Belgium: 4 newcomers in South Korea World Cup game
SAO PAULO (AP) — Belgium is making several changes to its lineup, with four players getting their first taste of the World Cup in a game against South Korea, which made two changes.
Belgium is already through to the second round but will seek at least a draw against South Korea to be sure to win Group H and avoid Germany in the second round and instead play the United States.
South Korea only has an outside chance to advance and replaced goalie Jung Sung-ryong with Kim Seung-gyu. It also benched striker Park Chu-young for Kim Shin-wook.
Belgium kept injured captain Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen out of the team and sidelined yellow-carded Toby Alderweireld and Axel Witsel to make sure they are not suspended for the second round. Playmaker Eden Hazard was also benched.
South Korea: Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Yong, Yun Suk-young, Kim Young-kwon, Hong Jeong-ho, Ki Sung-yeung, Han Kook-young, Son Heung-min, Lee Chung-yong, Koo Ja-cheol, Kim Shin-wook.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Anthony Vanden Borre, Daniel Van Buyten, Nicolas Lombaerts, Jan Vertonghen; Marouane Fellaini, Steven Defour, Moussa Dembele; Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas, Adnan Januzaj.