Portugal runs over World Cup champion Spain 4-0

World Cup champion Spain was routed 4-0 by neighbor Portugal on

Wednesday, its worst loss in 47 years.

Portugal got a measure of revenge for its second-round loss to

Spain in South Africa, with Carlos Martins opening the scoring in

the 45th minute by firing in the rebound from Cristiano Ronaldo’s

shot that had been saved by goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Spain’s sluggish defense was undone by Portugal’s quick

counterattacks in the second half as Sergio Ramos poked Helder

Postiga’s shot into his own goal in the 48th. Joao Moutinho found

Postiga for the third in the 68th before Hugo Almeida capped the

Iberian derby victory in injury time.

It was Spain’s worst defeat since a 6-2 loss to Scotland in a

June 1963 exhibition, and second big loss in an exhibition in two

months. Spain lost 4-1 to Argentina on Sept. 7.