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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Carvalho by Yong-Jo Hong. Carvalho Eduardo takes the free kick.
Cardoso Tiago scores a headed goal from inside the area. Portugal 7-0 Korea DPR.Miguel Veloso provided the assist for the goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Portugal 6-0 Korea DPR.Assist on the goal came from Da Silva Liedson.
Effort on goal by Miguel Veloso from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Ricardo Carvalho on Yong-Jun Kim, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jun-Il Ri.
Yun-Nam Ji gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Sergio Duda from the right by-line.
Da Silva Liedson scores a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Portugal 5-0 Korea DPR.
Da Silva Liedson on for Miguel Hugo Almeida.
Tae-Se Jong is caught offside. Song-Chol Nam joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jong-Hyok Cha. Indirect free kick taken by Carvalho Eduardo.
Sabrosa Simao goes off and Sergio Duda comes on.
Tae-Se Jong has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot. Save by Myong-Guk Ri.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot.
Miguel Veloso comes on in place of Jose Raul Meireles.
Booking for Miguel Hugo Almeida for dissent.
Jong-Hyok Cha produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Tae-Se Jong misses to the right of the target.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao goes wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Tae-Se Jong by Ricardo Carvalho results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yun-Nam Ji, save made by Carvalho Eduardo.
Shot by Yong-Jun Kim from just outside the area goes over the net.
Close range shot by Jose Raul Meireles goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Yong-Jun Kim by Pedro Mendes results in a free kick. Jun-Il Ri takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Yong-Jun Kim restarts play with the free kick.
Cardoso Tiago fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portugal 4-0 Korea DPR.The assist for the goal came from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nam-Chol Pak leaves the field to be replaced by Kum-il Kim. Yong-Jun Kim joins the action as a substitute, replacing In-Guk Mun.
Nam-Chol Pak is adjudged to have handled the ball. Carvalho Eduardo takes the direct free kick.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao delivers the ball, Miguel Hugo Almeida finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Portugal 3-0 Korea DPR.The assist for the goal came from Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jun-Il Ri by Miguel Hugo Almeida. Nam-Chol Pak takes the direct free kick.
Jun-Il Ri produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Sabrosa Simao gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Portugal 2-0 Korea DPR.Jose Raul Meireles provided the assist for the goal.
Centre by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
Ricardo Carvalho challenges Tae-Se Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nam-Chol Pak takes the free kick. Tae-Se Jong takes a shot. Save by Carvalho Eduardo.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot. Save made by Myong-Guk Ri.
Effort on goal by Cristiano Ronaldo from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Tae-Se Jong. Pedro Mendes restarts play with the free kick. The referee shows Yong-Jo Hong a yellow card.
Yong-Jo Hong takes a shot. Comfortable save by Carvalho Eduardo.
Eduardo Bruno Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nam-Chol Pak. Direct free kick taken by Yong-Jo Hong.
Cardoso Tiago takes a shot. Save made by Myong-Guk Ri. Sabrosa Simao decides to take the corner short.
The ball is crossed by Sabrosa Simao.
Luis Miguel crosses the ball.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao crosses the ball.
Cristiano Ronaldo has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Jose Raul Meireles, Jun-Il Ri makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, blocked by Jong-Hyok Cha.
Cardoso Tiago challenges Jong-Hyok Cha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yong-Jo Hong takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nam-Chol Pak by Pedro Mendes. Booking for Pedro Mendes for unsporting behaviour. Yong-Jo Hong has an effort direct from the free kick.
Yong-Jo Hong decides to take the corner short.
Cardoso Tiago delivers the ball, Effort from inside the area by Jose Raul Meireles misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Nam-Chol Pak by Luis Miguel results in a free kick. Nam-Chol Pak takes the free kick.
Booking for Chol-Jin Pak for unsporting behaviour.
Jong-Hyok Cha delivers the ball.
Jose Raul Meireles finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Portugal 1-0 Korea DPR.Assist by Cardoso Tiago.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Yong-Jo Hong. Carvalho Eduardo restarts play with the free kick.
Nam-Chol Pak fouled by Cardoso Tiago, the ref awards a free kick. Kwang-Chon Ri takes the direct free kick.
Jose Raul Meireles delivers the ball, Chol-Jin Pak makes a clearance.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao sends in a cross.
