Portugal v Ghana: World Cup 2022 live | World Cup 2022

1 min: Cristiano Ronaldo gets the ball rolling for Portugal, their players wearing red and green shirts, olive green shorts and red socks. The players of Ghana are a vision in all white kit. Game on!

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Portugal: Diogo Costa, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Ghana: Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Abdul-Rahman Baba, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Mohammed Salisu, Alidu Seidu, Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed, Mohammed Kudus, Andre Ayew, Inaki Williams.

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Built from shipping containers and other bits and bobs, the temporary arena that is Stadium 974 plays host to today’s Group H encounter between Portugal and Ghana. Much as he would like it, Cristiano Ronaldo has been dominating the headlines in the build-up to this game and will be under pressure to deliver in the wake of that interview with that man, an act of insubordation that resulted in him severing ties with Manchester United earlier this week. A massively self-regarding cog in a team brimful of talents that often seem cowed in his presence, it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will be more help than hindrance as team embark on this World Cup campaign.

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In Qatar on the back of a play-off win against Nigeria, Otto Addo’s Ghana come into this tournament on the back of friendly wins over Nicuragua and Switzerland, which came in the wake of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil. There is a suggestion that Addo doesn’t know his best side, but received a boost in September when Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey, who qualifies for the Black Stars through his father, decided to declare for Ghana.

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Lamptey joins his fellow Premier League players Mohammad Salisu (Southampton), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) and Thomas Partey (Arsenal) and Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) in the Ghana squad. Like Lamptey, Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams also declared for Ghana in recent months at the behest of his grandad and various Ghanaian officials. The striker’s parents crossed the Sahara in search of a new life in Spain when “Kweku” was still in his mother’s womb. Interestingly, Inaki’s younger brother Nico came on as a sub for Spain in their demolition of Costa Rica yesterday.

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Anyway, enough introductory chat – kick-off in Doha is at 4pm (GMT) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Key events

7 min: Portugal continue to enjoy most of the possession of the ball, but have not yet created anything that could create a scoring chance. For their part, Ghana is the fifth and last African team to play in this tournament and are looking to be the first to score. Kudus crosses from the left into Portugal’s box, but Diogo Costa moves quickly out of his line to collect the ball.

5 minutes: Ghana right-back Alidou Seydou takes a throw-in in the half of their own half of the field, but his team quickly recovers the ball thanks to an inappropriate pass from Daniel Amarti. Portugal predominate in these early stages. Now Mohammad Kudus gives the ball away, allowing Ruben Neves to shoot. He’s blocked.

Ruben Neves has an effort on goal.
Ruben Neves has an effort on goal. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

3 min: Ghana lined up 5-3-2 and Portugal They play in a 4-3-3 formation. The European team won the first corner after good work from Rafael Guerreiro on the left flank. Inwinger shoots straight at the near post and rebounds beautifully on Octavio, who lands a shot wide of the target.

2 minutes: Portugal kicks the ball back and forth until Ronaldo hits hard and misses a free kick trying to win the ball back from the halfway line. Mohammed Salisu sends the ball forward and the ball flies straight to the edge of the Portugal penalty area.

Portugal vs Ghana goes…

1 minute: Cristiano Ronaldo takes over Portugal, their players in red and green jerseys, olive green shorts and red socks. The Ghana players are a vision in all white. The game has begun!

Not long, now: Teams emerge from the tunnel following US referee Ismail Elpat and his team of match officials. Auditioning for a new club, now that he’s officially “unaffiliated”, Cristiano Ronaldo brings out Portugal. André Ayew wears the captain’s armband of Ghana. It’s time for the national anthems.

Portugal players line up during the playing of the national anthems.
Portugal players line up during the playing of the national anthems. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Ghana: It’s hard to know what to expect from Ghana, which is not in the FIFA top 60 and had an unspeakably bad African Cup of Nations in January, finishing bottom of its group by just one point, having endured the humiliation of defeat at the hands of the Comoros along the way.

This disastrous result brought Ghana head coach Milovan Radevac to 45th place and was replaced by former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Otto Addo. Still hired by the Bundesliga team as a scout, he quickly got Ghana through world Cup playoffs against Nigeria. Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton, former Netherlands international George Boateng and former Nordsjælland manager Mas Dramani are also part of Ghana’s new leadership structure.

Portugal v Ghana: starting lineups

Portugal: Diogo Costa, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Ruben Diaz, Rafael Guerreiro, Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ghana: Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Abdul-Rahman Baba, Daniel Amartei, Alexander Jiku, Mohammed Salisou, Alidu Seydoux, Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed, Mohammed Kudus, André Ayew, Inaki Williams.

An unemployed 37-year-old runs for Portugal.
An unemployed 37-year-old runs for Portugal. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal: Coach Fernando Santos says the team is as integrated as it has been in years, despite the long soap opera. Nick Ames reports from Doha.

Interview: “It was then that I went to talk to my grandfather. I told him that I have a chance to play for Ghana on world Cup and what he thought. He immediately said that he did not have long to live and he dreams of his grandson playing for Ghana. Then there was nothing to think about. Sid Low learns that he changed the mind of the initially reluctant Inaki Williams and convinced him to declare himself Ghana, the country his parents are from and where he was conceived.

