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22 June 2010 :: 15:06:42 pm 26812

Trio of World Cup Wins as Portugal in Seventh Heaven

An exhilarating Portugal performance saw a seven goal thriller unfold in their match with the North Korean’s in group G on Monday. In other matches Spain and Chile both achieved wins against Honduras and Switzerland respectively.
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South Africa, the 21st of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Portugal ran riot as they overwhelmed North Korea 7-0 in rainy Cape Town to leave themselves on the brink of qualification for the World Cup second round in South Africa. The result means that even if Portugal loses their final game against Brazil, the Ivory Coast will need to beat North Korea in the process of overturning a nine goal differential.

In a relatively bleak first-half performance, comparatively speaking, Raul Meireles opened the scoring on 29 minutes after a failed Ricardo Carvalho header hit the woodwork and landed in his path. After the interval, Portugal opened up the North Korean defence at will, with six goals coming from Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida, Tiago (2), Liedson and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the first of the second Group H matches, Chile beat a 10-man Switzerland 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Although not assured of a place in the second round Chile’s win puts them in top spot with 6 points ahead of Spain and Switzerland on 3.

A second-half header from Mark Gonzalez was the only goal of the game, coming via a well timed header at the far post, much to the acclaim of the noisy Chilean fans. Switzerland, despite being overrun by the South Americans, where given an excuse after having Valon Behrami sent off in just the 30th minute. Although determined the Swiss never really recovered from the early dismissal.

Spain’s bid to win their first World Cup is up and running courtesy of David Villa’s classy double in a 2-0 win over Group H foes Honduras in Johannesburg. Perhaps unlucky to lose their opening encounter against Switzerland, Spain completely dominated their second match, probably feeling as if they should have won by a larger margin given the amount of opportunities they created.

The European champions had 23 shots on goal, enjoyed 65% of possession and won 12 corners. How they only led by one goal at the interval was a minor mystery. Villa got the first goal in the 42nd minute before capping the victory and a double in the 51st minute. Spain, despite the win, will now have to rid themselves of their profligacy if they are to obtain a result against Brazil or Portugal, who they will likely meet in the second round if progression is obtained.

Tonight sees the commencement of the final group stage matches in South Africa, Group A kicking-off the affair with Mexico v Uruguay and France v South Africa. In the first of the Group B matches Nigeria will face South Korea whilst the exciting Argentineans will play-off against Greece.

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Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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