World Cup 2022 LIVE Brazil vs Serbia commentary stream as Neymar, Vinicius and Lucas Paqueta in starting team

face in their Group G opener at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

Tite’s five-time winners with an enviable amount of talent in the final third, including Raphinha, Vinicius Jr, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Antony and, of course, star man and talisman Neymar.

But with Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic looking to unsettle the likes of Thiago Silva and Marquinho. And four years ago in Russia, Brazil failed to win their opening game, with Switzerland fighting back to earn a point with a Steven Zuber goal cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.

After , Serbia will hope to seize back momentum and avoid defeat here with the Indomitable Lions up next. Follow all the action with our live blog below:

World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia updates

  • Brazil play Serbia in Group G of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar

  • TEAM NEWS: Vini Jr, Paqueta and Richarlison join Neymar and Raphinha in Brazil attack

  • TEAM NEWS: Mitrovic starts for Serbia despite nursing injury

Brazil 0 – 0 Serbia

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

19:13 , Alex Pattle

13 mins: A rapid run from Vini Jr sees the Real Madrid star dart into the Serbia box on Brazil’s left wing. He wins a corner.

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

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11 mins: Paqueta clips Mitrovic’s ankle, and the Serbia striker goes down just inside Brazil’s half. No booking for Paqueta.

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

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10 mins: Brazil work the ball tidily from their right flank to their left, before Casemiro lifts a delightful ball into the Serbia box, where Neymar awaits!

The PSG star takes down the ball well and tries to shimmy himself into space, but he’s tackled before he can get a shot off.

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

19:08 , Alex Pattle

8 mins: A decent Serbia move from the left ends with S Milinkovic-Savic being dispossessed on the edge of the Brazil box.

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

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6 mins: A Tadic cross from Serbia’s right flank is headed out, and Brazil aim to break away through the middle.

Some tricky footwork by Neymar, and he draws a foul. Pavlovic’s name goes into the referee’s book early!

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

19:04 , Alex Pattle

4 mins: Sandro takes a Brazil throw-in on the left flank, midway through his side’s half.

Serbia look to pen in the Brazilians, but Vinicius Jr surges through a few players to the sound of cheers, before the ball is worked to Neymar on the right wing.

His low cross is cleared!

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

19:02 , Alex Pattle

3 mins: A bit of pinball early on, with long balls from both sides being intercepted.

World Cup 2022: Brazil 0-0 Serbia

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Kick-off: We’re under way!

A lot of anticipation for this one…

World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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Serbia players are belting out their anthem.

They have a strong squad, and some observers believe that they have a great shot at upsetting Brazil here…

World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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The anthems are being sung; kick-off is moments away!

World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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Can Brazil end their 20-year wait to lift this trophy?

They’ll first need to navigate Group G, facing Serbia here before taking on Switzerland and Cameroon.

World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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T-minus 12 minutes until kick-off at the Lusail Stadium!



World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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Mitrovic has 50 goals in 76 games for Serbia. That’s seriously impressive.


World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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The yellow and green of Brazil’s flag and jerseys always injects some wonderful colour into a World Cup.


World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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A reminder of the starting XIs…

Brazil: Alisson, Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Casemiro, Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Richarlison.

Serbia: V Milinkovic-Savic, Veljkovic, Mladenovic, Pavlovic, Milenkovic, Zivkovic, Gudelj, S Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Tadic, Mitrovic.

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World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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Elsewhere in Group G earlier today, Switzerland edged past Cameroon 1-0.

Here’s Mark Critchley with the match report from Qatar:

World Cup 2022: Brazil vs Serbia

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We now turn to Brazil vs Serbia, the final game of the day!

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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“A 37-year-old unemployed man began his latest quest to conquer the world.

“Clubless but not goalless, Cristiano Ronaldo started in trademark fashion. His first goal as a free agent gave him yet another record, as the first player to score in five different World Cups. The milestones are testament to the astonishing longevity of one who, for the second time, is a former Manchester United footballer.

“For Ronaldo, who extended his own record to 118 international goals, every celebration doubles up as vindication.

“And yet Portugal’s winning beginning owed rather more to a compatriot United would not dream of releasing; to a footballer, indeed, who often plays better without Ronaldo.”

