JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A look at Day 11 Monday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):
Portugal 7, North Korea 0, Group G, North Korea eliminated
Chile 1, Switzerland 0, Group H
Spain 2, Honduras 0, Group H
Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Tiago scored over an eight-minute span in the second half, part of a six-goal spree in the period as Portugal routed North Korea 7-0. It was the biggest output by any team in the 2010 World Cup. Raul Meireles assisted on Simao's goal in the 53rd minute, which went through the legs of North Korea goalkeeper Ri Myong Guk. Almeida scored three minutes later from a powerful header, and Tiago knocked home a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 60th.
Tiago scored twice in the second half of Portugal's 7-0 romp past North Korea despite playing in a steady downpour at Cape Town.
Substitute Mark Gonzalez, aided by another replacement, Esteban Paredes, lifted Chile to a 1-0 victory over Switzerland, scoring the first goal against the Swiss in a World Cup since 1994.
David Villa, Spain, scored both goals as the European champion righted itself with a 2-0 victory over Honduras. Villa highlighted a revitalized attack after a 1-0 lose to Switzerland last week.
Before Chile scored in the 75th minute, Switzerland set a World Cup record in the 69th by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal, breaking the mark of 550 held by Italy at the 1986 and 1990 tournaments. The last goal the Swiss allowed came on a July 2, 1994 when they were eliminated 3-0 by Spain in the second round. Aitor Begiristain scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
|SOUTH AMERICAN POWER|
Heading into the final matches of the opening round, South American clubs have eight wins, two draws and no losses. That includes 2-0 records for Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
|GOAL OF THE DAY|
David Villa single-handedly took the pressure off Spain, a favorite coming to South Africa, with a superb individual effort that helped ease the frustration of a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland. He dribbled between two Honduras players before cutting past Osman Chavez to send a right-footed shot into the far corner of the net as he slipped to the ground, the first goal of a 2-0 victory. Villa scored again in the second half, then missed a penalty kick wide right.
Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay need only draws in their final opening-round matches to advance.
The Mexicans and Uruguayans meet in Rustenberg (10 a.m.), so a tie will get both teams through from Group A. Argentina, which is on top of Group B, faces Greece at Polokwane ( 2:30 p.m.) and, even if they lose, the Argentines could reach the next round.
Looking on and hoping for help are France and South Africa (10 a.m. at Bloemfontein) in Group A. South Korea is in better shape in Group B and with a victory over Nigeria (2:30 p.m. at Durban), it has a strong chance to stay alive.
Heading into Tuesday, Argentina has six points, Greece and South Korea three and Nigeria none in Group B. Mexico and Uruguay each have four points, France and South Africa have one apiece.
"There is no option but for us to play the games of our lives tomorrow against France."I'm predicting a three or four-nil victory. Let's get behind Bafana tomorrow. Win or lose, in many respects we have already won the World Cup." — Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on South Africa's challenge Tuesday in Group A.