Portugal routed North Korea 7-0 in their second match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
It was clear from the start that North Korea had no business on the same field as the European powerhouse. By virtue of their 7-0 win, Portugal has put itself in prime position to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. They have also, according to the live ESPN telecast, secured the “seventh most decisive decision in World Cup history” and the “largest World Cup win since 2002” when Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0.
Portugal scored early and often. They scored in the 29th, 53rd, 56th, 60th, 81st, 87th and 89th minute. Everyone from Raul Meireles to Cristiano Ronaldo notched a goal.
Most importantly in this win, Portugal made a statement that, unlike the other favorites in this tournament, they were here to win a championship.
England was favored by some coming into the tournament. Well, after two matches and only one goal they’re not looking very sharp. The home fans had to be furious that they could not even avoid a 0-0 tie versus Algeria. They probably should have beat the U.S., but a goal is a goal, as they say.
Spain was trumped by Switzerland 1-0 in their World Cup opener. Shocking for a squad with names such as David Villa, David Silva and Fernando Torres. It’s only the first game, but that is an underwhelming result.
Brazil got back on track with their 3-1 victory over Ivory Coast, after only nudging past North Korea 2-1.
The French are the biggest disappointment. They have no goals after two games, and only a point after tying Uruguay in their first match. Can it get worse? Well, they have sent home star striker Nicolas Anelka, who apparently yelled profanities to manager Raymond Domenech at halftime in their 2-0 loss to Mexico. Oh, but it gets worse. The players, trying to make some “statement,” refused to practice on Sunday, and the team’s director Jean-Louis Valentin, resigned.
But, as of now, all things are good in the Portugal camp. After tying a talented Ivory Coast team, they put down North Korea in dominating fashion, as they should have.
In a tournament that is now turning upside-down (which you love, if you’re a sports fan), Portugal is one of the few early favorites to win that still looks like they actually could.
“2010 FIFA World Cup: France team refuses to practice over Nicolas Anelka expulsion”, ESPN
“World Cup Match Results: Portugal vs North Korea – FIFA World Cup 2010”, ESPN
“FIFA 2010 World Cup Scores / Results – Live Scoreboard”, ESPN