Read our match report from Richard Jolly in Qatar:

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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“After the scandal and a furore, Cristiano Ronaldo is back on the pitch, gracing football’s biggest stage in what remains an awkward, yet compelling Portugal side.

“It remains his team, but Joao Felix epitomises the immense talent available elsewhere for Fernando Santos, who has seldom dared to imagine and pursue the Selecao’s exciting potential.

“Tasked with breaking down a wall of five Ghana defenders, including centre backs Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku and Mohammed Salisu, this was a new and refreshing attempt to squeeze a little more out of this group while demanding relatively little out of Ronaldo.”

Here’s Jack Rathborn on what Felix’s fine performance for Portugal could mean for the future of the side – a future without Ronaldo:

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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There’s life in the old dog yet, in case you doubted it.

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World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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So, Ronaldo’s second-half penalty started a goal rush!

Ayew soon equalised for Ghana, but it wasn’t long before Felix restored Portugal’s lead, which was almost immediately extended by Leao.

But Bukari pulled one back for the Black Stars late on, before Portugal goalkeeper Costa nearly gifted Williams a 99th-minute equaliser!

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World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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Full-time: Portugal survive that late scare, winning what became a wild game!

They’re up and running in Group H, beginning their World Cup campaign with three points.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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90+9 mins: WHAT IS COSTA DOING?! The Portugal goalkeeper collects a cross but then places the ball down to kick it away, and he’s caught unaware!

Williams is standing behind him, runs around in front of the goalkeeper and SLIPS while dispossessing Costa!

The ball is scrambled clear!

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

17:56 , Alex Pattle

90+9 mins: Portugal lose the ball from that free kick, and Ghana break up their own left flank!

The move ends with Ghana goalscorer Bukari whipping in a shot from the corner of the Portugal box, and it lands on the roof of Costa’s net!

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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90+7 mins: Amartey gives away a free kick by Ghana’s corner flag. A silly time to do so.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

17:52 , Alex Pattle

90+5 mins: Ghana do well to cut out a Portugal attack at the last moment, intercepting a low Leao cross from the left!

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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The final game of the day will be Brazil vs Serbia. That’s up next, and the starting line-ups are in:

Brazil: Alisson, Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Casemiro, Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Richarlison.

Serbia: V Milinkovic-Savic, Veljkovic, Mladenovic, Pavlovic, Milenkovic, Zivkovic, Gudelj, S Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Tadic, Mitrovic.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

17:49 , Alex Pattle

90 mins: Nine minutes of added time to come.

There is certainly time for another Ghana goal…

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

17:48 , Alex Pattle

90 mins: It’s substitute Bukari who heads the ball home after a cross from the left wing, and he celebrates with Ronaldo’s trademark jump and “Siuuu!”

His teammates aren’t too keen to join in… They’d rather get play restarted!

World Cup 2022: GOAL! Portugal 3-2 Ghana (Bukari, 89)

17:47 , Alex Pattle

89 mins: Ghana pull one back!! Is there a chance of a late draw??

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-1 Ghana

17:45 , Alex Pattle

88 mins: Triple-change for Portugal…

Ronaldo, Felix and Bernardo come off.

Joao Mario, Goncalo Ramos and Joao Palhinha replace them.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-1 Ghana

17:44 , Alex Pattle

86 mins: Ghana have a decent spell of possession that ends with a cross being swung in from the left.

Danilo heads it away, and Portugal will mount an attack on their left flank.

Good positioning from Ghana’s players stunts that move, though.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-1 Ghana

17:42 , Alex Pattle

84 mins: The flag goes up, indicating that Ronaldo was offside anyway.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-1 Ghana

17:41 , Alex Pattle

83 mins: A pass on the right flank finds Ronaldo, who bursts past his man and into the Ghana box… he’s suddenly one-on-one with the goalkeeper…

But his chipped effort on goal is saved well by Ati-Zigi!

World Cup 2022: GOAL! Portugal 3-1 Ghana (Leao, 80)

17:38 , Alex Pattle

80 mins: Have Portugal wrapped this one up??

