South Korea vs Portugal – World Cup LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo STARTS as Portugal look to wrap up group with 100% record | The Sun

PORTUGAL will be hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record ahead of the World Cup knockout stages when they face South Korea.

Cristiano Ronaldo is dreaming that what is expected to be his final ever World Cup will be the crowning glory for one of the greatest players ever – and he is STARTING this afternoon.

South Korea have it all to do, as even a win might not be enough if Ghana beat Uruguay.

  • Kick-off: 3pm UK time
  • TV channel: BBC One
  • Live stream: BBC iPlayer
  • South Korea XI: Seung-gyu, Moon-hwan, Young-gwonm, Kyung-won Kwon, Jin-su, In-beom Hwang, Jung, Kang-in Lee, Jae-sung Lee, Son, Cho
  • Portugal XI: Diogo Costa, Dalot, Pepe, Antonio Silva, Cancelo, Neves, Matheus Nunes, Vitinha, Joao Mario, Ricardo Horta, Ronaldo

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  • Joe Adams

    Andrew Dillon at the Education City Stadium

    SunSport's Andrew Dillon is at the ground in Qatar, and has this pre-match report on Portugal's famous number 7.

    Cristiano Ronaldo starts Portugal's final group game as he looks to make the World Cup all about him again.

    He needs just one goal to level the record of nine in his country set by legendary Eusebio.

    Ronny was rated at just 50/50 for the game just to get everyone talking about him again. It was only a few days ago he threw his toys out of the pram for not being credited with a goal against Uruguay.

    The Portuguese are already through and South Korea need to win to stand any chance of going through to the last 16. It's a tall order.

    Andrew DillonSunSport

  • Joe Adams

    Group H standings

    Here's a quick reminder of how things stand in group H.

    Ghana and Uruguay kick-off at the same time as this one.

    • Portugal (7pts) +3 GD
    • Ghana (3pts) 0 GD
    • South Korea (1pt) -1 GD
    • Uruguay (1pt) -2 GD

    Could we have another day of goal difference drama?

    Bento absent on historic return

    South Korea boss Paulo Bento was part of the World Cup side that South Korea eliminated in 2002.

    However, he will be absent from the dug-out after being shown a red card following a bitter row with the referee against Ghana.

    Bento has insisted his absence won't be a problem for the players, stating: "It's not going to be a problem. This time they will be on their own but it won't change much."

    Coaching a side to beat your own country can't be an easy position!

    • Joe Adams

      South Korea XI

      Paulo Bento makes two changes from the side that lost 3-2 to Ghana.

      Lee Jae-Sung and Lee Kang-In come into replace Chang-Hoon Kwon and Woo-Yeong Jeong.

      Gue-Sung Cho keeps his place after netting twice in his last match.

      Seung-Gyu, Moon-Hwan, Kyung-Won, Young-Gwon, Jin-Su, In-Beom, Woo-Young, Jae-Sung, Kang-In, Son, Gue-Sung

    • Joe Adams

      Ronaldo starts for Portugal

      There were doubts over whether Cristiano Ronaldo would be fit to start this game but Fernando Santos has included him from the start today.

      Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias are all on the bench.

      Costa, Dalot, Pepe, Antonio Silva, Cancelo, Joao Mario, Neves, Vitinha, Nunes, Horta, Ronaldo

    • Joe Adams

      Good afternoon from Qatar!

      Hello and welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of this afternoon’s group H clash between South Korea and Euro 2018 winners Portugal.

      South Korea fell just short against Ghana in one of the tournament’s most entertaining games last week, losing 3-2. The contest saw manager Paulo Bento sent off deep into stoppage time after a row with the referee.

      Today, Bento faces an even tougher task against an in-form Portugal side who have already qualified. South Korea must win and hope that Uruguay do them a favour against Ghana, if they are to stand any chance of reaching the knockout rounds.

      Meanwhile, Portugal will come into this one confident having triumphed 2-0 over Uruguay last time out courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes double.

      More of the same today will make them the only team in Qatar to win all three games they’ve played so far. But a point is all they need to secure top spot in the group.

      The action is scheduled for 15:00 at the Education City stadium and we will bring you all the team news shortly as we build up to kick-off.

      Credit: PA
      Credit: AFP

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