Portugal and Ghana’s last meeting15:44, Marc MayoIn fact, their only meeting came at the 2014 World Cup group stage as Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 50th national goal to win the game late on. Not a huge celebration though, as both teams were knocked out with the result! Ghana out to represent Africa15:38, Marc MayoEven with a couple of promising draws to their name, the four African teams to have played before Ghana at this World Cup are yet to score... Will that change this evening? Warm-ups underway15:32, Marc MayoWe’re just half an hour away from kick-off in Doha! (Getty Images)Why is it called Stadium 974? 15:27, Marc MayoWith 974 recycled shipping containers making up its construction, today’s venue is said to be the first reusable World Cup stadium.
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GGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Portugal 3-2 Ghana | Bukari17:46, Marc Mayo89 mins: THEY COULDN’T, COULD THEY!? Rahman does very well down the left and a good cross is headed home! (REUTERS)17:45, Marc Mayo88 mins: Ronaldo, Felix and Silva come off for Portugal. Palhinha, Mario and Ramos are introduced to see out the game. 17:43, Marc Mayo85 mins: Portugal happy to sit back and let Ghana enjoy some fairly fruitless possession now.
17:33, Marc Mayo75 mins: That goal has shocked Portugal. A fine bit of play from Ghana and they are only 15 minutes away from a real confidence-boosting point. But can anyone find a winner? GGGOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Portugal 1-1 Ghana | Ayew17:30, Marc Mayo72 mins: ALL SQUARE! Guess who? Kudus with the fine run down the left, a simple cut-back and Ayew buries it! Ghana score Africa’s first goal at the 2022 World Cup. 17:29, Marc Mayo72 mins: Kudus almost catches Costa out! Ghana’s star man today unleashes a fine hit from outside the box and the goalkeeper gathers it at the second attempt.
CLOSE! 17:13, Marc Mayo55 mins: Ronaldo finds space down the left but cannot threaten the goalkeeper before Ghana break. It’s that man Kudus looking threatening and he rifles a shot from 25 yards only just wide! Otavio off for Carvalho. 17:11, Marc Mayo53 mins: Cancelo is mystified at how he hasn’t won a foul off Kudus on the edge of the box yet Ghana don’t care as they attack, Kudus winning a corner. The Black Stars fans behind the goal raise their voices for Rahman’s delivery and Portugal do well to clear before Seidu slashes a long-range hit wide.
PENALTY PORTUGAL! 17:19, Marc Mayo62 mins: Ronaldo hits the deck! That looked soft... 17:18, Marc Mayo60 mins: Portugal are gifted the ball in the D but a lax pass from Silva sees Portugal go wanting again! It’s just not landing for the Selecao and they aren’t doing themselves many favours. (AFP via Getty Images)17:15, Marc Mayo57 mins: Booking number three for Ghana as Seidu goes through the back of Felix. Not the biggest of challenges and the Black Stars are unhappy, with a bit of a kerfuffle afterwards! Ghana players were quick to pull the defender away as he went head-to-head with Felix.
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16:07, Marc Mayo6 mins: Felix runs in behind and nutmegs Amartey before Partey puts a good foot in. Neves then nicks the ball back after Ghana try and pass it out a bit too much, slamming a shot into a defender. (REUTERS)16:05, Marc Mayo4 mins: The full-backs are very high in possession for Portugal and Cancelo puts a first cross in from the left but cannot steer it into the box, and a corner is given. Guerreiro’s ball in lands to Otavio on the edge of the box and he drags a shot well wide. 16:02, Marc Mayo2 mins: Ghana as expected start with a flat back fine, Ayew joining Williams in pressing from the front. The first pass into Ronaldo sees him trip Reading left-back Rahman to concede a free-kick.
Kick-off! 16:00, Marc MayoAfter Ronaldo and Ayew oversee the coin toss, with referee Ismail Elfath of MLS we kick off! PS. Apology to the historians following us, as of course the 1400s was Portugal’s golden age of exploration. Anyway, on with the game... The national anthems play out15:56, Marc MayoSomething about ‘A Portuguesa’ just makes me want to hop on a boat in the 1600s and go exploring the Atlantic. ‘God Bless Our Homeland Ghana’ follows. Here come the players! 15:53, Marc MayoIt’s time for the third game of the day as Portugal and Ghana get their World Cup campaigns underway. Cristiano Ronaldo leads out the Selecao ahead of playing in his fifth World Cup - a very exclusive club of only five other players, The atmosphere is building! 15:48, Marc MayoSome great fans in the stadium ready for this one.
That means there are plans to take it down and build it back up again in Uruguay if they win their bid to host the 2030 tournament. Furthermore, 974 is Qatar’s international dialling code. The more you know! (REUTERS)All eyes on No7 for Portugal15:22, Marc MayoPortugal boss Fernando Santos has insisted that the saga surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s club future will not impact his team at the World Cup. “It hasn’t even been discussed, ” said Santos. “The conversation hasn’t come up at any moment. If the players are talking about that in their rooms alone, I can’t say. “They can do what they want, but the important thing is that they are absolutely focused and realistic about the challenges they are facing.
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