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Monday, 21st June 2010
Portugal in Seventh Heaven

Group G Match

Portugal vs North Korea
in Cape Town

North Korea, who did so well against Brazil - holding out for 55 minutes and scoring a consolation goal in the last - would have to go one step better against Portugal; who themselves only had one point on the board, from their game against Ivory Coast.

Cristiano Ronaldo, already on a yellow card, would miss the Portugal vs Brazil game with another booking here; so we expected football, not diving.

North Korea started a little more adventurous than they did against Brazil, which in turn gave Portugal more space to run into.

From a corner in the seventh minute, North Korea's Ri Myong-Guk came off his line and totally missed the ball; giving Ricardo Carvalho a free header onto the top corner of the upright.

A few minutes later, Cha Jong-Hyok gave Portugal a minor scare as his shot screamed wide of Eduardo's goal.

North Korea put together some good passing to get into the Portugal box in the seventeenth minute; Eduardo needing to get his hand to Hong Yong-Jo's surprise attempt at goal. Not a great shot but cause for concern; all made possible because the ball rolled away from Ronaldo, who had drifted into the middle a little in search of the ball.

Two minutes after North Korea were falsely called offside, Tiago found plenty of room in the middle to comfortably thread the final ball through a gap in the North Korea penalty area, for Raul Meireles to finish.

Half-time: 1:0

At the start of the second-half, Portugal streaked forward and Tiago's shot had to be tipped over the bar; as the Europeans tried to show that they were back in business.

A couple of minutes later, Jabulani caused Ri Myong-Guk problems; bouncing, bobbling and generally not wanting to be cleanly gathered. We've seen those go in.

The pressure paid off as Simão ran on to a Meireles through-ball; after a neat chested one-two on the edge of the North Korean area.

North Korea paid the price for being adventurous and it looked like the floodgates were finally opened: as two minutes later Hugo Almeida headed Fabio Coentrão's cross home; then on the hour it was the turn of Cristiano Ronaldo to provide for Tiago.

In less than six minutes North Korea were completely taken apart and their World Cup dreams truly sunk by an all-guns blazing, Portuguese side.

With plenty of free runs, it only seemed a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo would add his name to the scoresheet as well.

Instead it was Liedson, only on the pitch for a few minutes, who crashed in Portugal's fifth.

But there was still time for Cristiano Ronaldo not to disappoint, then Tiago joined the rout to put Portugal in seventh heaven and leave Sven Goran Eriksson deep in a goal difference hole - even if Ivory Coast could beat North Korea and Brazil were to beat Portugal in the last group games.

Final Score:
Portugal 7 North Korea 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Raul Meireles (29 mins)
2:0 Simão (54 mins)
3:0 Hugo Almeida (56 mins)
4:0 Tiago (60 mins)
5:0 Liedson (81 mins)
6:0 Cristiano Ronaldo (88 mins)
7:0 Tiago (89 mins)

Man of The Match:
Raul Meireles - Although only on the pitch for 70 minutes, he did the most to break down the North Korean resistance.

Teams

Travel to Portugal Portugal:
1 Eduardo; 23 Fabio Coentrão, 2 Bruno Alves, 6 Ricardo Carvalho, 13 Miguel; 16 Raul Meireles, 8 Pedro Mendes, 19 Tiago; 18 Hugo Almeida, 11 Simão, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo.

Travel to North Korea North Korea:
1 Ri Myong-Guk; 8 Ji Yun-Nam, 5 Ri Kwang-Chon, 3 Ri Jun-Il, 13 Pak Chol-Jin, 2 Cha Jong-Hyok; 4 Pak Nam-Chol, 17 An Yong-Hak, 11 Mun In-Guk; 10 Hong Yong-Jo, 9 Jong Tae-Se.

Referee:
Pablo Pozo (Chile)

Substitutions Substitutions:
58 Mins (North Korea) - 6 Kim Kum-Il on for 4 Pak Nam-Chol
58 Mins (North Korea) - 15 Kim Yong-Jun on for 11 Mun In-Guk
70 Mins (Portugal) - 14 Miguel Veloso on for 16 Raul Meireles
74 Mins (Portugal) - 5 Duda on for 11 Simão
75 Mins (North Korea) - 16 Nam Song-Chol on for 2 Cha Jong-Hyok
77 Mins (Portugal) - 9 Liedson on for 18 Hugo Almeida

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
32 Mins - Pak Chol-Jin (North Korea)
38 Mins - Pedro Mendes (Portugal)
47 Mins - Hong Yong-Jo (North Korea)
70 Mins - Hugo Almeida (Portugal)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Portugal beat North Korea (5:3) in the Liverpool quarter-final at England 1966.

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Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
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Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
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Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
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Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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