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North Korea routed by powerful Portugal 7-0

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Portugal revived their World Cup campaign with a dominating 7-0 win over North Korea in Group G on Monday, eliminating the Asian team from the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the sixth goal of the game, his first in a competitive match for the national team since the 2008 European Championship.

Ronaldo also set up Tiago's first goal in the 60th. Tiago added another for the 2006 World Cup semifinalists in the 89th while Raul Meireles, Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Liedson also scored.

"It was a great day for Portugal and Portuguese football," coach Carlos Queiroz said. "The players are really happy with the way they played, the attitude for the game, the beautiful football, the beautiful goals."

The win moves Portugal into second place in Group G with four points, two behind Brazil. Cote d'Ivoire have one point and North Korea are out of the tournament after two straight losses.

It was the most one-sided World Cup match since Germany routed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in 2002.

North Korea had early chances but were undone when Meireles latched on to a clever pass by Tiago and gave Portugal their first score of the tournament. The goal seemed to deflate the Koreans, while the Portuguese finally began to show some of the Latin flair that has made them an outside favorite to win their first championship.

"Tactically speaking, we fell apart and we couldn't block their attacks," North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun said. "It was my fault for not playing the right strategy and that is why we conceded a lot of goals."

The win gives Portugal a massive goal advantage if they end up even with Cote d'Ivoire on points after the last match on Friday. Portugal play Brazil, who have already qualified for the second round, while Cote d'Ivoire play North Korea.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

North Korea routed by powerful Portugal 7-0

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North Korea routed by powerful Portugal 7-0

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.