World Cup: Who beat North Korea more, Brazil or Portugal?

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal follows the ball as he scores his team's sixth goal past Ri Myong-Guk of North Korea during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Portugal and North Korea at the Green Point Stadium on June 21, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It has to be Portugal, right? After all, how does a 7-0 win compare to a 2-1 win? Well, as we've seen before, gameplay tends to change quite significantly depending on the score. But we can compare how Portugal and Brazil did when the game was tied - 28 minutes for Portugal and 54 minutes for Brazil:

/5400 Passes % of Passes Shots
Portugal 424 71.5 25.5
Brazil 652 86.3 18.6

The table above shows both passes and shots on a per-90-minutes basis. We can see that Brazil had more ball possession, but they weren't as successful at getting into scoring position. It's not clear that Portugal actually dominated North Korea more than Brazil did, regardless of the outcome.

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