Portugal v Ghana LIVE - World Cup 2022 in Qatar updates as Cristiano Ronaldo enters the fray
World Cup / Group Stage
Stadium 974 / 24.11.2022
EVERYTHING IS IN FRONT OF GHANA
Someone needs to run in behind. In the meantime, though, Cancelo tries a cross which Djiku heads clear.
SALISU DRILLS A DECENT BALL DOWN THE MIDDLE
Williams leaps to control, but his touch is heavy and Portugal get going again.
GHANA NEED TO GET THEMSELVES SOME POSSESSION
They can't hold out with none of the ball.
He'd better hope no one he wants to sign for is watching this. The corner goes back to Guerreiro, he measures a delicious cross and Ronaldo is up early to tuck in ... except he heads wide when all he needed to do was hit the target!
OTAVIO AND BERNARDO COMBINE DOWN THE LEFT
They win a corner.
KUDUS GIVES IT AWAY AGAIN!
And Otavio slides instantly through the middle! Ronaldo is in! But his first touch is poor, allowing Zigi to race out bravely, diving at his feet and smothering the shot.
NO BRUNO ISN'T OFF RONALDO
I think it's a 4-1-4-1 for Portugal, with Bruno on the right and Felix on the left. That would not make a whole lot of sense.
KUDUS STAMPS ON THE GAS AND RACES DOWN THE LEFT
But he's only got Williams inside the box, and his cross is easily collected by Costa.
PORTUGAL ARE DOMINATING THE BALL
But, so far, Ghana are shutting off their passing lanes and forcing them backwards or sideways - as I type that, to their own box, where Danilo has to turn away from trouble as Williams presses.
PORTUGAL WORK THE BALL FROM SIDE TO SIDE
Then, when Guerreiro is seen off, Kudus picks up Amarrtey's poor clearance on the edge - what's he doing there? - and loses possession to Neves, whose shot is blocked.
GUERRIRIO CLIPS IN
Salisu heads away and Otavio thunks wide of the near post from 20 yards.
BERNARDO IS, I THINK IN MIDFIELD
Is Bruno off Ronaldo? That's worked really well at club level. Anyhow, Portugal win a corner down the left...
GHANA DO, THOUGH, HAVE SOME TALENTED PLAYERS
But they're a new team and the youngest squad in the competition, so they've not settled yet.
GHANA'S PRESENCE IN THESE FINALS
Is low-key remarkable. They were beyond dreadful at Afcon and not great in qualifying, but they benefited from one of the worst penalty calls you'll ever see against South Africa, then gutsed out a seriously pressurised environment to beat Nigeria on away goals in the playoff.
AWAY WE GO!
THE PORTUGUESE CHORUS
Is good. Is Ronaldo crying?
HERE COME THE TEAMS!
OUR TEAMS ARE TUNNELLED
Ronaldo high-fives the mascots. What a lovely boy.