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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Glory glory Portugal!

Day 11 in South Africa was all about goals – the seven Portugal put past Korea DPR and the one that Switzerland custodian Diego Benaglio conceded against Chile. Spain finally found their range, meanwhile, to get their campaign back on track by beating Honduras.

As the rain teemed down in Cape Town, so the goals flooded in as Portugal routed Group G rivals Korea DPR 7-0. When these teams met in the 1966 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals, the North Koreans raced into a three-goal lead before succumbing 5-3 but the only thing the rematch had in common was the presence of Eusebio, watching from the stands. Portugal led only 1-0 at half-time but tore apart their opponents after the restart to record their highest FIFA World Cup win and take a big step towards the Round of 16. For the North Koreans, so promising against Brazil in their first match, the game is already up.

A goalfest was never on the cards at Port Elizabeth Stadium given Switzerland's defensive obduracy and Chile's profligacy in front of goal – even with the Swiss reduced to ten men by Valon Behrami's 31st-minute red card. As in their first game, it took the South Americans 20 shots to score one goal but Mark Gonzalez's second-half strike was enough to give Chile the outright lead in Group H – and end Switzerland's record-breaking run without conceding.

Lastly to Johannesburg, where Spain bounced back from defeat by the Swiss with a 2-0 success against Honduras. David Villa scored twice but spurned the chance of a hat-trick with a second-half penalty miss – the first by a Spaniard on the world stage. The European champions' shots-per-goals ratio in the tournament is now 23/1, even higher then Chile's, so pity the poor Jabulani when the pair meet in their group decider in Tshwane/ Pretoria on Friday.

Goal of the day
Portugal 6-0 Korea DPR, Cristiano Ronaldo, 87 mins: It did not rival some of his team's superbly worked goals for quality, but Portugal's captain deserved the stroke of fortune that brought his first international strike since February 2009 and left him grinning broadly. As against Côte d'Ivoire, Ronaldo had earlier rattled the Korean crossbar with a spectacular effort from distance but this time his luck was in: goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk saved at his feet but the ball spun up, bouncing on the back of his head before landing at his feet for an easy conversion.

Its funny though when I look at Ronaldo's goal...
the ball just bounce in his back and his head...he exactly dont know where the ball is..it's like he just doing freestyle...funny!haha
and the ball just fall in front of him and then he just need to put a little touch to make his first goal...he smile,,,and i think he just said,"how come the ball be like that,,,its not the right time to make a freestyle..this is a match..not a show"