World Cup

At the World Cup, Ronaldo starts for Portugal against South Korea.

In an effort to win World Cup Group H, Cristiano Ronaldo gets the start for a significantly altered Portugal against South Korea on Friday.

Ronaldo missed training on Wednesday after scoring against Ghana in Portugal’s opening match to become the only player to score in five World Cups.

Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Felix were among the players rested by head coach Fernando Santos from the squad that defeated Uruguay to earn qualification for the knockout stages.

Joao Mario of Benfica, Matheus Nunes of Wolves, and Diogo Dalot of Manchester United all enter the lineup in place of injured Paris Saint-Germain defender Nuno Mendes.

Portugal only needs a point against South Korea to clinch first place, while the Asian team must win and hope that Ghana’s match against Uruguay ends in their favor as well.

Son Heung-Min, a forward for Tottenham who has yet to score in the competition, is the Korean team’s captain.

Since Kim Min-jae of Napoli missed the tournament due to a calf injury, Lee Kang-in of Mallorca is starting in place of him as one of three changes.


South Korea (4-2-3-1)

Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Jin-su, Kim Young-gwon, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Moon-hwan; Jung Woo-young, Hwang In-beom; Lee Kang-in, Lee Jae-sung, Son Heung-min (capt); Cho Gue-sung

Portugal (4-2-3-1)

Diogo Costa; Diogo Dalot, Antonio Silva, Pepe, Joao Cancelo; Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes; Ricardo Horta, Joao Mario, Vitinha; Cristiano Ronaldo (capt)

Coach: Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee: Facundo Tello (ARG)

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