Jose Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Jun-Il Ri. Inswinging corner taken by Sabrosa Simao from the left by-line played to the near post, In-Guk Mun manages to make a clearance.
Jun-Il Ri takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Jose Raul Meireles misses to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Luis Miguel, clearance made by Jong-Hyok Cha.
Jose Raul Meireles crosses the ball, clearance made by Jun-Il Ri. Centre by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao, Yong-Jo Hong manages to make a clearance.
Jose Raul Meireles takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jun-Il Ri manages to make a clearance.
Yong-Hak Ahn has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
The ball is sent over by Luis Miguel.
The ball is delivered by Yong-Jo Hong, save by Carvalho Eduardo. Header on goal by Nam-Chol Pak from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Pedro Mendes from 30 yards. Jun-Il Ri gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Cristiano Ronaldo, Jun-Il Ri manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jose Raul Meireles on Jong-Hyok Cha, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jun-Il Ri.
Effort from a long way out by Miguel Hugo Almeida goes wide right of the goal.
Pedro Mendes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nam-Chol Pak. Tae-Se Jong fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Hugo Almeida on Jong-Hyok Cha. Jun-Il Ri restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from 35 yards by Jong-Hyok Cha went wide right of the net.
Centre by Sabrosa Simao.
Miguel Hugo Almeida is ruled offside. Myong-Guk Ri takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Sabrosa Simao, Header by Ricardo Carvalho from inside the area strikes the post.
A cross is delivered by Sabrosa Simao, blocked by Chol-Jin Pak.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Raul Meireles on Jong-Hyok Cha. Free kick taken by Jong-Hyok Cha.
Yong-Hak Ahn delivers the ball, clearance made by Ricardo Carvalho.
Jose Raul Meireles crosses the ball. Ricardo Carvalho produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Jong-Hyok Cha, clearance by Luis Miguel.
Shot by Cristiano Ronaldo. Comfortable save by Myong-Guk Ri.
The game begins.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The match has reached full-time.
Ronaldo confident goals will come
Cristiano Ronaldo is "not concerned" by his ongoing struggles for Portugal despite not scoring in a competitive international for two years.
The world's most expensive player has long been accused of failing to perform for his country as well as he does for his club.
That has intensified recently with the prolific Real Madrid forward enduring a barren spell for Portugal, which continued in last week's goalless draw with the Ivory Coast in their World Cup opener.
Carlos Queiroz's side take on North Korea in Cape Town on Monday in their second Group G clash desperate to secure victory but Ronaldo - whose last competitive goal was at Euro 2008 - has attempted to play down the pressure he is under.
"I haven't scored in two years for Portugal," he said. "I hope to score tomorrow (Monday).
"I'm not concerned with that aspect, the goals will come, today, tomorrow or in a few years' time. I have faith in my coach and my team-mates and if I don't score, it's not the end of the world.
"I've always scored goals and they will come at the right time."
The former Manchester United star added: "I'm not frustrated.
"I feel very good, I'm happy. The atmosphere in the squad is brilliant, to be honest. Maybe I'll score tomorrow, I don't know."
Ronaldo will take on North Korea without fellow creative talisman Deco, who has been ruled out with a left hip problem which should be cured by the time Portugal face Brazil.
"Obviously Deco is always an important piece in the chess game," Ronaldo admitted.
Queiroz has no other injury concerns ahead of the match and is likely to call upon Tiago or Simao Sabrosa to take Deco's place.
North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun insists there will be "no further consequences" at the hands of dictator Kim Jong-il if his side fail to reach the last-16 stage of the World Cup.
North Korea, ranked 85th in the world, shocked many when they qualified for the tournament in South Africa.
Their presence has created interest for political reasons as much as footballing, with the country brutally ruled by the dictatorship of Kim Jong-il.
After a courageous 2-1 defeat by Brazil last week and ahead of their second Group G clash with Portugal, Kim Jong-hun was relatively open when asked whether his side would be rewarded or punished should they fight hard but ultimately go out.
"In our case I think it would be a good result and an achievement if we were to pass the group phase," he said.
"That is our main goal and then after, at the last-16 stage, if we can go further of course it would be a wonderful next step.
