Three quick thoughts after
His appointment back in 2008 was a controversial one, which particularly upset Simao, who felt his experience was better suited to the role. Ronaldo's performances for Portugal are still way below the level he has previously showed for Manchester United and Real Madrid, and this is an ongoing issue for Queiroz. In the first half against North Korea, it was no different: After a long shot early, Ronaldo kept dropping deep to pick up the ball, but his touch and dribbling let him down. Tiago, Simao and
Someone must have told him that at halftime, as he stayed mainly on the left in the second half, setting up Tiago cleverly for the fourth goal (his first assist in a competitive match in more than two years), combining well with the excellent
Brazil perhaps had the toughest job in playing North Korea when it was a true unknown quantity. Now Portugal has exposed its weaknesses at the back, while improving the tournament's goals average. Ivory Coast will hope to take advantage on Friday.