Category Archives: Group G

In Brief: Friday 25 June

Switzerland were unable to build on their shock defeat of Spain in the opening round of group H fixtures, held 0-0 by a Honduras side who were already eliminated. A two-goal win would have been enough to see the Swiss … Continue reading

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Portugal 0-0 Brazil

If this match report is late, it has nothing to do with this being one of four matches played on Friday, before an especially sunny and sociable weekend. Nope. It’s just taken this long to get over the trauma. Because … Continue reading

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Portugal 7-0 North Korea

Portugal silenced their critics with a scintillating display in this seven-goal humiliation of North Korea. Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and created another two, but in a rare display of sportsmanship he gave his man of the match away to Tiago. … Continue reading

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Portugal v North Korea – Live!

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Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast

Brazil sealed qualification for the second round with a fine win over Ivory Coast here, though the scoreline rather flatters a display that was as much about coach Dunga’s defensive mindset as the traditional Brazilian values of quick passing and … Continue reading

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Honduras 0-1 Chile

Another early kickoff, another empty stadium and another 1-0. Chile were excellent here, delivering the best team performance since Germany’s 4-0 shellacking of Australia on Sunday night, and but for some poor finishing in front of goal they would have … Continue reading

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Brazil 2-1 North Korea

Sorry, “DPR Korea”, as they demand to be called. Either way North Korea joined New Zealand and South Africa in being patronised half to death by British broadcasters. They may have formed one third of George Bush’s Axis of Evil … Continue reading

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