Portugal in what could be hailed as a great exhibition of football truly demolished North Korea by 7-0. Portugal’s win by seven goals being the third highest in the history of the world cup, equaling Poland’s 7-0 win over Haiti back in 1974. In all truth however it can not be said that North Korea played as badly as the score might indicate yet Portugal was simply at their best and in fact could have scored more goals if the ball on a few occasions had gone in instead of hitting the post.
Portugal’s goals would start 28 minutes in to the match when Tiago assisted Meireles, whose right footed shot beat North Korean goalkeeper, Ri Myong Guk; for what would be the only goal of the first half. Portugal however would come back to play the second half rejuvenated, as if they had gained added ambition and a new look on the game that quickly went to work on their Asian rivals. Their goal scorers being Simao 52 minutes in to the match, Almeida 55 minutes in to the match, Tiago 59 and 88 minutes in to the match, Liedson 80 minutes in to the match and Ronaldo 86 minutes in to the match. After today’s performance, it can once again be said that Portugal is amongst the favorites to perhaps go all the way to the finals though it perhaps it is too early to tell yet if this is a demonstration of what is to come than it would appear that they will be back in the semifinal.
As for North Korea, they are now eliminated from the world cup and will be playing but for pride against Ivory Coast while Portugal and Brazil will be playing to see which one of the two rules supreme not only in group G but amongst the Portuguese speaking nations.