On November 24, Portugal will play against Ghana, an African powerhouse, in an effort to start their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign off well. As they try to establish their domination over the opposition, Cristiano Ronaldo and his team will be the center of attention. Additionally, Ronaldo’s recent interview, which upset Manchester United’s management, will be his first game since that time. Here is the critical matchup’s preview, predictions, team, and everything else you need to know, with Ghana going for an upset.
Portugal Form at FIFA WC 2022
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has experienced numerous World Cup defeats, is eager to see Portugal finally take home the trophy. Despite being a well-known footballing nation, Portugal has only twice reached the World Cup semifinals (1966 and 2006), and in four of their last five championships, they haven’t gone past the round of 16. The 2018 World Cup finals in Russia saw the A Selecao lose to fellow Group H opponents Uruguay in the round of 16, and they had only been successful in winning three of their previous 11 matches there. However, by thrashing Nigeria 4-0 previously, they did a superb job of preparation for the competition. Fast starts have not been a recurring pattern for Portugal at the World Cup as Santos’ team has struggled to win any of their last three opening contests on the largest international platform. If Ghana is to get past a Portuguese defense that has only given up two goals in their last seven games, they will need to put on their best shooting boots.
Ghana Form in QATAR
Group H is the target for Ghana. Ghana is preparing for its fourth World Cup appearance since 2006 while Uruguay has been patiently waiting to prevent the Black Stars from reaching the semifinals. The African nation has only ever experienced a group stage elimination. The two sides will pick up the war on December 2. The Black Stars also dropped all three of their matches at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, prior to Otto Addo taking over as manager of the Ghana football team. Ghana had won seven of their previous eight games in all competitions going into the World Cup, keeping clean sheets in all of those triumphs, and only losing to Brazil during that stretch. In a friendly match last week, they also impressively defeated Switzerland 2-0.
Portugal vs. Ghana Head-to-Head
Portugal and Ghana are not strangers at this level of soccer. Ronaldo’s role in the A Selecao’s 2-1 victory over the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup demonstrated his ability to generate headlines for the right reasons again. Ronaldo would benefit from a similar performance in Qatar.
When is the match?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Match 15 between Portugal and Ghana will take place on Thursday, November 24, at 9:30 PM IST at the Stadium 974 in Doha. FIFA World Cup 2022 Match 15 between Portugal and Ghana will be shown on Fox Sports, Telemundo in Qatar, Viacom 18 (Sports 18) in India, BBC and ITV in England, Fox and Telemundo in the United States, and SBS in Australia.
Costa; Cancelo; Pepe; Dias; Guerreiro; Neves; Carvalho; Fernandes; B. Silva; Ronaldo; Leao are some lineup predictions for Portugal.
Starting lineup options for Ghana include Ati Zigi, Lamptey, Amartey, Djiku, Baba, Partey, Abdul Samed, Sulemana, Kudus, and J. Ayew.
Portugal vs Ghana Squad list
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Diogo Costa (Porto), and Jose Sa (Wolves) (Roma)
Defenders: Diogo Dalot of Manchester United, Joao Cancelo of Manchester City, Danilo Pereira of PSG, Pepe of Porto, Ruben Dias of Manchester City, Antonio Silva of Benfica, Nuno Mendes of PSG, and Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Joao Palhinha of Fulham, Ruben Neves of Wolves, Bernardo Silva of Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United, Joao Mario of Benfica, Matheus Nunes of Wolves, Otavio Monteiro of Porto, Vitinha of PSG, and William Carvalho of Fulham are all midfielders (Real Betis)
Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati Zigi, Danlad Ibrahim, and Manaf Nurudeen (both for Eupen and Asante Kotoko) (St Gallen)
Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Mohammed Salisu, Alidu Seidu, Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Denis Odoi (Fulham), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), and Alidu Seidu (Clermont) (Southampton) Abdul-Rahman Baba Gideon Mensah (Reading) (Auxerre)
Midfielders include Daniel Kofi Kyereh (Ajax), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Elisha Owusu (Gent), and Andre Ayew (Al-Sadd) (Freiburg)
Forwards include Daniel Barnieh Afriyie of Hearts of Oak, Kamal Sowah of Club Brugge, Isahaku Abdul Fatawu of Sporting Lisbon, Osman Bukari of Red Star Belgrade, Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao, Antoine Semenyo of Bristol City, and Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace. Kamaldeen Sulemana is a defender (Rennes)