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

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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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.

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 play-offs, 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 team news and preparations.

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