Felix wins the ball with a keen tackle in midfield, and it rolls to Ronaldo. The captain surges forward, does a stepover then lays off a pass to substitute Rafael Leao on his left…

And Leao rolls a finish across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner!

World Cup 2022: Portugal 2-1 Ghana

17:37 , Alex Pattle

79 mins: Fernandes feeds a pass to Felix, who’s darting into the Ghana box, off to the right…

And Felix clips a lovely finish over Ati-Zigi on the angle! Portugal are back in front!

World Cup 2022: GOAL! Portugal 2-1 Ghana (Felix, 78)

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World Cup 2022: Portugal 1-1 Ghana

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77 mins: Jordan Ayew replaces his brother – Ghana’s goalscorer and captain Andre Ayew.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 1-1 Ghana

17:32 , Alex Pattle

74 mins: Kudus, who has been his team’s best player in this half, nips into the Portugal box to latch onto a loose pass!

He gets there before Dias, then cuts a ball across goal… It goes through Danilo’s legs, and there is Andre Ayew to slam it home from a couple of yards out!

Game on!

World Cup 2022: GOAL! Portugal 1-1 Ghana (A Ayew, 73)

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World Cup 2022: Portugal 1-0 Ghana

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72 mins: Kudos to Kudus on a fine strike from range, which tests Costa in the Portugal goal.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 1-0 Ghana

17:28 , Alex Pattle

71 mins: Portugal are happy with the 1-0 lead for now, it seems. They’re passing the ball around the back patiently, as they did for much of the first half.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 1-0 Ghana

17:26 , Alex Pattle

68 mins: Confirmation that there was a VAR check before the penalty.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 1-0 Ghana

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World Cup 2022: GOAL! Portugal 1-0 Ghana (Ronaldo, 65 – pen)

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65 mins: AND HE SCORES IT!

Ronaldo smashes a penalty into the top corner, the first man ever to score at five World Cups, and he’s giddy!

He’s swarmed by teammates!

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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63 mins: It doesn’t seem that there will be a VAR check.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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Salisu is deemed to have tripped Ronaldo in a 50-50 challenge!

Not sure about this…

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

17:16 , Alex Pattle

59 mins: Felix and Seidu go head to head, quite literally. Felix seems to initiate the exchange, but Seidu appears to push his head into the Portugal forward’s face.

After a beat, Felix hits the deck, and things threaten to get out of hand as players gather around. Seidu is booked.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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57 mins: William Carvalho replaces Otavio in the Portugal midfield.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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56 mins: Ronaldo, now sporting a short-sleeved top, gets the ball in space on Portugal’s left wing. He dances towards the edge of the Ghana box and does a few stepovers, before his shot is blocked.

Ghana then break through Kudus, who has come to life in this second half. He surges towards the Portugal penalty area and a shot follows from the edge of the box… but it’s another dragged effort that goes wide.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

17:11 , Alex Pattle

54 mins: Dias heads the corner away, and the ball soon falls to Seidu… who makes the wrong choice by shooting, dragging a low shot well wide of the Portugal goal.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

17:10 , Alex Pattle

53 mins: This is better from Ghana, who come forward on the left again.

Cancelo blocks a Kudus cross from the byline, heading the ball out for a corner.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

17:09 , Alex Pattle

52 mins: Kudus with a resilient run through the centre as he bears down on the Portugal backline.

He lays off a pass to Williams on the left, but Cancelo dispossesses the Athletic Bilbao forward.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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49 mins: Salisu looks to break along Ghana’s right flank, but he’s dragged down by Otavio.

Moments later, it’s Otavio who wins a free kick after A Ayew fouls the Portugal man, who had turned him nicely.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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46 mins: No changes from either coach at the break.

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

17:03 , Alex Pattle

46 mins: Back under way!

Let’s hope we’re not headed for another goalless draw at the Qatar World Cup…

Denmark 0-0 Tunisia

Mexico 0-0 Poland

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

Portugal 0-0 Ghana…?


World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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A reminder that the other Group H game today ended 0-0 between Uruguay and South Korea.

Here’s Ben Burrows’ match report from Qatar:

World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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This was the moment, just after the half-hour mark, when Ronaldo put the ball in the Ghana net.

