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Games That Shook Goodison: North Korea Make It Look Easy
by Ed Bottomley

Portugal 5-3 North Korea. 19th July 1966

–Just sixteen teams played in the ’66 World Cup and only one place was reserved for Africa, Oceania, and Asia combined. Most countries pulled out of qualifying in disgust. Only Australia and North Korea remained.
A two-leg playoff was to decide who would travel to England and as both countries were technically at war with each other, the neutral venue of Phnom Penh Cambodia was where the matches were played. Over the two games, North Korea won 9-2, a shock which continued to reverberate through tp the final itself.
In the group stages of the ’66 World Cup North Korea had shocked everyone. Improbably – amazingly – they had beaten Italy, and by doing so progressed to the next round.

Against Portugal, a widely fancied side led by the Black Panther Eusebio, Korea stunned everyone with three goals in 22 minutes. Goodison began chanting “easy, easy” and “we want four”. Eusebio answered these calls with a brutal four goal onslaught in just under half an hour. Portugal won 5-3, breaking Korean hearts. It wasn’t until 2011 that another player scored four at Goodison, with Louis Saha’s demolition of Blackpool.


Written by Ed Bottomley

Everton fan exiled in Michigan. Duncan Ferguson obsessive, history buff, optimist. Follow me on Twitter @DixiesSixty


i thought i’d erased it completely but your last sentence brought the horror back. Efan Ekoku scored 4 for Norwich in 1993.

by Mick on Jul 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks Mick! (Sorry for dredging up horrendous old memories)

    by Ed Bottomley on Jul 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Also Latchford scored five vs Wimbledon in a League Cup tie in ’78.

And dare I mention what Ian Rush did to us in November ’82? I never saw his fourth (not even to this day) – shuffling apologetically out of the Main Stand (and I never saw another game from that side of the ground either) with my dad at 0-4.

by Michael Jones on Nov 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

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