We thought Brazil would lay the goals on North Korea, but instead it was their former colonial masters who pounded the Stalinist regime's soccer team 7-0 during today's Portugal vs. North Korea match.
São Paulo, Brazil
Portugal arrived at this World Cup with some of the best players in Europe and a team that was less than the sum of its parts. The Iberians finished second in a weak qualifying group and they had to earn a spot via a playoff against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
It was the biggest win of the tournament so far and confirmed Portugal as serious contenders for the title. An added bonus was a goal for Cristiano Ronaldo in the dying moments that ended his two-year goal drought for the national team.
At this point there was no indication of the goalfest to come. North Korea ended the first half down only one goal, and appeared determined and looked capable of coming back.