Portugal vs Ghana in Group H World Cup 2022
Portugal vs Ghana in Group H World Cup 2022 – scheduled on Thursday, November 24, will feature the Portugal vs Ghana match.
This duel from Group H World Cup will be held at Stadium 974, Doha, starting at 20.00 WIB, broadcast live by youtube, Vidio and Moji.
Portugal is the most favored team in this group. However, the audience will be enthusiastic to see how the Cristiano Ronaldo issue affects them.
Ahead of the World Cup 2022 Cristiano Ronaldo conducted a controversial interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV. He attacked Manchester United, its coach and owner. On Tuesday, the two parties finally agreed to terminate the contract.
Portuguese players and coaches have taken turns saying that Ronaldo’s case has not affected their focus. However, it will still be tested in this first match.
Portugal, who are Euro 2016 champions, beat Nigeria 4-0 in their final warm-up game before flying to Qatar. The result made their fans somewhat excited after seeing a series of bad performances before that.
But Ghana, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 World Cup, come to Qatar with no less heartbreak. They just beat Switzerland 2-0 in a friendly.
This match in Doha is expected to be fierce because both teams want to immediately reap full points to gain a good position. Their competitors in Group H are Uruguay, whose squad is full of stars, and South Korea, which always looks determined.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos will appear to carry the burden of proof. He has come under pressure from fans after recently being knocked out of the last 16 of Euro 2020.
Ronaldo, 37 years old, emphasized that his team is ready for combat. “The atmosphere in the locker room is great. There’s no problem.”
The five-time Ballon D’Or winner asked the media and society to focus only on the team, not on the controversy surrounding it. “Stop asking about me,” Ronaldo said as quoted by Reuters.
Now Ronaldo is definitely no longer defending Manchester United and he and his team can focus on the World Cup. He is ready to lead Portugal to repeat the success of Euro 2016 where they won the title, especially since the Qatar World Cup is his last chance to lift the World Cup trophy.
Portugal and Ronaldo will now focus on facing Ghana who are strengthened by Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey and Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams.
Coach Otto Addo, who is Ghana’s third manager in the last 12 months, has been looking to rebuild the team after a poor start to 2022’s Africa Cup of Nations. He has now brought in even more European legions in to include Brighton & Hove Albion full-back Tariq Lamptey.
However, both of his main keepers were injured and had to turn to a third option to Lawrence Ati-Zigi who plays at St Gallen in Switzerland.
Ghana won seven of its last eight matches. They have only lost to Brazil in that time.
Estimated Lineup of Players
Portugal (4-3-3): Diogo Costa; Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Ruben Neves, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leao.
Ghana (4-2-3-1): Lawrence Ati Zigi; Tariq Lamptey, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Abdul Rahman Baba; Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed; Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Kudus, Jordan Ayew; Inaki Williams.
Match Tactics and Scenarios
This duel promises to be a match that will be filled with interesting attractions because both of them use pressing and attacking tactics. Portugal installed a 4-3-3 scheme, while Ghana compensated with a 4-2-3-1.
The two teams meet quite often. In the World Cup they have met once, when Ronaldo secured a 2-1 win for the Selecao from the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup.
Portugal still hopes Ronaldo repeats this achievement. The 37-year-old player is likely to be paired with Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao in an attack trio formation.
The three of them will receive support from a midfield filled with William Carvalho, Ruben Neves and Bruno Fernandes. Neves will be more oriented in protecting the back line, while Carvallo and Fernandes will help attack more often.
It was rather difficult for Fernando Santos to field which of Joao Cancelo and Diogo Dalot should start at right-back. But he would be inclined to choose Cancelo to flank centre-back duo Pepe and Ruben Dias, with Raphael Guerreiro on the left
As for the goalkeeper, Diogo Costa is preferred over Rui Patricio, although this is a very difficult choice for coach Fernando Santos.
Ghana coach Nana Akufo Addo is also faced with a difficult choice about who to play from the start. What is clear is that the Black Star coach will not think of benching Thomas Partey, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Alexander Djiku, Andre Ayew and Inaki Williams.
They will all be part of the system a game that adopts a 4-2-3-1 pattern where two defensive midfielders become central in a game like this.
Here, Thomas Partey and Salis Abdul Samed became the axis of the Ghana game. They both become twin anchors that support attack and defense at the same time.
Kamaldeen Sulemana and Jordan Ayew themselves will be put in as attack assistants for spearhead Inaki Williams which also involves Ajax Amsterdam attacking midfielder, Mohammed Kudus.
The goal for Ghana will be guarded by Lawrence Ati Zigi and he himself will get protection from four defenders consisting of right-back Tariq Lamptey, two center-backs Daniel Amartey and Alexander Djiku, and left-back Abdul Rahman Baba.
Important Stats for Both teams
• Portugal vs Ghana have met once in a World Cup setting when they faced each other at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. At that time, John Boye’s own goal and Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal determined Portugal’s 2-1 victory in the group phase.
• Portugal’s best achievement at the World Cup was third place in 1966. Portugal has always reached the finals in the previous five consecutive tournaments and entered the knockout stages three times in 2006, 2010 and 2018.
• Ghana is appearing in its fourth World Cup finals having qualified three times in a row between 2006 and 2014, but failed to qualify four years ago in Russia. They have twice reached the knockout rounds and once finished in the quarter-finals in 2010 which is their best achievement.
• Prior to this, Portugal had met five African teams in the World Cup. The result, three wins, one draw and 1-3 loss against Morocco in 1986.
• Ghana reached the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup thanks to Asamoah Gyan’s last minute penalty but the striker failed to find the net against Uruguay so the Black Stars lost on penalties.
Portugal vs Ghana prediction
This will be an opening match that is not easy for Portugal. In its last few games, Ghana has proven to be very tough defensively.
They also have talented young players up front. Even so, with the material players they have, Portugal is still more favored to win, even though they have to fight hard.
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