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Germany was supposed to be a team that would melt in Brazil’s tropics, and the United States was supposed to be a team that can’t beat Ghana. Both teams flipped the scripts on Monday and find themselves tied atop Group G. In Salvador, Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick and Germany dominated Portugal — which played with 10 men after a red card in the 37th minute — 4-0, leaving German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a big smile.



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