As with the game against Brazil, the North Koreans entered the game focusing on a great defensive plan. They gave complete control of the ball to its opponent. For its part, Portugal managed the game and did not get desperate to reach the first goal, which appeared at minute 29 through a great play of Raul Meirelles.
Even, after the goal, Portugal kept attacking but couldn?t score more during the first half thus ending halftime with a 1-0 margin.
In the second half, it appears the display of goals by Portugal and the debacle of the Asians, who could not control its opponent, as they did it against Brazil.
Meireles, Almeida, and Simao scored the second goal after 53 minutes of play by means of a beautiful combination. Almeida scored the third on a counterattack that started with Tiago in the midfield and a pass to Fabio Coentrao from the left side. Then, Coentrao threw a perfect pass to Almeida, who defined with a header.
By this time, the North Koreans seemed to have given up. Portugal continued pressing and Cristiano, almost invisible until that moment, began to appear developing some great plays.
Cristiano assisted Tiago for the fourth goal at minute 60 in another counterattack. Liedson made the fifth goal in the 81st minute of game, when the North Korean Ri Kwang Chon failed to clear a ball in the area and left the ball to the Portuguese, who took advantage of the Korean? mistake.
Cristiano finally got his goal with another mistake of the North Korea?s defensejust minutes before the end. Finally, Tiago sealed the scandalous rout at minute 89, when Miguel Veloso sent a pass and Tiago took advantage to finish off the play with a header. With Tiago?s second goal, the game ended with a crushing score of 7-0 for the Portuguese.
Portugal Coach, Carlos Queiroz said it was an incredible game for Portugal, who showed an incredible football level and great determination.
"It was a great day for Portugal and Portuguese football. The players are really happy with the way they played, the attitude for the game, the beautiful football, the beautiful goals," expressed Coach Queiroz.
With this result, Portugal made it clear that they do not depend on Cristiano Ronaldo. They showed that they can make an efficient overall game through some good players who are not renowned, such as Fabio Coentrao and Tiago Mendes.
Portugal now has the opportunity to win the Group G in its next match against Brazil, a game that, because of the circumstances, seems as one of the most attractive matches in the group stage.
During the following games, Brazil will face Portugal on June 25th, while the Ivory Coast will play against North Korea on the same day.
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