#WC2018: Moutinho out sick as Portugal make three changes for Iran

Monday, June 25, 2018

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SARANSK, Russia (AFP) — Portugal coach Fernando Santos drafted in Adrien Silva for the flu-ridden Joao Moutinho in central midfield for today's pivotal World Cup group game against Iran.

Moutinho had missed training in the build-up to the match in Saransk because of the illness, and his absence is one of three changes from the team that beat Morocco 1-0.
Andre Silva and Ricardo Quaresma were handed starts at the expense of Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes, with Portugal needing a point to secure a berth in the last 16.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz recalled Alireza Jahanbakhsh in place of Karim Ansarifard in the lone change to the side beaten 1-0 by Spain.

Jahanbakhsh was the leading scorer in the Dutch first division this season.
Iran needs a win over Queiroz's native Portugal to reach the latter stages of a World Cup for the first time.

Starting line-ups for the World Cup match between Portugal and Iran in Group B in Saransk on Monday (1800 GMT kick-off):

Portugal (4-4-2)

Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro; Adrien Silva, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Ricardo Quaresma; Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo (capt)
Coach: Fernando Santos (POR)

Iran (4-5-1)

Ali Beiranvand; Ramin Rezaeian, Morteza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini, Ehsan Haji Safi (capt); Saeid Ezatolahi, Omid Ebrahimi, Vahid Amiri, Mehdi Taremi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh; Sardar Azmoun
Coach: Carlos Queiroz (POR)
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

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