After tears, South Korea turns its back on Portugal

After tears, South Korea turns its back on Portugal

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First place is not guaranteed,” coach Fernando Santos said on Monday. “We will go for the top spot, and not just because of Brazil.”

Santos are likely to be forced to make further changes to their starting 11 after left-back Nuno Mendes picked up a first-half injury against Uruguay and was replaced by Rafael Guerreiro.

Center half Danilo Pereira has been sidelined with broken ribs, so 39-year-old defender Pepe has been tasked with keeping his place and marking South Korean striker Cho Gyu-sung, who scored twice in three minutes against Ghana. scored a goal.

Midfielder Otavio also missed the game against Uruguay due to injury.

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo will have the chance to equal the World Cup goalscoring record for Portugal set by Eusébio, who scored nine goals in the only tournament he played in England in 1966.

Ronaldo has scored eight goals in his five World Cup appearances and scored his ninth in Monday’s win over Uruguay, only to concede the goal to teammate Bruno Fernandes.

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