Llorente surprised by plaudits

The powerful striker replaced the misfiring Fernando Torres shortly after half time in Cape Town and succeeded in causing chaos amongst the Portugal defenders where Torres, who has recently returned from a knee surgery, had failed.

Llorente's performance, in which he twice came close to scoring and was involved in the build-up to David Villa's winning goal, has prompted debate about whether coach Vicente del Bosque should deploy him from the start.

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