Portugal crushes North Korea to start World Cup schedule Monday
Portugal vs. North Korea, Chile vs. Switzerland, and Spain vs. Honduras on the World Cup schedule Monday, June 21.
MONDAY (June 21):
- Portugal vs. North Korea, 1:30 pm (7:30 am EDT)
- Chile vs. Switzerland, 4 pm (10 am EDT)
- Spain vs. Honduras, 8:30 pm (2:30 pm EDT)
No. 3-ranked Portugal had a goalfest against No. 105-ranked North Korea. But it wasn't the worst loss in World Cup history. The Cup's largest-ever margin of victory is by nine goals, seen in 1954, 1974, and 1982.
No. 18-ranked Chile is expected to top No. 24-ranked Switzerland, according to FIFA's rankings. But Switzerland has turned into something of a dark horse after upsetting top-ranked Spain in their match last week.
And No. 2-ranked Spain is expected to beat No. 38-ranked Honduras. Spain needs the win to continue to the next round of the World Cup.
Check back with the Monitor for results.
On Sunday, Paraguay beat Slovakia (2-0), New Zealand tied Italy (1-1), and Brazil beat Ivory Coast (3-1). On Saturday, the Netherlands beat Japan (1-0), Denmark beat Cameroon (2-1), and Ghana tied Australia (1-1). On Friday, Serbia upset Germany (1-0), USA tied Slovenia (2-2), and England tied Algeria (0-0).
See all results and a schedule at FIFA.com.
Download a PDF of the World Cup schedule from FIFA, and this ESPN fact sheet on its month-long coverage of the World Cup. Live television coverage on ESPN and Univision begins a half-hour before each match. ESPN3 offers live streaming.
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