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(World Cup) N. Korea crushed 7-0 by Portugal in World Cup group match

All Headlines 22:59 June 21, 2010

By Tony Chang

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea crashed out of competition in the World Cup finals after being trounced 7-0 by Portugal in their second Group G match on Monday.

The setback pushed North Korea to the bottom of Group G which also includes Brazil and Ivory Coast. The North Koreans earlier had lost to Brazil 1-2, while Portugal had fought a scoreless draw with Ivory Coast.

North Korea now are scheduled to play Ivory Coast in their final group-stage match but its result wouldn't affect the North's elimination from the tournament.

The Portuguese went head in the 29th minute when Raul Meireles right-footed a through pass from close range inside the area in the rain-soaked match at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.

The North Koreans put up tight defense in the first half but their defense crumbled in the second half after Simao double Portugal's lead in the 53rd minute.

Hugo Almeida added another point for the Portuguese three minutes later and Tiago ramped up the goal rally by connecting a cross from the left by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 60th minute.

Liedson scored another for the Portugal in the 81st minute and Ronaldo took advantage of a gaffe by North Korean goalie Ri Myung-guk, giving Portugal its sixth goal. Tiago later sealed Portugal's seventh and final goal in the 89th minute.

Portugal faced the unknown Asian underdog for the first time in 44 years. When they met at the 1966 England World Cup, North Korea was defeated 5-3 by the Portuguese in the semifinals, despite having an initial 3-0 lead.

odissy@yna.co.kr
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