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On November 24, Portugal and Ghana kick off their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign when they meet in their opening match
The lowest-rated team in the competition, Ghana, will be Portugal’s first Group H opponents. Portugal, one of the most anticipated European teams to win in Qatar, will go into action amid the controversy between Cristiano Ronaldo and his club Manchester United, who have asked CR7 not to return to training after the end of their World Cup campaign . The team around manager Otto Addo has seen a lot of changes lately, so they can offer something unexpected.
The 2016 European champions are forecast to have an easy opener against the 61st place in the latest FIFA world rankings, as Fernando Santos has an incredibly talented side. Portugal is a well-known football nation. Despite this, they have only made it to the World Cup semi-finals twice, in 1966 and 2006. They have lost in the round of 16 in four of their last five tournaments. Ronaldo, who may be playing his last World Cup, would like to change it this time.
Despite celebrating a confidence win over Switzerland in Abu Dhabi last week, Ghana go into the World Cup in inconsistent form. If Ghana are to overcome a defense that has conceded just two goals in their last seven games, they will need to put on their sharpest shooting shoes.
The group match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Ghana and Portugal was the only encounter between the teams before that. After Asamoah Gyan’s equalizer 10 minutes from time canceled out John Boye’s own goal after half an hour, the game ended in a 2-1 win for Ghana.
Neither team has injuries to worry about. Veteran winger Andre Ayew will lead the attack for Ghana, who will also look forward to Mohammed Kudus’ performance in the game. The veteran midfielder won’t be fazed by the aura of Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks set to be Portugal’s shining star in the game. At the same time, AC Milan striker Rafael Leao will be a great new talent to look forward to.
The match between Portugal and Ghana will take place on November 24 at 21:30 (Indian time) at 974 Stadium in Doha.
The Portugal vs Ghana game will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India and the Jio Cinema app and website both offer free live streaming of the event.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup was difficult for bigger teams as both Argentina and Germany lost their opening games to underdogs Saudi Arabia and Japan respectively. Portugal will be cautious and settle for a cautious 2-0 win.
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