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Portugal took on the DPRK in a Group G match, and Cristiano Ronaldo had something to prove. The Real Madrid star had not scored in an international match for more than a year...could he finally come through in an important game for his home country?
First half action...28th minute...Raul Meireles victimizes DPRK goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk...1-0 for Portugal.
Then the Portugal scoring machine broke loose in the second half...first, Simao Sabrosa makes it 2-0 at 53 minutes.
Just three minutes later, it's Hugo Almeida. His header was on target...3-0 Portugal.
In the 59th minute, Ronaldo gets loose down the left wing and delivers to Tiago rushing the net. Tiago makes it 4-0.
Liedson racks up the 5th goal for Portugal in the 81st minute after DPRK's backline failed to clear the ball away in the area.
Seven minutes after that, it was Cristiano Ronaldo's time. He breaks the
scoreless streak with a heads-up play, and makes it 6-0. Ronaldo works
with Liedson to steal the ball, beats the 'keeper, keeps control and scores. The bizarre play took place ten minutes after Ronaldo rattled the crossbar with a long-range attempt. This one took skill, balance, and more than a little luck to finish off. Ronaldo finally gets on the scoreboard for Portugal.
Tigao finally wrapped it up at 89 minutes. Portugal delivers a comprehensive thumping of the DPRK...and throws down a "Group of Death" goal-scoring barrage.
The DPRK repeats its loss to Portugal in the 1966 World Cup final.
Jong Tae-se, DPRK player said, "It's a pity. We wanted to have a revenge battle from the game 44 years ago, but we lost the match."
|Portugal took on the DPRK in a Group G match, and Cristiano Ronaldo had something |