So, let's call it one goal equals twenty points.
Thus, a 1-0 World Cup game is like a 20-0 NFL game, while a 2-1 World Cup game is like a 40-20 NFL game. That traditionally most desirable score, 3-2, is like a 60-40 NFL game — a bit of a farce, relatively speaking. Portugal's 7-0 defeat of North Korea was like a 140-0 football game.
Psychologically, however, 1-0 is quite different from 20-0.
If your team is losing 20-0 in football, well, they might come back and score three touchdowns while blanking their opponents the rest of the way and win 21-20. American football is designed so that comebacks are possible by the offense taking on greater risks of interceptions, running out of downs, and sacks (with heightened chances of fumbles). But, you've got to admit, if your team is down 20-0, so far, at least, your guys are getting killed. You've given up two touchdowns and two field goals and you haven't scored at all.
In contrast, if you are down 1-0 in a World Cup game, that just shows ... well, whatever you want it to show: