Januzaj starts against Korea as Belgium ring changes

Sao Paulo (AFP) - Belgium handed Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj his World Cup debut when he was named in a much-changed starting line-up to face South Korea on Thursday.

The 19-year-old was one of seven changes in Marc Wilmots' team, who have already qualified for the knock-out rounds and lie top of Group H.

Januzaj and Everton's Kevin Mirallas were named in attack in place of the benched Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, while Bayern Munich's Daniel Van Buyten is captain in place of the injured Vincent Kompany.

Van Buyten was the only surviving defender from the 1-0 win over Russia with Anthony Vanden Borre, Jan Vertonghen and Nicolas Lombaerts brought into the starting line-up.

In midfield Moussa Dembele and Steven Defour will start with Kevin De Bruyne and Alex Witsel named among the replacements.

South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo sprang a surprise by dropping his favoured striker Park Chu-Young, who has failed to sparkle in their games against Russia and Algeria.


Thibaut Courtois; Anthony Vanden Borre, Daniel Van Buyten, Jan Vertonghen (capt), Nicolas Lombaerts; Moussa Dembele, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini; Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas, Adnan Januzaj

South Korea

Kim Seung-Gyu; Lee Yong, Hong Jeong-Ho, Kim Young-Gwon, Yun Suk-Young; Lee Chung-Yong, Han Kook-Young, Koo Ja-Cheol (capt), Ki Sung-Yueng, Son Heung-Min; Kim Shin-Wook