JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Brazil has finally shown its World Cup class, leading 2-0 against North Korea after 75 minutes of their World Cup match.
Defender Maicon fired his 55th-minute shot into the net from a tight angle to beat poorly positioned goalkeeper Ri Myong Guk.
Elano struck in the 73rd, placing a right-footed shot into the far corner of the net.
North Korea had frustrated the five-time champions through unselfish team play, forcing Brazil to rely on long-range shots.
North Korea's best chance was an 11th-minute shot by Jong Tae Se after he dribbled through three tackles.