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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

McCanns 'very pleased' at activity in Madeleine search

Kate and Gerry McCann have said they are "very pleased" that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 10 days.

File photo of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The McCanns said the fact that no trace of their daughter Madeleine has been found reinforces their belief that she could still be alive.


'Still substantial amount of work to be done' in McCann search

Madeline McCann. Credit: PA

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeline McCann say there is 'still a substantial amount of work to be completed in the coming weeks and months' as they continue their search.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Grange, has so far failed to find any new evidence relating to the youngster despite scouring a 'horse shaped' shaped piece of waste ground west of Praia da Luz for eight days.

They said they were acting on 'just one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally.'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "This was the first phase of the investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly.

"There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months, which again should be viewed as no more than normal operational activity in a case of this size and complexity. "

The deployment is the "largest ever undertaken by UK police overseas in a case of this type" with a total of 60,000 square metres of land searched, including all utilities, drainage channels and derelict buildings.

McCann search to start again tomorrow

The search by police investigating Madeline McCann's disappearance in Portugal has finished for the day and will resume tomorrow.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Praia da Luz.


Police 'unearth an object' at new McCann search site

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Praia da Luz:

Graffiti near McCann search calls British police 'stupid'

Graffiti scrawled on a wall overlooking the new search site accuses British police of being stupid. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Graffiti describing British police as "stupid" has appeared on a wall opposite an area being investigated as part of the search for Madeleine McCann.

Sniffer dogs used at second site in McCann search

Sniffer dogs are being used on a new site being investigated by British police near where Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal seven years ago.

Police use sniffer dogs to search a patch of scrubland just outside Praia da Luz. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A fresh area of land was cordoned off by police in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz athis morning.

British police and their Portuguese counterparts search a second area of scrubland. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Two sniffer dogs from South Wales Police were seen with their handlers inside the cordon and appeared to be concentrating on a small area which has been marked out with police tape inside.

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