Portugal vs Ghana live game updates and result: Ronaldo goal ruled out for foul, still goalless

November 24, 2022 at 11:46 a.m European daylight saving time

Two minutes of stoppage time…

Hard to say if that’s a compliment for how long the ball has been in play. Or the opposite, as Portugal didn’t do much with their 70% possession…

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 11:44 a.m European daylight saving time

Fine-voiced Ghana fans but still no shot on goal

Two corners mean Ghana ‘beat’ Costa Rica’s performance yesterday, but most of the time they had their backs to the wall. The 5-3-2 repels most Portuguese attacks, most of which have resorted to outside crosses.

But they might not be able to keep it up for more than 90 minutes.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 11:32 a.m European daylight saving time

Ronaldo scores…but it’s a foul

The Portugal captain is not happy to have his 8th World Cup goal (and second against Ghana) chalked up.

Neat finish mind you. One of the best he’s done this season.

Just after half an hour.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 11:24 a.m European daylight saving time

Portugal’s front three is a bit lacking…

Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Bernando Silva are all forwards who would benefit from playing a solid presence that could occupy the opposition’s last line of defence. This is a front three that should have enough goals to get out of Group H but there will be moments when the team will miss the injured Diogo Jota.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 11:14 a.m European daylight saving time

Another chance for Ronaldo

The 37-year-old hasn’t had the best attacking luck with his feet but he remains one of the world’s best midair strikers. He heads just wide from a few yards.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 11:13 a.m European daylight saving time

Portugal dominates possession

By the 10-minute mark, possession rates for Portugal hit 76% as they capitalize on a poor Ghanaian attempt to back up and feed Ronaldo. A heavy first touch from the forward leads to a save from goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi but this game is starting to take on a siege mentality.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 11:04 a.m European daylight saving time

Ghana’s off-ball form

In the pre-game graphics, Otto Addo’s side were 5-4-1, but Andrew Ayew pushes forward to help Inaki Williams put too much pressure on Portugal when Ghana are without the ball.

Before Addo’s arrival, Ghana would try to defend in a 4-1-4-1. The goal is to be compact and then get in front quickly, but Ghana often wins the ball deep and rarely puts enough numbers up front. This will be an exam.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 10:58 a.m European daylight saving time

Cristiano Ronaldo looks ready

Cristiano Ronaldo looked prepared and focused on the games as the two teams prepared for kick-off.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Grandma Garrick

Grandma Garrick·

Staff Editor, News

November 24, 2022 at 10:55 a.m European daylight saving time

The national anthems are sung

Portugal begins with the sound of the national anthem. Ghana will follow next.

Grandma Garrick

Grandma Garrick·

Staff Editor, News

November 24, 2022 at 10:39 a.m European daylight saving time

Cristiano Ronaldo reaches a professional crossroads

Today Ronaldo starts in his fifth World Cup tournament. He has seven World Cup goals to his credit (oddly enough he hasn’t scored in the knockout stages – like Lionel Messi) and is hoping for an impressive tournament to set himself up for the January transfer window.

After ending his contract with Manchester United earlier this week, Ronaldo has become the biggest free agent to play at a World Cup in…ever?

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 10:27 a.m European daylight saving time

A replay of the group stage from 2014

The two teams previously met in Group G in Brazil. Portugal won that game 2-1, but the real drama took place off the field when the Ghanaian government sent $3 million in cash via private jet to avoid a possible player boycott before kick-off.

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 10:19 a.m European daylight saving time

All eyes on…

No prizes to guess who everyone will be keeping an eye on in this game.

The world’s most famous free agent returns to the pitch for the first time since Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa on November 6.

Will he build on his goalscoring record at every World Cup he’s participated in? We’ll find out in the next few hours.

Ed Mackey

Ed Mackey

November 24, 2022 at 10:15 a.m European daylight saving time

Much support for the Black Stars!

African sides have enjoyed excellent support throughout the World Cup so far and it looks like the same will be the case for Ghana today.

(Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Ed Mackey

Ed Mackey

November 24, 2022 at 10:08 a.m European daylight saving time

Team news from Ghana: Three Premier League players start

And this is how Ghana will line up.

(5-4-1): Ati Zigi, Seidu, Amartey, Djiku, Salisu, Baba; Kudus, Partey, Abdul Samed, Andre Ayew; Williams.

Ed Mackey

Ed Mackey

November 24, 2022 at 10:06 a.m European daylight saving time

Team News Portugal: Ronaldo starts!

Here are the 11 players who will start the game for Portugal.

(4-3-3): Costa, Cancelo, Dias, Pereira, Guerreiro; Neves, Fernandes, Ottavio; Silva, Ronaldo, Felix.

Ed Mackey

Ed Mackey

November 24, 2022 at 9:40 a.m European daylight saving time

Lamptey’s time to shine?

This is the first time we will see Lamptey in a major tournament due to his impressive performances for Brighton, particularly last season.

He moved from England to Ghana in the summer and has already won two international caps. The first of these came when he came on from the bench against Brazil in September and then played 80 minutes in the 2-0 World Cup warm-up win over Switzerland.

He is in contention with Denis Odoi for a starting spot on the right side of the Ghanaian defense and given the age (34) of his rival, Lamptey is likely to win the bid.

The 22-year-old could line up alongside two Premier League colleagues for the Black Stars; Amartey and Salisu were the two central defenders who played against Switzerland.

(Photo: Mike Hewitt – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Ed Mackey

Ed Mackey

November 24, 2022 at 9:05 a.m European daylight saving time

What to look out for

Portugal vs. Ghana is another World Cup second leg where the two sides met in Brazil back in 2014.

Portugal won that game 2-1, but the real drama took place off the field when the Ghanaian government sent $3 million in cash to avoid a potential player boycott before kick-off.

Ghana are hoping for less drama these days but will be the underdogs in Group H. Led by Otto Addo, who also works as a talent coach for Borussia Dortmund, Ghana (61st) has the lowest FIFA ranking of all 32 participating countries Qatar 2022.

A lot is being asked of Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus (pictured above), who is likely to play as number 10 today. In a nation that usually produces burly defensive midfielders, Kudus is the most promising attacking player Ghana have had in about a decade.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Karl Anka

Karl Anka·

Man Utd correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 8:32 a.m European daylight saving time

What’s at stake?

While only Ronaldo decides when to end his glittering career, this could be his last World Cup.

He will be 41 when the 2026 World Cup begins and this season has shown his strength has waned somewhat despite what he has told Piers Morgan in recent days.

A strong start is essential if he and his team-mates are to win the tournament and they should have more than enough quality to get past Ghana.

Read more in our preview of the game below.

Grandma Garrick

Grandma Garrick·

Staff Editor, News

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Portugal vs Ghana preview: How to stream, start time, predictions and breaking news ahead of World Cup Group H clash

November 24, 2022 at 8:09 a.m European daylight saving time

Team News

Renato Sanches and Diogo Jota are the most notable absentees from the Portugal squad, the latter through injury.

However, Portugal have plenty of quality elsewhere as well, including Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao.

Ronaldo, who is now without a club, missed his side’s friendly against Nigeria last week with a stomach infection but was back in training on Saturday and was described as “in spectacular form” by team-mate Ruben Neves ahead of the opener.

Ghana have plenty of experienced talent to call on, as does Athletic Bilbao frontman Inaki Williams.

He is supported in the squad by Premier League players such as Tariq Lamptey, Daniel Amartey and Mohammed Salisu.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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