The Seleção’s quest for international stardom continues on Thursday when they face The Black stars in their World Cup 2022 Group H opener at Doha’s Stadium 974. Portugal vs Ghana (POR vs GHA) is a must-watch matchup as these two teams have already clashed against each other in the World Cup.
Portugal – Despite their status as an iconic footballing nation, Portugal has only ever reached the World Cup semi-finals twice, in 1966 and 2006, and they have failed to advance beyond the last 16 in four of their last five tournaments. Portugal’s qualification for Qatar 2022 was not easy, as they needed to win the qualifier playoff to advance. However, given the talent and experience at their disposal, they remain one of the tournament’s favourites. However, following the shocking defeat of Argentina and Germany, no match will be taken lightly.
Ghana – On the other hand, Ghana won their group in the CAF World Cup qualifiers and is currently one of Africa’s best teams. Following a brief absence from the World Cup in 2018, Ghana is back and already dreaming of sweet revenge in Group H, with Uruguayan villain Luis Suarez waiting in the wings 12 years after channelling his inner goalkeeper to prevent the Black Stars from reaching the semi-finals. However, Ghana must first defeat the powerful Portuguese side to remain in contention for the next round.
POR vs GHA: Match Details
|Match||Portugal vs Ghana|
|Date||24th November 2022|
|Time||9:30 PM (IST)|
|Venue||Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar|
POR vs GHA: Broadcast Details
The match will be broadcast LIVE on Sports 18 and Sports 18 HD Channels in India. Those who want to watch the match online can do so via the Jio Cinema app.
POR vs GHA: Head-to-Head stats
Portugal and Ghana met each other back in the 2014 World Cup where the Portuguese side won 2-0.
Dream 11 Top Picks and Player Stats
Cristiano Ronaldo: A man who has been the centre of controversy over the past few years will lead Portugal for the very last time as it seems. Even though there has been a dip in his club form, for his national side, Cristiano Ronaldo has always been the man to the rescue. With players like Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo doesn’t have to worry about the ball supply to his feet.
Inaki Williams: He is one such player that has changed national teams. Inaki was a player for the Spanish National Football team but due to fewer chances, he switched to his roots back in Ghana. A dangerous player in Atletico Bilbao’s jersey, Inaki is expected to put Portugal’s defence to action with his quick feet. Having players like Thomas Partey and Tariq Lamptey around him will help Inaki to get the perfect goal-scoring balls.
POR vs GHA: Dream 11 Fantasy Team
Goalkeeper: Diogo Costa
Defenders: Ruben Dias, João Cancelo, Tariq Lamptey, Daniel Amartey
Midfielders: Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Thomas Partey
Forwards: Inaki Williams, Rafael Leão, Cristiano Ronaldo
Dream 11 Captain & Vice-Captain Choice For The Match
Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
Vice-Captain: Bruno Fernandes
POR vs GHA: Predicted Line-Up
Portugal possible starting lineup: Diogo Costa; João Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Ruben Neves, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leão
Ghana possible starting lineup: Lawrence Ati Zigi; Tariq Lamptey, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Abdul Baba Rehman; Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed; Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Kudus, Jordan Ayew; Inaki Williams
POR vs GHA: Team News
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