June 5, 2019 / 6:23 PM / 15 days ago

Portugal hand debut to teenager Joao Felix

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Quarter Final First Leg - Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - April 11, 2019 Benfica's Joao Felix celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

PORTO (Reuters) - European champions Portugal handed teenager Joao Felix his international debut for their Nations League semi-final against Switzerland on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Benfica player, being closely observed by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, will partner 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

Otherwise, the side was largely as expected with Bernardo Silva likely to play just behind the front two and veteran Pepe at the heart of the defence.

Switzerland made three changes to the side which drew 3-3 against Denmark in March as Fabian Schaer, Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic — who plays his club football in Portugal with Benfica — returned to the team.

Teams:

Portugal: 1-Rui Patricio; 20-Nelson Semedo, 3-Pepe, 4-Ruben Dias, 5-Raphael Guerreiro; 14-William Carvalho, 18-Ruben Neves, 10-Bernardo Silva, 16-Bruno Fernandes; 23-Joao Felix, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo

Switzerland: 1-Yann Sommer; 2-Kevin Mbabu, 22-Fabian Schaer, 5-Manuel Akanji, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez; 10-Granit Xhaka, 8-Remo Freuler, 17-Denis Zakaria, 14-Steven Zuber; 23-Xherdan Shaqiri, 9-Haris Seferovic

Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis

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