International Sports

World Cup: Day 5

Scores: Brazil 2, North Korea 1 (Group G), Cote d'Ivoire 0, Portugal 0 (Group G),

Goal scorers: Brazil: Maicon, Elano. Korea: Ji Yun Nam.

Game of the day: JOHANNESBURG - Brazil took control over the North Koreans in a 2-1 victory in Group G.

The Koreans stimied the Brazilians for 55 minutes in the cold weather of Johannesburg at Ellis Park Stadium.

Proving itself as a world powerhouse on the pitch, the five-time champion Brazilian squad did not fail to show why they are the team to beat in Group G.

Despite the defense put up by North Korea, the Brazilians skill that includes Robinho and Kaka managed to come out ahead for the win.

Brazilian defender Maicon opened the scoring for a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute off a ball from teammate Elano. Elano made the second goal in the 72nd minute off a pass from Robinho.

Defender Ji Yun Nam struck the single goal for North Korea in the 89th minute.

The Koreans' hard defensive line took the Brazilians off their mark, but experiences prevailed.

Brazil ended the match with 26 shots to Korea's 11.

Brazil places themselves atop Group G with three points, while Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal trail after their matches ended in a tie.

Lineups: Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Felipe Melo, Michel Bastos, Elano, Gilberto Silva, Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho. Coach: Dunga. Korea: Ri Myong Guk, Cha Jong Hyok, Ri Jun, Pak Nam Chol, Ri Kwang Chon, Ji Yun Nam, Jong Tae Se, Hong Yong Jo, Mun In Guk, Pak Chol Jin, An Chol Jin, Coach: Kim Jong Hun.

Quotes: "It is important to start with a victory and we did it. It was a good step toward our goal of being in the final on July 11," said Maicon.

Wednesday matches / June 16: South Africa vs. Uruguay, 7 a.m. (Group A); Honduras vs. Chile, 4:30 a.m. (Group H); Spain vs. Switzerland, 7 a.m. (Group H).