Portugal needs goals in a tight Group G
What's on the line
For Portugal, a fight for second place and to progress out of the tough Group G. Carlos Queiroz will know the battle for second likely will come down to the goal differential between his squad and the Ivory Coast, so he will tell his players to score as many as possible against a weak North Korean team.
With the Ivory Coast having lost to Brazil, Portugal now looks more certain for that second spot. But Brazil is looming in its final match, so the squad will be desperate to get the points it needs against North Korea.
Style and tactics
Portugal maintained its (fairly negative) possession habits in its draw against the Ivory Coast, when a talented and disciplined back line held it scoreless and virtually unthreatening throughout the 90 minutes. Against North Korea, Queiroz likely will try to open up play a little more and earn more chances for Liedson and Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Ivory Coast was disciplined, the North Korean back line is downright rigid. The squad showed against Brazil just how well it can defend in the box and surprised the world -- and the Selecao -- with its talent on the counterattack. The North Koreans will use the same techniques against Portugal, whose offense is not nearly as potent as the Brazilians'.
Players to watch
Liedson, Portugal. The forward was a huge help to Portugal during its qualification campaign, but he's been quiet since the warm-up campaign started. He spoke fervently after the Ivory Coast game that Portugal must improve in attack, especially in a must-win game. Look for Liedson to work on his play with Ronaldo and Simao, the squad's leading scorer in qualifying, as a front three against North Korea.
Jong Tae-Se, North Korea. The fan favorite and star striker of the North Korean side, Jong was reportedly devastated he did not score in the opener against Brazil, having to be consoled and helped off the pitch by his coach. He had promised to score in each of North Korea's games this World Cup, so he'll be looking to make up for his lapse last week.
What we can expect
Portugal will be on the offensive from the start, an unusual position from a team that uses short passes and back flicks as its foundation. Ronaldo likely will try to be involved from the start, perhaps by now feeling the effects of his long scoring drought for the national team. He should partner well up top with Liedson, but North Korea will clamp down.
Just as they did against Brazil, the Koreans will park the bus in front of goal. It worked to great effect against the Selecao, and Portugal doesn't have a fullback the caliber of Maicon to turn the tide. If North Korea can hold the Portuguese squad long enough to frustrate the players, the underdogs might be able to pull out a result with a strong counterattack.
These two teams have met only once before, in one of the most famous games in football history. In the 1966 World Cup quarterfinals, North Korea went up 3-0 against Portugal before the legendary Eusebio scored four goals and Portugal came back to win 5-3. North Korea will have to summon the spirit of that magical run -- the North Koreans already had shocked the world by reaching the quarterfinals -- to have a chance at a result Monday.
Portugal 3, North Korea 1. North Korea won't make it easy, but Portugal will be desperate for goals. Ronaldo will finally find his scoring touch and will impress on free kicks, but the Koreans will keep it interesting by using a strong counterattack throughout the match.
Rachel Ullrich is an editor for ESPN.com.