Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored.
So did Raul Meireles, Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida, Liedson and Tiago (twice).
Portugal put on the most dominant performance of the World Cup on Monday in Cape Town, South Africa, knocking in a flurry of second-half goals and routing North Korea, 7-0.
The win puts Portugal on the brink of advancing to the round of 16 and means the Koreans won’t make it out of group play.
“It was a great day for Portugal and Portuguese football,” coach Carlos Queiroz said
“The players are really happy with the way they played, the attitude for the game, the beautiful football, the beautiful goals.”
Those goals came in bunches.
Simao, Almeida and Tiago all scored early in the second half, after Meireles’ 29th-minute goal gave Portugal the lead.
Liedson, substituting for Almeida started another run with a goal in the 81st.
Ronaldo ended his goalless streak the 87th minute, and Tiago added his second goal two minutes later.
One of the world’s best and most highly paid players, Ronaldo had not scored for his nation in a nonfriendly match since the 2008 European Championship.
“To score seven goals in a World Cup is not easy,” said Ronaldo, who gave his man-of-the-match award to Tiago. “My teammates played very well.”
The win moves Portugal into second place in Group G with four points, two behind Brazil. The Ivory Coast has one point, and North Korea can’t advance in the tournament after two straight losses.
“This is a great result for us,” Queiroz said. “We have to continue now.”
Chile 1, Switzerland 0: Substitute Mark Gonzalez scored on a header in the 75th minute as Chile beat 10-man Switzerland in Port Elizabeth.
Before Chile scored, Switzerland set a World Cup record in the 69th minute by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal, breaking the mark of 550 held by Italy at the 1986 and 1990 tournaments. Chile has won both its games in Group H.
Switzerland played a man down after the 31st minute when midfielder Valone Behrami was sent off with a red card for rough play.
Spain 2, Honduras 0: David Villa scored two goals as Spain got back on track in Johannesburg.
Villa beat three defenders in the 17th minute before goalkeeper Noel Valladares got a touch to the Spain striker’s rising shot but not enough to keep it out.
Villa scored his 40th international goal on a deflection in the 51st, then had a glorious opportunity for a hat trick but missed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, sending it wide right.
Spain can still win Group H with a victory over Chile.