Diogo Dalot starts for Portugal against South Korea; Bruno Fernandes on the bench

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos has decided to rotate against South Korea, meaning there is a place for Diogo Dalot in the starting line-up.

It comes as Dalot’s first start at a World Cup and his form — for club and country — warrants it. He has been in incredible form for Manchester United and has been one of the top performing right-backs in Europe this season.

Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes is named on the bench so he gets a deserved rest. He has carried Portugal through the group stages and they’ll need him fit for the knockout stages.

Only a win is enough for South Korea if they want to qualify, but they also need Uruguay to narrowly beat Ghana in the other 3pm kick-off.

Portugal XI: Diogo Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Antonio Silva, Cancelo; Nunes, Neves, Vitinha; Joao Mario, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Horta.

Portugal bench: Rui Patricio, Ruben Dias, Guerreiro, Joao Palhinha, Bruno Fernandes, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Sa, William Carvalho, Rafael Leao, Gonzalo Ramos.

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