Portugal vs. Ghana World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Group H match at Qatar 2022

Nov 24, 2022 | Sports | 0 comments

Portugal begin their Qatar 2022 campaign against Ghana on Thursday. It will likely be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last shot at World Cup glory.

The noise will finally stop for Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo when Fernando Santos’ side begin their 2022 World Cup campaign against Ghana.

Ronaldo’s dramatic departure from Manchester United has dominated the build-up to the Selecao’s Group H opener against Ghana and Piers Morgan’s most recent interview subject will now look to do his talking on the pitch

Otto Addo’s squad has seen plenty of turnover of late, meaning the tournament’s lowest-ranked nation could be something of an unknown quantity.

Ghana head into the World Cup in patchy form, although they enjoyed a confidence-boosting friendly win over Switzerland in Abu Dhabi last week.

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Portugal vs Ghana lineups

Diogo Jota and Renato Sanches were the headline injury victims unable to make Santos’ squad, but the veteran tactician can still call upon a plethora of attacking talent.

A 4-0 win over Nigeria in their final pre-tournament friendly suggested Portugal might be ready to throw off some of their more pragmatic stylings. Ronaldo sat out that game with illness but is ready to return.

Ghana will look to Mohammed Kudus for inspiration and the Ajax playmaker certainly will not be over-awed by facing Ronaldo.

In a friendly against Brazil earlier this year, he clashed with Neymar. “He’s not better than me. He’s just a higher profile player, that’s all,” Kudus told The Guardian. “He was defending his country and I was defending mine. I wasn’t about to let him push me around.

Below are the starting lineups for both teams for their match at Stadium 974 on Thursday, November 24.

Portugal starting 11

Portugal probable (4-1-4-1, right to left): 22. Costa (GK) — 2. Dalot, 3. Pepe, 4. Dias, 20. Cancelo — 14. Carvalho — 11. Joao Felix, 8. Fernandes, 10. Bernardo Silva, 15. Leao — 7. Ronaldo

Injured: Nuno Mendes
Suspended: none

Santos faces a bit of a coin toss for his starting goalkeeper and Porto’s Diogo Costa might get the nod over long-serving No 1 Rui Patricio. In veteran defender Pepe and Ronaldo, the Portugal XI is still likely to boast a couple of cap centurions.

According to Portuguese sports paper Record, Santos is toying with the idea of fielding the attacking midfield quartet of Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leao behind Ronaldo.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Nuno Mendes is a doubt. If he doesn’t make it, expect Joao Cancelo to start at left-back, with Diogo Dalot in the other full-back position.

Ghana starting 11

Ghana probable (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Ati-Zigi (GK) — 2. Lamptey, 18. Amartey, 4. Salisu, 17. Rahman — 5. Partey, 6. Owusu — 13. Afriyie, 10. A. Ayew, 9. J. Ayew — 19. Williams.

Injured: Sulemana, Kyereh
Suspended: none

Both Kamaldeen Sulemana and Daniel Kofi Kyereh have been named in Ghana’s World Cup squad despite injury concerns.

Expect both Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan, to both start in this one, along with recent call-ups Tariq Lamptey and Inaki Williams.

Portugal vs Ghana World Cup squads

Here are the 26 names on each team’s squad lists at the World Cup in Qatar:

Portugal

Position
Player
Club
Age
Caps
Goalkeeper
Rui Patricio
Roma (ITA)
34
104
Goalkeeper
Jose Sa
Wolves (ENG)
29
0
Goalkeeper
Diogo Costa
Porto (POR)
23
7
Defender
Pepe
Porto (POR)
39
128
Defender
Raphael Guerreiro
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
28
56
Defender
Diogo Dalot
Manchester United (ENG)
23
6
Defender
Antonio Silva
Benfica (POR)
19
0
Defender
Ruben Dias
Manchester City (ENG)
25
39
Defender
Nuno Mendes
PSG (FRA)
20
16
Defender
Danilo Pereira
PSG (FRA)
31
63
Defender
Joao Cancelo
Manchester City (ENG)
28
37
Midfielder
Otavio
Porto (POR)
27
7
Midfielder
Joao Palhinha
Fulham (ENG)
27
15
Midfielder
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United (ENG)
28
48
Midfielder
Bernardo Silva
Manchester City (ENG)
28
72
Midfielder
Matheus Nunes
Wolves (ENG)
24
9
Midfielder
William Carvalho
Real Betis (ESP)
30
75
Midfielder
Vitinha
PSG (FRA)
22
4
Midfielder
Joao Mario
Benfica (POR)
29
52
Midfielder
Ruben Neves
Wolves (ENG)
25
32
Forward
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United (ENG)
37
191
Forward
Ricardo Horta
Braga (POR)
28
5
Forward
Rafael Leao
AC Milan (ITA)
23
11
Forward
Joao Felix
Atletico Madrid (SPA)
22
23
Forward
Goncalo Ramos
Benfica (POR)
21
0
Forward
Andre Silva
RB Leipzig (GER)
26
51

Ghana

Position
Player
Club
Age
Caps
Goalkeeper
Abdul Manaf Nurudeen
Eupen (BEL)
23
2
Goalkeeper
Ibrahim Danlad
Asante Kotoko (GHA)
19
0
Goalkeeper
Lawrence Ati-Zigi
St Gallen (SUI)
25
2
Defender
Denis Odoi
Club Brugge (BEL)
34
4
Defender
Tariq Lamptey
Brighton (ENG)
22
1
Defender
Alidu Seidu
Clermont (FRA)
22
1
Defender
Daniel Amartey
Leicester City (ENG)
27
45
Defender
Joseph Aidoo
Celta Vigo (SPA)
27
10
Defender
Alexander Djiku
Strasbourg (FRA)
28
18
Defender
Mohammed Salisu
Southampton (ENG)
23
2
Defender
Baba Rahman
Reading (ENG)
28
44
Defender
Gideon Mensah
Auxerre (FRA)
24
4
Midfielder
Andre Ayew
Al Sadd (QAT)
32
109
Midfielder
Thomas Partey
Arsenal (ENG)
29
40
Midfielder
Elisha Owusu
Gent (BEL)
25
1
Midfielder
Salis Abdul Samed
Lens (FRA)
22
0
Midfielder
Mohammed Kudus
Ajax (NED)
22
18
Midfielder
Daniel-Kofi Kyereh
Freiburg (GER)
26
3
Forward
Daniel Afriyie Barnieh
Hearts of Oak (GHA)
21
5
Forward
Kamal Sowah
Club Brugge (BEL)
22
0
Forward
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku
Sporting CP (POR)
18
8
Forward
Osman Bukari
Red Star (SER)
23
6
Forward
Inaki Williams
Athletic Bilbao (SPA)
28
2
Forward
Antoine Semenyo
Bristol City (ENG)
22
1
Forward
Jordan Ayew
Crystal Palace (ENG)
31
83
Forward
Kamaldeen Sulemana
Rennes (FRA)
20
11

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