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Portugal rip North Korea to shreds with magnificent 7-0 win

| 21.06.2010

Portugal moved to within touching distance of the round of 16 with a crushing 7-0 win against North Korea.

Despite torrential rain in the first half, the match was played at a lively tempo and, having led 1-0 at half-time, Portugal cut loose in the second period with six goals.

Raul Meireles put Portugal ahead after 28 minutes as he made a well-timed run into the North Korea box and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Myong Guk.

Simao made it 2-0 when he calmly finished a crisp Portuguese move, and Hugo Almeida’s header from a swift counter-attack increased the lead to 3-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo then laid a nicely weighted pass for Tiago, who stroked the ball into the bottom corner, before Liedson came off the bench to hammer home a fifth goal.

Portugal captain Ronaldo was influential as he roamed infield from his wide position, and he cracked one long-range effort against the crossbar before tapping in a sixth goal.

Portugal concluded the scoring as Tiago claimed his second with a pinpoint header.

The next challenge for Carlos Queiroz’s men is their final group match against Brazil, where the victors will qualify for the last 16 as Group G winners.

Even if they lose, however, Portugal are likely to qualify ahead of Ivory Coast because of a vastly superior goal difference.

So with goals flying in and their talisman Ronaldo in form, Portugal look like a side to be feared; a team capable of mounting a serious World Cup challenge.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.