The goal was ruled out, however, with the Portugal captain deemed to have fouled his defender just before.

In fact, the whistle went as Ronaldo struck the ball.


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World Cup 2022: Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:48 , Alex Pattle

Half-time: Goalless at the break, with Ronaldo’s ruled-out goal marking the closest either team has come to breaking the deadlock.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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45 mins: Just the two minutes of added time.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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44 mins: Cancelo slings a low cross into the Ghana penalty area from the right, but it’s behind a huddle of bodies and bounces through the box completely.

Portugal soon work it back to the right, where Otavio sees an opening and fires a shot goalwards… and just over.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:43 , Alex Pattle

44 mins: Clever footwork from Fernandes draws a foul in the Ghana half.

The free kick is taken quickly, with Portugal happy to build a move rather than sending a long ball into the box.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:42 , Alex Pattle

42 mins: Ronaldo receives the ball on the left wing and drives into the Ghana box, where he completes a give-and-go with (now-former United teammate) Fernandes…

It’s a neat exchange, but Ronaldo’s subsequent shot on the angle is blocked by Partey.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:38 , Alex Pattle

38 mins: Ghana win a corner on their right flank, which leads to another on their left.

It’s Ronaldo who heads it clear, but a foul is given against Ghana anyway for a foul on Danilo.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:37 , Alex Pattle

37 mins: It’s been all Portugal so far. Otavio kickstarts a neat move outside the Ghana box, slipping a pass to Felix, who is bundled over while laying the ball off to Fernandes.

Advantage is played, though, as Fernandes rolls the ball into Otavio inside the penalty area… only for a well-timed Ghana challenge to halt the move.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:33 , Alex Pattle

34 mins: Portugal have another free kick, this one a bit further forward than their last, and slightly off to the right.

This is a much more direct delivery from Fernandes, who arches the ball in with pace this time…

A Ayew gets stuck in defensively, however, heading it away.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:32 , Alex Pattle

31 mins: Fernandes floats the free kick into the Ghana box, but none of his teammates can get on the end of it.

They end up winning a throw-in on the left, and work the ball to Ronaldo in the Ghana area…

The free agent turns his defender and powers a finish across goal and home!!! BUT…

The whistle had already gone, Ronaldo deemed to have shoved over his defender unfairly! A bit soft, maybe?

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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30 mins: Abdul Samed blocks off Fernandes as the Manchester United midfielder surges through the Ghana half, and Portugal will have a free kick some way from goal.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:27 , Alex Pattle

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.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:25 , Alex Pattle

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 Danilo, 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.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:20 , Alex Pattle

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

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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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.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:15 , Alex Pattle

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.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:13 , Alex Pattle

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!!

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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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!

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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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.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:06 , Alex Pattle

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.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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5 mins: A ball is clipped up Portugal’s left flank to Raphael Guerreiro, who surges towards the byline and wins a corner as his cross is blocked.

Nothing comes of the subsequent set piece, however, and Ghana have a goal kick.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

16:03 , Alex Pattle

4 mins: Patient build-up play from Portugal so far. They’re working the ball from side to side, resisting Ghana’s measured pressing.

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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2 mins: Ronaldo’s first involvement is a foul!

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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A reminder that Uruguay vs South Korea just finished 0-0 in the pool’s other game today.

Match report from Ben Burrows in Qatar:

Portugal 0-0 Ghana

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Kick-off: This Group H fixture is under way!

Portugal vs Ghana: T-minus 10 minutes until kick-off

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Kick-off is edging nearer at Stadium 974 in Doha!

Roy Keane believes Manchester United will be ‘better without’ Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal train ahead of Ghana tie

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Portugal seek first World Cup title

15:32 , Alex Pattle

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Portugal might have won the World Cup at least once in their footballing history, but their record at the finals has actually been fairly patchy.

The Portuguese did not enter the first World Cup in 1930 and failed to qualify for any of the following editions until 1966, when they finished third – their best ever performance at the tournament.

They then failed to qualify for the next four World Cups, exited in the group stage in 1986, and failed to qualify for the following three editions.

