Portugal crushes North Korea to start World Cup schedule Monday
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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).