Portugal manager says: “Winning a tournament like this is extremely difficult for any team, for any country,” said Fernando Santos. “You only have to look at those first few games to see it clearly. I just watched the Croatia-Morocco game and you see very close fights.

“That’s because most of the players are in the same leagues. In a match against Ghana, for example, two or three of their players are Bruno’s opponents. [Fernandes, who was sitting alongside him] in the same league. They play for big teams and are used to the tactical aspects of the game. Previously, you would have seen the difference, but now you can’t, especially since all the coaches are of a very high level.

“We are ready for opponents who will give us a lot of problems. Ghana is a very well organized team. Their game against Switzerland showed it. African teams have great talent, unpredictability and are constantly improving tactically. Today, they are much more complete teams.”

On talking to Ronaldo: “Will it divert our attention?” he asked. “No, it will not. I have not even heard the players ever talk about it here in training, in their free time when they played games like table football, not even Ronaldo himself. Maybe in their rooms they turn on the TV, talk to their families, do whatever they want.

“But what is important is the total focus that I see in my players, and a fantastic spirit, very in tune with what they have to do, what our goals are, and at the same time aware of the difficulties that we will face, because they have a realistic look.”

Portugal boss Fernando Santos (left) and Bruno Fernandes at yesterday's press conference.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos (left) and Bruno Fernandes at yesterday’s press conference. Photo: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Ghana manager says: “We have quality and we can compete,” said Otto Addo. “We have to be brave and confident. We’ve seen in some upsets that it’s the little things that decide the outcome of the game, and we expect the same to happen against them. Portugal“.

Asked if he thinks the hype surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United will affect today’s game, Addo replied as follows. “I don’t know, and to be honest, I don’t care. It’s not our problem and I don’t think it’s a big problem. Everyone wants to win, and whatever happens, it’s a big stage, a big game on the world Cup level. So I don’t think it usually upsets anyone.”

Yesterday, Otto Addo (left) and André Ayew spoke to the press at the Qatar National Convention Center.
Yesterday, Otto Addo (left) and André Ayew spoke to the press at the Qatar National Convention Center. Photo: Ali Haider/EPA

Match officials today

  • Referee: Ismail Elfat

  • Assistant judges: Kyle Atkins and Corey Parker

  • Fourth official: Stephanie Frappart

  • Video Assistant Referee: Armando Villarreal

Ismail Elfat leads today's team of match officials, mostly American, with French referee Stephanie Frappart as fourth official.
Ismail Elfat leads today’s team of match officials, mostly American, with French referee Stephanie Frappart as fourth official. Photo: Kieran McManus/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Team early news

The absence of Diogo Jota Portugal team due to calf injury means team manager Cristiano Ronaldo Fernando Santos is likely to release Bernardo Silva and one of Joao Felix or Rafael Leao along with His Lordship, while there are concerns about the suitability of PSG left-back Nuno Mendes.

Along with a backstage team that includes Chris Houghton and George Boateng, Otto Addo is believed to have no injury issues and will turn in his starting XI from a full deck. He will be forced to select an inexperienced goalkeeper after Charlton’s Jojo Wollacott and South Africa’s Richard Ofori were ruled out of this game. world Cup through trauma. Lawrence Ati-Zigi (2), Manaf Nurudin (2) and Danlad Ibrahim (0), the three goalkeepers for Ghana in Qatar, have only played four senior games.

Lawrence Ati-Zigi is one of three goalkeepers for Ghana at the World Cup who have only four caps to their name.
Lawrence Ati-Zigi is one of three goalkeepers for Ghana at the World Cup who have only four caps to their name. Photo: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Group H: Portugal v Ghana

The 974 Stadium, built from shipping containers and other bits and pieces, hosts today’s Group H game between Portugal and Ghana. As much as he would like it, Cristiano Ronaldo dominates the headlines ahead of this game, and after what interview with what man, an act of defiance that saw him cut ties with Manchester United earlier this week. An extremely opinionated cog in a team full of talent who often seem intimidated in his presence, it remains to be seen if Ronaldo will be more of a help than a hindrance when the team gets down to it. world Cup campaign.

In Qatar, after beating Nigeria in the playoffs, Ghana Otto Addo qualified for the tournament thanks to friendly wins over Nicuragua and Switzerland, which followed a 3-0 loss to Brazil. There is speculation that Addo doesn’t know his best, but he received a boost in September when Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey, who qualified for the Black Stars thanks to his father, decided to sign up for Ghana.

Lamptey joins fellow Premier League players Mohammad Salis (Southampton), Daniel Amarthy (Leicester City), Thomas Partey (Arsenal) and Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) in the Ghana squad. Like Lamptey, Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams also announced for Ghana in recent months at the behest of his grandfather and various Ghanaian officials. The striker’s parents crossed the Sahara in search of a new life in Spain when Kweku was still in the womb. Interestingly, yesterday, Inaki’s younger brother, Nico, came on as a substitute in the Spanish national team that defeated Costa Rica.

In any case, the opening talk will suffice – the match kicks off in Doha at 16:00 (GMT), but in the meantime, stay tuned for the team’s news and preparations.

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