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Top 10 World Cup memories: No. 9 - Portugal 7 North Korea 0

Ronaldo jumps over North Korea's goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk before scoring Portugal's sixth.
Ronaldo jumps over North Korea's goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk before scoring Portugal's sixth.

In this special 10-part series, ESPN's Jayaditya Gupta, who has attended every World Cup since 2002, recalls his favourite matches from the tournament. At no. 9, it's Portugal's rout of North Korea in 2010, where Cristiano Ronaldo left a lasting impression and North Korea's misery extended well beyond the scoreline.

The context

Portugal came into this game off a goalless draw against Ivory Coast while North Korea, in their first World Cup in 44 years, had kept Brazil down to a 2-1 win.

The match

The...

South Korea thrash South Korea in Tokyo to win East Asian title

The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

South Korea handed fellow 2018 World Cup finalists Japan a brutal 4-1 home thrashing on Saturday night as Kim Shin-Wook inspired Shin Tae-Yong's side to a come-from-behind win that sealed a successful defence of the East Asian Championship title.

J.League Player of the Year Yu Kobayashi gave Japan a third minute lead from the penalty spot in Tokyo. But Kim's double, and goals from Jung Woo-young and Yeom Ki-Hun's deflected free-kick, earned the South Koreans an emphatic and historic win.

The defeat...

Shoji wonder goal fires Japan to win vs. China in East Asian Championships

The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Gen Shoji's outrageous strike from the edge of the centre circle put considerable gloss on another muted performance from World Cup-bound Japan as Vahid Halilhodzic's makeshift side secured a 2-1 win over China at the East Asian Championship in Tokyo on Tuesday evening.

Shoji's long-range attempt evaded Wang Dalei, despite the goalkeeper having a clear sight of the ball from the moment the central defender took aim, only for the shot to fly over his head to double Japan's lead with just three minutes...

Japan experiment without Kagawa, Okazaki at East Asian Championship

The ESPN FC crew feel Group H is the most unpredictable with Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan making up the group.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts evaluate Australia's World Cup group and assess whether they or any other Asian teams can progress.

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has set his sights on another two wins in the remaining matches at the East Asian Championship, despite questioning the quality of the squad at his disposal for this week's four-team competition.

The Japanese kicked off their campaign with a late and fortuitous 1-0 win over North Korea on Saturday evening when a deflected injury time strike from Yosuke Ideguchi saw off Jorn Andersen's determined side at Ajinomoto Stadium.

That win put the Japanese on top of the early...

Ideguchi goal in 94th minute helps Japan edge North Korea in Tokyo

The ESPN FC crew feel Group H is the most unpredictable with Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan making up the group.

Japan had a late strike from Yosuke Ideguchi to thank for earning a fortuitous 1-0 win over North Korea on Saturday to put Vahid Halilhodzic's side on top of the early standings at the East Asian Championships.

Ideguchi's deflected effort in the 94th minute in front of just over 20,000 fans at Ajinomoto Stadium secured all three points for Japan. They move to the top of the standings after South Korea and China played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the evening.

The North Koreans were unfortunate not...