Since then, their record has read:

• 2002 – group-stage exit

• 2006 – fourth place

• 2010 – last-16 exit

• 2014 – group-stage exit

• 2018 – last-16 exit

Latest odds for Portugal vs Ghana as sides begin Group H bids

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Here are the latest odds for Portugal vs Ghana as kick-off nears…

Portugal: 2/7

Draw: 17/4

Ghana: 19/2


Ghana starting XI in full as Thomas Partey features for Black Stars

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Thomas Partey and Daniel Amartey among key players in Ghana XI

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And the Ghana line-up is in, too!

Ati-Zigi; Amartey, Seidu, Djiku, Salisu, Rahman; Abdul Samed, Partey, Kudus; Williams, A Ayew

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey (right) starts for Ghana (AFP via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal frontline against Ghana

14:52 , Alex Pattle

The Portugal line-up is in! Ronaldo leads the attacking line, as expected…

Cristiano Ronaldo warms up for Portugal ahead of their clash with Ghana (AP)

Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pereira, Guerreiro; Neves, Otavio; Fernandes, Felix, Silva; Ronaldo.

Portugal vs Ghana predicted line-ups

14:49 , Alex Pattle

Here are our predicted line-ups for this game, with the starting XIs expected to be confirmed in the next few minutes…

Portugal XI: Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Neves, Carvalho, Fernandes; B Silva, Ronaldo, Leao

Ghana XI: Ati Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Djiku, Baba; Partey, Abdul Samed; Sulemana, Kudus, J Ayew; Williams

Cristiano Ronaldo: Can Portugal legend still make a difference on the world stage?

14:36 , Luke Baker

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been named the best player in the world five times, will arrive in Qatar with a mission to prove that he can still make a difference.

It is indisputable that Ronaldo is one of the greatest forwards of all time but his latest struggles with Manchester United and Portugal have raised many questions about whether his brilliant career is nearing a bitter end.

Ronaldo is the leading scorer in the history of men’s international football with 117 goals in 191 official matches.

Between his first Portugal goal versus Greece at Euro 2004 and his most recent, a double against Switzerland in June 2022, 18 years have passed, making him a model of longevity.

He has scored 818 goals in his career and holds the record for the most Champions League goals in the competition’s history with 140.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United with immediate effect

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has left with immediate effect in the wake of his ahead of the World Cup.

Ronaldo lashed out at United’s owners, executives, manager and even some of his own teammates in an extraordinary tirade which aired in the week leading up to the tournament, effectively torching his bridges with the club, and the hierarchy concluded Erik ten Hag’s team would be better off without the striker going forwards.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ronaldo said that he “loved” the club and their fans, but that it was time for a “new challenge”.

“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo said. “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”

It is understood Ronaldo will not receive a pay-off from the club.

Is Portugal vs Ghana on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup fixture

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Portugal and Ghana begin their as they face off in Group H.

, including Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, but Portugal have a strong line-up that goes beyond captain .

among Fernando Santos’ squad, and they will be motivated to make the most of this generation of talent as they bid to win Portugal’s first World Cup. To do so, however, the 2016 European champions must first navigate ties with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana.

This match with Ghana is also set also mark Ronaldo’s first time competing since Tuesday’s news that .

Here’s all you need to know:

Portugal vs Ghana

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Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Portgual vs Ghana in Group H at World Cup 2022.

Portugal renew their bid for a first-ever World Cup trophy with a tricky opener in Qatar. The Portuguese are nowadays seen as one of the major nations in global football, a status boosted by their Euro 2016 triumph, but the reality is that their best World Cup effort was a third-placed finish in 1966. They did come fourth in 2006 but have not gotten past the last 16 since, exiting at that stage in 2010 and 2018 while crashing out in the group in 2014.

With superstar Cristiano Ronaldo leading them on the pitch, however, it always feels like Portugal have a shot at glory, and the 37-year-old will feel especially motivated in what may mark his final World Cup. This time around, he and his teammates will have to navigate Group H, first facing Ghana before taking on Uruguay and South Korea.

Today’s game also marks Ronaldo’s first time back on the pitch since Tuesday’s news that he has left Manchester United by mutual consent following his explosive interview with Pier Morgan earlier this month.

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