Ghana will be eager to put their best foot forward to stop Ronaldo’s Portugal winning a third trophy in six years.
Who: Portugal vs Ghana, Group H
Where: Stadium 974
When: Thursday, 24 November, 7pm (16:00GMT)
FIFA Ranking: Portugal (9), Ghana (61)
for all his off-the-pitch Issues at Manchester United And his powers declining with age, Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, remains one of the best players to ever play the game.
Portugal’s record goalscorer has had a poor season but he will be keen to serve up a World Cup to remember, as it could be his swansong performance on the global stage. Never mind that he is fond of regularly silencing his critics, especially on big occasions.
Argentina’s defeat to Saudi Arabia, captained by archrival Lionel Messi, is a big incentive for Ronaldo to push his team as far as possible in this tournament for the sake of his legacy and to get one over his opponent. can work as.
a supporting cast Fellow legend Pepe, AC Milan wonderkid Rafael Leao and midfielders Vitinha and Bruno Fernandes, along with a host of other stars, will be on hand to help the team’s efforts towards winning the World Cup for the first time.
Fullback Joao Cancelo, who can play on both flanks and is known for his excellent delivery of crosses with the outside of his foot, will be behind them, looking to create magic from the defence.
if they get away as a win trophyAfter the European Championship (2016) and Nations League (2019) trophies, this would be the third in a set of spectacular performances in six years.
But first they will face Ghana, whom they beat 2-1 in the 2014 World Cup.
Ajax star forward Mohamed Qudus and Arsenal’s defensive midfield lynchpin Thomas Partey will lead a revenge mission hoping to clip the wings of Ronaldo and co.
Despite being ranked 61st globally by FIFA, black stars Ghana – as they are known – have a reputation for performing well time and time again in FIFA age-grade competitions.
They will be eager to translate that youth success into this World Cup and advance to the quarter-finals as they did in 2010or even further.
The Ghanaians secured qualification for Qatar 2022 after a disastrous performance at the African Cup of Nations in January – their fourth appearance – over rivals Nigeria and Comoros due to the away goals rule.
fans will be hoping for a reversal of fortune in the Middle East.
Their manager Otto Addo will be able to rely on the experience of ex-Newcastle manager Chris Houghton in his backroom to mount a good challenge.
And if they can suppress what is on paper with one of the most potent attacks in world football, they can also hope to prevent Uruguay and South Korea – the other two sides in their group – from causing any hindrance in subsequent matches. can remove.