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South Korea vs Portugal World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Group H match at Qatar 2022

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Portugal may know they are guaranteed to move into the last 16 of the World Cup going into their final Group H game, but it is a do-or-die situation for South Korea.

With two wins from two, the Seleccao are playing only to top their group — a possibly insignificant prize given the identity of their potential opponents.

But there is much more at stake for the South Koreans, who are locked in a three-way battle with Ghana and Uruguay to progress.

The only way for Paulo Bento’s men to give themselves any chance of reaching the next round is to win.

Below are the projected lineups for both teams based on the latest news leading up to the match.

MORE: World Cup 2022 standings: Live updated table, points for every group in Qatar

South Korea vs Portugal lineups

Portugal boss Fernando Santos has hinted that he could leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of his team to face South Korea.

With a place in the knockout stages already assured and Ronaldo having sat out a training session ahead of the game, he may join a number of stars in missing out on a place in a rotated selection on Friday.

“Let’s see. In principle, Ronaldo will train soon,” Santos said.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was replaced in both games. There’s a plan in case Cristiano can’t play. There is no player guaranteed to play all the time. It would hardly run if we didn’t have a plan.”

South Korea projected starting 11

(4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-S. Kim (GK) — 15-M.H. Kwon, 19-Y. Kim, 4-M. Kim, 3-J. Kim — 5-Jung, 6-Hwang — 22-Kwon, 25-Jeong, 7-Son  — 9-Cho

  • Injured: none
  • Suspended: Bento

After receiving a red card against Ghana last time out, coach Paulo Bento won’t be on the sidelines for this one.

However, he has an injury-free squad to pick from and so could stick with a similar line-up.

Portugal projected starting 11

(4-1-2-1-2, right to left): 22-Costa (GK) — 2-Dalot, 24-Antonio Silva, 4-Dias, 5-Guerreiro — 18-Neves — 6-Joao Palinha, 14-Carvalho — 10-Bernardo Silva — 9-Andre Silva, 11-Joao Felix

  • Injured: Nuno Mendes, Otavio, Danilo Pereira
  • Suspended: none

Santos will be forced into at least one change, with Nuno Mendes likely out of the remainder of the tournament and Raphael Guerreiro his expected replacement.

If several changes are made as expected, the likes of Diogo DalotAndre Silva and Joao Palinha should benefit. 

MORE: World Cup 2022 Group H: Match schedule, fixtures, times and dates for Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea in Qatar

South Korea vs Portugal World Cup squads

Here are the names on South Korea and Portugal’s World Cup squad lists in Qatar (caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):

South Korea World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Kim Seung-gyu Al Shabab (KSA) 32 66
GK 12 Song Bum-keun Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR) 25 1
GK 21 Jo Hyeon-woo Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 31 22
DEF 19 Kwon Kyung-won Gamba Osaka (JAP) 30 27
DEF 15 Kim Moon-hwan Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR) 27 21
DEF 4 Kim Min-jae Napoli (ITA) 25 44
DEF 19 Kim Young-gwon Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 32 95
DEF 3 Kim Jin-su Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR) 30 61
DEF 23 Kim Taehwan Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 33 18
DEF 2 Yoon Jong-gyu FC Seoul (KOR) 24 3
DEF 24 Cho Yu-min Daejeon (KOR) 25 3
MID 14 Hong Chul Daegu FC (KOR) 32 46
MID 22 Kwon Chang-hoon Gimcheon Sangmu (KOR) 28 41
MID 17 Na Sang-ho FC Seoul (KOR) 26 23
MID 8 Paik Seungho Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR) 25 13
MID 13 Son Jun-ho Shandong Taishan (CHN) 30 14
MID 7 Son Heung-min Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 30 105
MID 26 Son Mink-yu Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR) 23 2
MID 18 Lee Kang-in Mallorca (SPA) 21 5
FWD 10 Lee Jae-sung Mainz 05 (GER) 30 64
FWD 5 Jung Wooyoung Al-Sadd (QAT) 32 66
FWD 25 Jeon Woo-yeong SC Freiburg (GER) 23 9
FWD 6 Hwang In-beom Olympiacos (GRE) 26 37
FWD 11 Hwang Hee-han Wolves (ENG) 26 49
FWD 9 Cho Gue-sung Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR) 24 15
FWD 16 Hwang Ui-jo Olympiacos (GRE) 30 39

Portugal World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Rui Patricio Roma (ITA) 34 104
GK 12 Jose Sa Wolves (ENG) 29 0
GK 22 Diogo Costa Porto (POR) 23 7
DEF 3 Pepe Porto (POR) 39 128
DEF 5 Raphael Guerreiro Borussia Dortmund (GER) 28 56
DEF 2 Diogo Dalot Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
DEF 24 Antonio Silva Benfica (POR) 19 0
DEF 4 Ruben Dias Manchester City (ENG) 25 39
DEF 19 Nuno Mendes PSG (FRA) 20 16
DEF 13 Danilo Pereira PSG (FRA) 31 63
DEF 20 Joao Cancelo Manchester City (ENG) 28 37
MID 25 Otavio Porto (POR) 27 7
MID 6 Joao Palhinha Fulham (ENG) 27 15
MID 8 Bruno Fernandes Manchester United (ENG) 28 48
MID 10 Bernardo Silva Manchester City (ENG) 28 72
MID 23 Matheus Nunes Wolves (ENG) 24 9
MID 14 William Carvalho Real Betis (ESP) 30 75
MID 16 Vitinha PSG (FRA) 22 4
MID 17 Joao Mario Benfica (POR) 29 52
MID 18 Ruben Neves Wolves (ENG) 25 32
FWD 7 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United (ENG) 37 191
FWD 21 Ricardo Horta Braga (POR) 28 5
FWD 15 Rafael Leao AC Milan (ITA) 23 11
FWD 11 Joao Felix Atletico Madrid (SPA) 22 23
FWD 26 Goncalo Ramos Benfica (POR) 21 0
FWD 9 Andre Silva RB Leipzig (GER) 26 51


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