Goal-poaching striker Gerd Muller scored his second hat-trick in successive World Cup matches as West Germany trounced Peru 3-1 in Leon tonight (Wednesday).
GV Germany (in dark shirts) kick off, play in progress
CU German player retreats
GV long shot by Peru attacker goes wide
GV Germany attack cross from right wing and Muller nets
GV Peru attack, goal-keeper saves weak shot
CU Peru player retreating
GV Germany attack from left wing and Muller scores second goal
SV Crowd cheer
GV Germany attack from right wing and Muller heads third goal
GV Peru attack and player brought down just outside box
CU Peruvian forward on ground
SV Referee indicating free kick
GV Peru score from free kick
GV Team-mates congratulating scored
GV PAN Crowd
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Background: Goal-poaching striker Gerd Muller scored his second hat-trick in successive World Cup matches as West Germany trounced Peru 3-1 in Leon tonight (Wednesday). Both sides had already qualified for quarter final places, but the West German victory enabled the team to take the maximum number of points from their Group Four programme.
All the goals came during an exciting first half, in which both sides created early scoring chances. But the only man during this period to convert chances into goals was 24-year-old Muller -- who nearly missed the game because of a pulled muscle.
Muller scored one of the Cup's fastest hat-tricks. Three times between 20th and 38th minute dangerous German centres caught the Peruvian defence out of position. On each occasion, Muller was there to cash in on the defensive errors.
Peru managed to pull one goal back just before half time. Awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area, top scorer Teofilo Cubillas crashed the ball into the net off a member of the German defensive wall.
West Germany deliberately slowed the pace of the game in the second half. Peru still managed to create enough chances to snatch at least a draw but they were again unable to find a scoring touch.
As a result of tonight's game, Peru will have to face Brazil in the quarter finals. West Germany's opponents will be decided after the remaining Group Three game between England and Czechoslovakia.