08:00 PM IST: Welcome to the live blog of Portugal vs Ghana, FIFA World Cup 2022 group H match in Qatar.
Considering Portugal‘s team riches, this World Cup will be different, and they should be compared to other major nations. However, because there is less debate about Portugal and their superstar has taken the headlines, Manchester United announced yesterday that they had terminated Ronaldo’s contract on a mutual basis after his shocking interview. However, this should not hide the fact that Portugal will be a bit surprising in this tournament.
Portugal form (all competition): W-L-W-L-W-W
Ghana form (all competition): W-W-L-D-W-D
Players to watch
The AC Milan attacker has been a revelation this season, with his blistering pace and conviction in taking on defenders making him a terrific left-flank player. Portugal seems to have a lot of fresh talent, and Leo will be eager to present his expertise. He is tall and quick, and his footwork makes his job simple. He’ll be ready to impress in his World Cup debut.
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Ayew, one of Ghana’s oldest players, will be a threat on the flank; despite being in his 30s, he still has plenty of quickness and will be bestriding pushing forward. Ghana’s expectations will be on him, as he is one of the prominent factors which has the ability to influence the outcome of the game.
Portugal predicted XI (4-3-3):
Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Mendes; Neves, Carvalho, Fernandes; Silva, Ronaldo, Leao.
Ghana predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
Ati-Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Partey, Samed; Sulemana, Kudus, J. Ayew; A. Ayew.
Other nations must not underestimate Portugal’s squad; this time, they are one of the better sides, with highly great players, but the team has yet to play as a unit. Hence the results have been dismal thus far. Once Portugal has identified a perfect blend, they can go all the way in this competition.
If Ghana is looking for guidance, they could watch Saudi Arabia play Argentina; the statistics can be overturned here, and no nation can be ruled out. Ghana has performed admirably in recent matches but will struggle to contend with Portugal’s accomplished side.
Prediction: Portugal 3-0 Ghana