Monday, June 21, 2010

FIFA World Cup Live: Portugal V North Korea

Simao was the second man from Portugal to score against the hapless North Korean outfit. His 53rd minute effort marked what may be the end of the Asian minnows in the World Cup.

Raul Meireles had made his presence felt in the 29th minute with a superb goal as he latched on to a gorgeous through ball by Tiago and finished clinically past Myong-Guk.

The crucial game in Group G between Portugal and North Korea started amongst much fanfare, buzzing with the jam packed stadium. Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz started with Eduardo in goal, Miguel, Carvalho, Alves, Coentrao in defence, Mendes, Meireles and Tiago in midfield, with Ronaldo, Almeida and Simao leading the frontline.

North Korea coach Kim Jong Hun, on the other hand, lined up with a very tight, very compact 5-3-1-1 formation. Jong Tae Se will lead the attack with Yong-Jo behind him; In-Guk, Nam Choi, Yong Hak in midfield, with Jun-Il, Kwang-Chon, Chol JIn, Yun Nam and Jyong Hyok in defence.

Portugal: Eduardo, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pedro Mendes, Simao, Miguel, Raul Meireles, Hugo Almeida, Tiago, Fabio Coentrao. (That means Liedson, Ferreira and Danny all drop to the bench. Ruben Amorim is injured and Deco is also out.)

North Korea: Ri Myong Guk, Cha Jong Hyok, Ri Jun Il, Pak Nam Chol, Ri Kwang Chon, Ji Yun Nam, Jong Tae Se, Hong Yong Jo, Mun In Guk, An Yong Hak.

(That means this lineup is unchaged from their first clash against Brazil.)


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