Portugal midfielder Tiago insists he felt no guilt about condemning Korea DPR to a 7-0 defeat on Monday despite possible repercussions for their opponents.
Carlos Queiroz's side clicked into gear emphatically this week by heavily defeating North Korea after drawing 0-0 with the Cote d'Ivoire in their opening Group G game. For Korea DPR, who were valiant in a 2-1 opening defeat by Brazil, the scoreline was a real blow to their pride.
After playing the Cote d'Ivoire in their final match, Kim Jong-hun's side must return home to face the music with all kinds of speculation surrounding the welcome they will get from communist dictator Kim Jong-il. Tiago scored two goals in the match, including the seventh, but told Press Association Sport: "I'm not sorry, it's football. We want to win, we want to score but we wish them luck. I think it's always difficult to lose 7-0 but hopefully in the next game they will be strong."
Reminded that for Korea DPR it is perhaps not 'just' football, Tiago added: "Yes, I know. I didn't feel guilty because you want to play and you want to score. I think for them it's difficult, I hope in their third game (against Ivory Coast) they can score and win."
Monday's win saw Cristiano Ronaldo break a two-year spell without a competitive goal and defender Ricardo Carvalho believes the whole team will benefit from that. "Of course we're pleased for him, it's important for him," said the Chelsea defender. He'd been a little bit disappointed because he wants to score in every game.
"It is also a goal for his confidence. He makes a difference: he can score on a counter-attack; he can score free-kicks; create from corner kicks. So he's a top player, it was so important for him to score and for us as well, because the more confidence he gets is better for us."