The third game of today’s World Cup action gets underway this afternoon as former European champions Portugal take on Ghana in Doha. Tipped as a comfortable win for the Selecao, anyone who was watched the early group-stage action in Qatar will know that such walkovers have been very hard to come by.
Portugal will be led by Cristiano Ronaldo once again as the 37-year-old targets a World Cup in what could be his last trip to the tournament. In fact, the nation has never lifted the prestigious trophy as they start their Group H campaign perhaps a step behind the favourites in 2022.
Ghana overcame Nigeria in qualification for the World Cup and will rely on the experienced Ayew brothers plus newer faces such as Tariq Lamptey. The Black Stars have reached the knockouts twice on their three attempts. ITV will broadcast this game on TV and you can follow all the action LIVE via Standard Sport’s match blog!
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A winning start for Portugal
FULL TIME! Portugal 3-2 Ghana
Surely the match of the tournament so far…
And it could have been 3-3! Williams slipped as he poached the ball off Costa right at the death. Wow.
90+10 mins: Rahman’s cross from deep is well held by Costa.
Then the goalkeeper almost drops the ball with Williams behind him! Somehow Portugal escape a massive scramble!
90+9 mins: Bukari tries to catch Costa out with a speculative effort that flashed over the bar. A bit of a nervy moment for Portugal.
Not long left now… but we’re in Ronaldo barking orders from the dugout territory!
How much added-on time will we get in added-on time?
90+7 mins: Portugal win a free-kick off Amartey in the corner and can calm things right down.
90+5 mins: Rafael Leao fails to make the most of a good opening, passing rather than shooting.
Ghana then trouble Costa with a long ball that ends in Fernandes taking a booking. A rather simple situation made all too difficult by Portugal.
90+2 mins: Otto Addo’s last throw of the dice – Semenyo and Kyereh replace Djiku and Abdul Salem.
90 mins: Right then, nine minutes added on.
Danilo and Williams booked for tangling.
GGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Portugal 3-2 Ghana | Bukari
89 mins: THEY COULDN’T, COULD THEY!?
Rahman does very well down the left and a good cross is headed home!
88 mins: Ronaldo, Felix and Silva come off for Portugal.
Palhinha, Mario and Ramos are introduced to see out the game.