Portugal Camp Focus – Simple mathematics for Portugal as seven goals steer them towards the last-16

Portugal arrived in seventh heaven courtesy of four changes to the starting-line up plus three goals just after half-time, ensuring the result and meaning they are all but certain to reach the last-16. Yet, when the heavens opened during the first-half, it looked as though the Iberians were set for another frustrating day. Instead, Portugal crucially boosted their goal difference and with it their probability of escaping the ‘Group of Death’ in an emphatic 7-0 demolition of DPR Korea. The result leaves them three points clear of qualification rivals Ivory Coast with a game to play and the handsome victory gives them a practically insurmountable goal difference ahead of the final round of fixtures.

A repeat of the 1966 eight-goal thriller between the sides was always very unlikely, and although the overall tally was almost matched, the manner of the result could not have been any further from Eus

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