Cristiano and co. take on North Korea knowing that nothing less than a win will do.
Deco has been ruled out for Portugal after he twisted his hip in training.
Tiago is likely to be drafted in and coach Carlos Queiroz is also expected to pick Simao in place of Danny, who was ineffectual in the match with the Ivory Coast.
North Korea could stick with the same side that impressed in their opening game with Brazil.
There has been no official confirmation whether the players that were listed as absent from the substitute’s bench in that game will be selected. (BBC Sport)
Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to get into gear against weak opposition but the Real Madrid man may well find that his Portugal side could find it hard to break down a determined North Korea side. After seeing Brazil beat Ivory Coast Carlos Queiroz will know that nothing less than a victory will do from this Cape Town encounter.
This is of course a repeat of that classic 1966 World Cup Quarter Final when Eusebio helped his side come back from three goals down against the plucky Koreans and given the manner in which they performed against Brazil perhaps Kim Jong-Hun can inspire his side to another great result?
Highlights of previous World Cup group matches these two have taken part in.
Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal
Brazil 2-1 North Korea