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World Cup: Now back to our regularly scheduled program

June 21, 2010 |  7:50 am

North Korea sure picked the wrong day to make a little broadcast history.

After delaying the telecast of its World Cup team's gallant game against tournament favorite Brazil for 17 hours, state-run television decided to air Monday's second game against Portugal live in what is believed to be a first for a North Korean soccer match aboard.

Alas, the North Koreans were not ready for prime time, losing 7-0 in one of the most one-sided games in World Cup history.

North Korea has a team at the World Cup for the first time in 44 years. And the last time that Portugal and North Korea played was in the quarterfinals of the 1966 World Cup in England. Portugal rallied from three goals down to win that match 5-3.

-- Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg, South Africa