Lucky11| FIFA World Cup: Portugal VS Ghana Match Preview
Portugal will play Ghana in their opening World Cup 2022 Group H match on Thursday at Doha's Stadium 974 in an effort to draw attention away from the never-ending Cristiano Ronaldo scandal. Lucky11 sports betting experts brings you the preview and the match details of Portugal vs Ghana. Join now for free for the best FIFA betting odds.
In a difficult group, Fernando Santos' team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, which will make it difficult for their African opponents to advance to the knockout round. Recently, one man has dominated headlines both inside and outside of Portugal. Former Manchester United player Ronaldo launched a stinging attack on the team in an interview with Piers Morgan, which might result in him leaving Old Trafford at best or in being fired and sued at worst.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, made an unexpected appearance at a press conference earlier this week to urge that attention be directed toward the football rather than his activities as he frantically tries to assist Portugal in finally winning the big one after multiple World Cup losses.
The Selecao lost to fellow Group H rivals Uruguay in the round of 16 at the World Cup finals four years ago, and although thrashing Nigeria 4-0 in a friendly last Thursday, they have only managed a pitiful three victories in their last 11 games.
Following a brief absence from the World Cup in 2018, Ghana is back where they belong and already has their sights set on sweet vengeance in Group H. Uruguayan villain Luis Suarez has been waiting patiently for 12 years after channeling his inner goalkeeper to keep the Black Stars from making it to the semifinals.
Ghana is getting up for its fourth World Cup appearance since 2006, and the African nation has only been eliminated in the group stage once before. On December 2, the two sides will resume hostilities.
Given Ghana's recent defensive struggles and plenty of young skill in the final third, this has all the makings of being a tricky opening game for Portugal.
The Selecao supporters shouldn't expect their team to win easily in Doha, but with so many great attacking alternatives at their disposal, we still believe Portugal will battle to a close victory and enjoy the best possible start.
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