From the coach’s corner Fernando Santos, Portugal “What can this team achieve? I have a very simple answer to that: the world title. I think it’s possible and so do my players, so that’s what this team can achieve. ” Otto Addo, Ghana “Picking a team for the Portugal game won’t be easy, but that’s what I wanted. In a tournament like this it’s very important to have 26 players on whom you can rely. ” PREVIEW (via Reuters)Portugal will be keen to let its football do the talking when it faces Ghana in its World Cup opener on Thursday amid controversy over Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about Manchester United and tensions between the squad and the media. Euro 2016 champion Portugal hammered Nigeria 4-0 in its last warm-up match before flying to Qatar, offering some encouragement to its fans after a poor run of form.
PREDICTED XI Portugal Costa (GK), Dias, Cancelo, Pepe, Mendes, Neves, Fernandes, Carvalho, Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Leao Ghana Ati Zigi (GK), Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Baba, Partey, Abdul Samed A. Ayew, Kudus, J. Ayew, Williams But Ghana - which reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010 - arrived on the Arabian Peninsula with wind in its sails too after beating Switzerland 2-0 in a friendly. The match at the 974 Stadium in Doha gives the sides the chance to lay down an early marker in Group H, which also includes Uruguay and South Korea. Portugal coach Fernando Santos has come under pressure from local media and fans following recent disappointments - including a last-16 Euros exit last year.
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Ronaldo starts! LINEUPS! Portugal (4-3-3) Diogo Costa, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo Ghana (3-6-1) 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 Records on offer for Cristiano Ronaldo ⦿ He could become the first-ever player to score at five World Cups ⦿ He could also became the second-oldest goal scorer at World Cup at the age of 37 years Form Guide: Portugal - WLWLW, Ghana - LWLWWCalm before the storm - Stadium 974, venue of the match.
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Ronaldo starts: Portugal vs Ghana LIVE score, FIFA World Cup; lineups outWelcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Portugal vs Ghana FIFA World Cup Group H game. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolds at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar. Ghana returns to World Cup after eight years - It will be its fourth appearance at the showpiece event but for the first time, the Black Stars will play without Asamoah Gyan, the scorer of six of its 13 World Cup goals. Welcome back to World Cup football, Ghana fans! Ghana fans at Stadium 974 prior to the Group H opener against Portugal.
There is also talk of tension in the squad and worries among fans that the team is too focused on serving captain Ronaldo, who at 37 is past his prime. “The environment in the changing room is excellent. No problems, ” five-times Ballon D’Or winner Ronaldo said on Monday. “The group is shielded. And I take this opportunity to say: stop asking about me. ” But the chances of Ronaldo stepping out of the spotlight look slim in the wake of an explosive TV interview in which he said he had been betrayed by Manchester United, prompting speculation that he will soon leave the club.
He led Portugal to triumph at Euro 2016 but World Cup glory has eluded him and Qatar represents his last chance. Some fans say the time has already come for Ronaldo to step aside and let talent such as fellow Manchester United players Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo take centre stage. Lining up against them for Ghana are likely to be Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey and Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams. Coach Otto Addo, Ghana’s third manager in 12 months, has sought to rebuild the team after a disastrous showing at the Cup of Nations in early 2022, bringing in more European-born players such as Brighton & Hove Albion wingback Tariq Lamptey.