Germany striker Thomas Muller insists he did not attempt to provoke the referee into sending off Portugal defender Pepe during his side's 4-0 victory in Monday's World Cup clash in Salvador.
The Bayern Munich attacker was in scintillating form, striking a ruthless hat-trick to humble Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. and put his side in pole position to qualify from Group G.
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The referee immediately showed Pepe the red card but Muller says his involvement was innocent enough, stating: "I would like to see a replay on TV. I hope that it looked okay from my side. I sensed being hit with a fist and it really happened.
"What happened after that I cannot tell exactly. I hope it did not look stupid. I did not want to provoke anything but I don't know 100 per cent how I fared in this situation."
Muller also expressed his delight at his opening-round treble and is happy to bear the team's penalty responsibilities throughout the event.
He continued: "Three goals in an opening match against such a strong opponent are something beautiful. One beauty after another.
"I have already made my mark in the world of football in the past four years. I am not a guy who gets scared."
Muller, like many of his German team-mates, also made reference to the stifling conditions in Salvador, adding: "You look up after 20 minutes and think 'Oops, that's a long match today'.
"In the full sun it was extremely difficult, especially without the ball. But we sat back a little bit deeper and then went for the counter. We could have scored more with the chances we had."