Cape Town, Jun 21: Portugal ripped apart the much-hailed North Korean defence to thrash their Asian opponents 7-0 and grab three points in the Group G tie up here on Monday, Jun 21.
After disappointing their fans in the opener by just pulling off a draw against Ivory Coast, Portugal unleashed its might in its second game against the North Korea.
Midfielder Raul Meireles opened the account for Portugal in the 29th minute and the goals kept rolling in. After receiving a skillful pass from Tiago, Meireles managed to get the ball into the net beyond the Korean keeper Ri Myong Guk.
The first goal seemed to put the Asians in a state of panic. In 33rd minute Pak Chol-Jin was booked for a foul. The Portuguese, on the other hand, fed off the early success and continued to attack. Meireles tried another shot but failed to convert it.
The half time score stood at 1-0 and the second half was filled with charging attacks from the Portuguese, which were converted into six goals.
The second goal came in 54th minute when Hugo Almeida and Raul Meireles broke the defense and passed the ball to ace striker Simao Sabrosa, who was free on the right corner. Simao converted the shot.
Just two minutes after the second goal came the third one from Tiago after star striker Cristiano Ronaldo managed to cut the defence line. Liedson scored next in 81st minute, followed by the much awaited goal from Ronaldo and finally finished off with an impressive goal from substitute Miguel Veloso in 89th minute.
The Portuguese decoded the North Korean defence early in the game, and went with all guns blazing.
The devastating defeat of the North Koreans comes as a huge surprise as they put up quiet a fight against five-time World Cup champs Brazil in their opener, even though they did not win that match either.