In this special 10-part series, ESPN's Jayaditya Gupta, who has attended every World Cup since 2002, recalls his favourite matches from the tournament. At no. 9, it's Portugal's rout of North Korea in 2010, where Cristiano Ronaldo left a lasting impression and North Korea's misery extended well beyond the scoreline.
Portugal came into this game off a goalless draw against Ivory Coast while North Korea, in their first World Cup in 44 years, had kept Brazil down to a 2-1 win.
South Korea handed fellow 2018 World Cup finalists Japan a brutal 4-1 home thrashing on Saturday night as Kim Shin-Wook inspired Shin Tae-Yong's side to a come-from-behind win that sealed a successful defence of the East Asian Championship title.
J.League Player of the Year Yu Kobayashi gave Japan a third minute lead from the penalty spot in Tokyo. But Kim's double, and goals from Jung Woo-young and Yeom Ki-Hun's deflected free-kick, earned the South Koreans an emphatic and historic win.
Gen Shoji's outrageous strike from the edge of the centre circle put considerable gloss on another muted performance from World Cup-bound Japan as Vahid Halilhodzic's makeshift side secured a 2-1 win over China at the East Asian Championship in Tokyo on Tuesday evening.
Shoji's long-range attempt evaded Wang Dalei, despite the goalkeeper having a clear sight of the ball from the moment the central defender took aim, only for the shot to fly over his head to double Japan's lead with just three minutes...
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has set his sights on another two wins in the remaining matches at the East Asian Championship, despite questioning the quality of the squad at his disposal for this week's four-team competition.