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.”
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.”
North Korean state television aired live coverage of the Portugal match, in what was thought to be a first for a national team soccer game taking place abroad.
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 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.