"For us at the World Cup we have two more (group) games left and we're going to put all of our effort into them and we're going to win points. That is our main goal.
"However, in this game sometimes you can win, sometimes you can lose. It doesn't always turn out the way you want it to or expect it to.
"There are going to be no further consequences after that."
The coach also denied previous reports that four players went missing last week and were rumoured to have tried to defect.
"I think that report was totally misrepresentative," he said.
"The management of the team and the players are my responsibility and there were never any team members missing. All the team members have always been with us, we've been together every day, eaten, trained and slept together.
"I heard that report as well but I think it's totally false and totally groundless."
He said he has a full squad to choose from with no injuries suffered in last week's defeat by Brazil.
With reports suggesting Kim Jong-il's propaganda machine was going to censor World Cup footage, Kim Jong-hun believes they are being supported back home.
"I think that they (the public) are watching the games of North Korea as well as other games as well," he added.
In 1966, North Korea shocked the world by reaching the quarter-finals in England and leading Portugal 3-0 only to lose 5-3 at Goodison Park.
The manager hopes to exorcise the ghosts of that defeat.
"Our players have seen the video footage of the 1966 game and heard about the game," he said.
"We could have gone further but were stopped in the quarter-finals, so we were very disappointed at that time. A lot of people remember that disappointment, I remember it very well myself.
"So for me and my players, we'll try our best to try to make up for that disappointment."
Portugal produced a spectacular performance of fluidity and flair to earn their first win - a 7-0 one at that - of the World Cup in style against North Korea.
Having failed to impress in their opening Group G stalemate with the Ivory Coast, Carlos Queiroz's side were under pressure to deliver against North Korea with a showdown against Brazil still to come.
And they did that emphatically as Raul Meireles scored in the first half before Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Tiago hit one apiece within seven second-half minutes.
Liedson and Cristiano Ronaldo got in on the act before Tiago grabbed his second in the dying minutes.
Portugal came into the match hoping to boost their goal difference with the Ivory Coast, their main rivals to join Brazil in the next round, still to play a North Korean side who were excellent in their 2-1 defeat by Dunga's side in the first game.
Queiroz made four changes, one of which was enforced due to Deco's hip injury and Tiago coming in. North Korea were unchanged.
Portugal captain Ronaldo, without a competitive goal for his country in two years, had an early effort blocked.
His side came close to a breakthrough in the seventh minute when Ricardo Carvalho was allowed to reach Simao's corner but saw his header hit the post and bounce away.
Cha Jong-hyok and Jong Tae-se had half chances for North Korea and a better opportunity then went begging after 17 minutes as Hong Yong-jo cut inside and when Eduardo parried his shot, Pak Nam-chol headed over.
In the 29th minute the impressive Meireles opened the scoring. Breaking into the box, he was found by Tiago's clever ball and expertly drove the ball beyond Ri Myong-guk.
Tiago had an early chance in the second half as his effort from distance was tipped over by the goalkeeper.
Ronaldo blasted one over in a lively opening to the half, then saw Ri Myong-guk spill a left-footed effort soon after.
Jong's deflected drive from a free-kick was saved by Eduardo and at the other end Almeida failed to finish off a nice move down the left when he could not convert Fabio Coentrao's cross.
However, it was 2-0 in the 53rd minute.
Almeida held up a long ball for Meireles and when the midfielder saw Simao bursting into the box to his right, the pass perfectly set up his team-mate for a straightforward finish.
North Korea were deflated and it was soon over as a contest. In the 56th minute Coentrao was put clear down the left and his perfectly-pitched cross found Almeida, who made no mistake with the header.
North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun sent on two substitutes in response but it was to no avail as Tiago added to the deficit, rushing forward to sweep home Ronaldo's cut-back from the left on the hour mark.
Meireles and Coentrao had further chances while in the 70th minute a fizzing Ronaldo shot hit the bar.
Ronaldo kept plugging away as he looked to break his two-year barren spell before Liedson made it 5-0 four minutes after coming off the bench.
Fellow replacement Duda whipped in a ball which Ri Kwang-chon failed to clear, allowing Brazil-born Liedson to hammer home on the turn.
Ronaldo finally got his goal when Liedson capitalised on a defensive mix-up to put him through before he rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home and Tiago headed home his second to complete the rout in the 89th minute.
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