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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Key occasions

Ghana: It’s troublesome to know what to anticipate from Ghana, who’re outdoors the highest 60 of Fifa’s rankings and had an unspeakably unhealthy African Cup of Nations in January, ending backside of their group with only one level, struggling the humiliation of defeat by the hands of Comoros alongside the best way.

That disastrous exhibiting earned Ghana head coach Milovan Rajevac his P45 and he was changed with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Otto Addo. Still employed by the Bundesliga aspect as a scout, he promptly steered Ghana by a World Cup play-off towards Nigeria. Former Brighton supervisor Chris Hughton, former Dutch worldwide George Boateng and former Nordsjælland coach Mas Dramani are additionally a part of Ghana’s new management construction.

Portugal v Ghana beginning line-ups

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

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.

Unemployed 37 12 months previous begins for Portugal. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal: Coach Fernando Santos says the squad is as built-in as they’ve been in years regardless of the enduring cleaning soap opera. Nick Ames studies from Doha.

Interview: “That’s after I went to speak to my grandfather. I informed him there was an opportunity that I might play for Ghana on the World Cup and what did he assume. He stated right away that he did not have lengthy left to live and he dreamed of his grandson taking part in for Ghana. There was nothing left to consider then.” Sid Lowe discovers finds out what modified the thoughts of an initially reluctant Inaki Williams and satisfied him to declare for Ghana, the nation from which his dad and mom hail and wherein he was conceived.

Portugal’s supervisor speaks: “Winning a match like that is extraordinarily troublesome for any staff, for any nation,” stated Fernando Santos. “You solely want to have a look at these first few video games to see that clearly. I used to be watching the Croatia-Morocco sport simply now, and also you see very even contests.

“That’s as a result of a lot of the gamers are in the identical leagues. Against Ghana, for example, two or three of their gamers are adversaries of Bruno [Fernandes, who was sitting alongside him] in the identical championship. They play for giant groups and are used to the tactical points at play. In the previous you’d see a distinction, however these days you do not, particularly as all of the coaches are of an especially excessive stage.

“We are ready for opponents that can trigger us a variety of issues. Ghana are a really effectively organized staff. Their sport towards Switzerland confirmed that. African groups have a variety of expertise, unpredictability, and are all the time enhancing tactically. Today they’re much extra full groups.”

On the Ronaldo palaver: “Will it take away our focus?” he requested. “No, it will not. I have not even heard the gamers discuss it at any time right here, at coaching, throughout leisure time, after they’re taking part in video games resembling desk soccer, not even Ronaldo himself. Maybe of their rooms they activate the TV, they discuss to their households, they do what they need.

“But what’s vital is the entire focus I see in my gamers and a incredible spirit, very in tune with what they must do, what our objectives are, whereas on the similar time conscious of the difficulties that we’ll face as a result of they’ve a sensible outlook.”

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

Ghana’s supervisor speaks: “We have high quality and may compete,” stated Otto Addo. “We must be courageous and self-confident. We have seen in a number of the upsets that little issues resolve the video games and we count on it to be the identical towards Portugal.”

Asked if he thought the hoopla surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United would affect right now’s sport, Addo had this to say. “”I do not know and to be sincere I do not care. This shouldn’t be our downside and I do not assume it is a huge downside. Everybody needs to win and it doesn’t matter what occurs it is a huge stage a giant sport on the World Cup stage. So I do not assume usually this could disrupt anyone.”

Otto Addo (left) and Andre Ayew spoke to the press at the Qatar National Convention Center yesterday.
Otto Addo (left) and Andre Ayew spoke to the press on the Qatar National Convention Center yesterday. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Today’s match officers

  • Referee: Ismail Elfath

  • Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins and Corey Parker

  • Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart

  • Video Assistant Referee: Armando Villarreal

Ismail Elfath leads today's largely American team of match officials, in which French referee Stephanie Frappart will act as the fourth official.
Ismail Elfath leads right now’s largely American staff of match officers, wherein French referee Stephanie Frappart will act because the fourth official. Photograph: Kieran McManus/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Early staff information

Diogo Jota’s absence from the Portugal squad as a result of a calf harm means staff supervisor Cristiano Ronaldo Fernando Santos is prone to begin Bernardo Silva and considered one of Joao Felix or Rafael Leao up entrance alongside His Lordship, whereas there are issues over the health of PSG left-back Nuno Mendes.

Along with a backroom staff that options Chris Hughton and George Boateng, Otto Addo is believed to don’t have any harm issues and can take care of his beginning XI from a full deck. He can be pressured to decide on an inexperienced goalkeeper after Charlton’s Jojo Wollacott and the South African-based Richard Ofori had been dominated out of this World Cup by harm. Lawrence Ati-Zigi (2), Manaf Nurudeen (2) and Danlad Ibrahim (0), Ghana’s three goalkeepers in Qatar, have simply 4 senior caps between them.

Lawrence Ati-Zigi is one of three goalkeepers in Ghana's World Cup squad who have just four senior international caps between them.
Lawrence Ati-Zigi is considered one of three goalkeepers in Ghana’s World Cup squad who’ve simply 4 senior worldwide caps between them. Photograph: Laurent Gilliéron/EPA

Group H: Portugal v Ghana

Built from transport containers and different fine details, the momentary enviornment that’s Stadium 974 performs host to right now’s Group H encounter between Portugal and Ghana. Much as he would really like it, Cristiano Ronaldo has been dominating the headlines within the build-up to this sport and can be underneath stress to ship within the wake of that interview with that man, an act of insubordination that resulted in him severing ties with Manchester United earlier this week. A massively self-regarding cog in a staff brimful of abilities that usually appear cowed in his presence, it stays to be seen whether or not Ronaldo can be extra assist than hindrance because the staff embarks on this World Cup marketing campaign.

In Qatar on the again of a play-off win towards Nigeria, Otto Addo’s Ghana got here into this match on the again of pleasant wins over Nicaragua and Switzerland, which got here within the wake of a 3-0 defeat by the hands of Brazil. There is a suggestion that Addo doesn’t know his finest aspect, however acquired a lift in September when Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey, who qualifies for the Black Stars by his father, determined to declare for Ghana.

Lamptey joins his fellow Premier League gamers Mohammad Salisu (Southampton), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) and Thomas Partey (Arsenal) and Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) within the Ghana squad. Like Lamptey, Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams additionally declared for Ghana in current months on the behest of his grandfather and numerous Ghanaian officers. The striker’s dad and mom crossed the Sahara searching for a brand new life in Spain when “Kweku” was nonetheless in his mom’s womb. Interestingly, Inaki’s youthful brother Nico got here on as a sub for Spain of their demolition of Costa Rica yesterday.

Anyway, sufficient introductory chat – kick-off in Doha is at 4pm (GMT) however keep tuned within the meantime for staff information and build-up.

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