the Austrian border.

More: Rescue bid for man trapped in Germany's deepest cave

Rescue of man trapped in German cave 'won't be easy'

A doctor has said the rescue of a severely injured man, trapped in Germany's deepest cave, "won't be easy."

Doctor Christoph Specht told news channel NTV: "The conditions are extremely narrow.

"There are only a few people in Germany who know how to handle such a rescue."

Members of the Chiemgau mountain rescue service speak to the press. Credit: aktivnews/DPA

The cave on the border of Austria, has only been explored by researchers since 2002, is more than 19km long and up to 1.15km deep.

The 52-year-old cave explorer, named by local media as Johann Westhauser, is trapped in the cave at a depth of 1,000 metres.

More: Rescue bid for man trapped in Germany's deepest cave

Rescue bid for man trapped in Germany's deepest cave

A rescue helicopter headed to the cave near Berchtesgaden in the German alps. Credit: EBU

Rescue workers in Germany are attempting to free a mountaineer who got trapped in a 1,000m-deep cave after getting injured a rockfall, police said.

The 52-year-old reportedly suffered head and body injuries while exploring the cave, one of the biggest in Europe, near Berchtesgaden in south-east Germany.

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Two German World Cup players involved in car crash

Two members of Germany's World Cup team - defender Benedikt Hoewedes and his Schalke teammate Julian Draxler - have been involved in a high speed car accident in Italy.

Both players were passengers in the cars driven by Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein and Formula One star Nico Rosberg, during a promotional filming day, when two pedestrians were injured.

(File Photo) German DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein drives his Mercedes AMG in Germany. Credit: David Ebener/DPA/PA

Rosberg, winner of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, was not involved in the accident, which occurred on closed roads.

A statement from Mercedes read: "While driving on a closed route, DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein injured two people who were unexpectedly in the road.

"They are both receiving medical treatment. Pascal was unhurt. We deeply regret this accident and wish the injured parties a speedy recovery.

"We will, of course, support the authorities in investigating the circumstances of the accident."

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Ex German Chancellor pictured embracing Putin

Once one of the most prominent European leaders, Germany's former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, is facing heavy criticism after photographs showing the retired leader in a warm embrace with Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Credit: Reuters

The German government and media distanced themselves from the ex Chancellor.

Der Spiegel, a national magazine, published the photographs along with a commentary that said: "Schroeder celebrates his birthday with Putin and makes Germany's foreign policy look absurd."

Mr Schroeder's office had no comment on the pictures, which according to the media reports were taken on Monday evening outside the Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg where he was attending a belated celebration of his 70th birthday.

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