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Ronaldo relaxed ahead of Portugal World Cup opener versus Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are taking on Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha as both sides get their Group H campaigns under way.

Ronaldo is playing in his first match since leaving Manchester United by mutual consent earlier this week following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan ahead of the tournament. The 37-year-old Portugal captain is playing in his fifth World Cup and admits it will probably be his last chance to try and win the Jules Rimet trophy. He bids to do so alongside plenty of talented players including Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leao.

But Ghana will be no pushovers and boast quality throughout their side, including the Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey at the heart of the team. Every game will be crucial in what has been pinpointed as the most evenly matched group at the tournament, with Uruguay and South Korea also competing for a place in the knockout rounds.

Follow all the action with our live blog below:

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Portugal 0-0 Ghana

27 mins: A neat Portugal move sees Ronaldo bundled over in prime free-kick territory, just outside Ghana’s box, but advantage is played.

The ball is worked out left then crossed in, but Ghana’s defence deals with the attack well, heading the ball clear.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:27

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25 mins: The pattern of the first half so far continues, with Portugal content to switch play from right back Cancelo to left back Guerreiro via Dias and Pereira, the team waiting patiently for an opening.

They then move the ball up the pitch centrally, and Joao Felix is fouled as Ghana look to win possession.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:25

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23 mins: Portugal cut out a Ghana attack, which ends with Kudus’ attempted pass to Williams being intercepted.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:22

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20 mins: Portugal with 70 per cent of the possession after 20 minutes of football.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:20

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18 mins: Cancelo whips in a cross from deep on Portugal’s right side, but it’s headed away with ease.

Portugal will now build from the back.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:17

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14 mins: Fernandes swings an accurate pass from the right flank out to Portugal’s left, before it’s worked back central… but Ghana win the ball, and A Ayew is then fouled as he looks to break away.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:15

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12 mins: Portugal win a corner as Ghana scramble the ball clear near their byline…

It’s taken quickly – passed to Guerreiro, who clips a cross to the back post… Ronaldo is there…

But the ball skims off his head and out for a Ghana goal kick!!

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:13

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10 mins: CHANCE TO PORTUGAL! RONALDO CAN’T CONVERT!

A slick pass is slipped through the Ghana defence, and Ronaldo times his run well to get one-on-one with Ghana goalkeeper Ati-Zigi!

Ronaldo can’t quite get his first touch right, though, and Ati-Zigi clears the ball!

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:11

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9 mins: Kudus swings in a cross from Ghana’s right wing, but Costa is out of his goal swiftly to snatch the ball unopposed.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:09

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7 mins: Ghana aren’t able to hang onto the ball for long, before Portugal are back in possession.

Possession then swings again, until Neves wins the ball on the edge of the Ghana box and gets a shot off quickly!

It’s blocked at the source, but Portugal pick up the loose ball.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:06



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