N.Korea Broadcasts 7-0 Rout by Portugal Live

North Korea broadcast live the country's devastating rout at the hands of Portugal in the World Cup on Monday. A commentator from [North] Korean Central TV expressed disappointment when Portugal scored its first goal 29 minutes into the first half, saying, "We should have been more aware of the forwards coming from the second line." But he was hopeful of the equalizer that never came, adding, "If we play our own style of game, we will be able to score."

It was not to be. Portugal fairly pounded the North Korean goal in the second half to finish 7-0, leaving the North Korean commentator speechless. It was the first time North Korea ever broadcasted a World Cup match live.

A South Korean government official said, "It seems that the North decided to make this very unusual decision to broadcast a World Cup game live as many people began taking interest after North Korea's brave performance against the world No. 1 Brazil on June 16."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 22, 2010 11:26 KST