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Portugal v Ghana LIVE: News and squad line-ups for the 2022 World Cup, with Cristiano Ronaldo set to play in first game since leaving Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United with immediate effect

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal take on Ghana at the 974 Stadium in Doha as both sides kick off their Group H campaigns.

Ronaldo is playing his first game 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 to win the Jules Rimet trophy. He intends to do so alongside many talented players, including Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leão.

But Ghana will not be easy and will boast the quality of the entire team, including Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey at the heart of the team. All games will be crucial in what is seen as the most balanced group of the tournament, with Uruguay and South Korea also disputing a place in the round of 16.

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Portugal vs Ghana

Welcome to the independents Live coverage of Portgual vs Ghana in Group H of the 2022 World Cup.

Portugal renews its bid for the first World Cup trophy with a complicated opening in Qatar. The Portuguese are now seen as one of the top nations in world football, a status bolstered by their Euro 2016 triumph, but the reality is that their best World Cup effort was a third-place finish in 1966. They reached fourth in 2006, but have not progressed past the round of 16 since, dropping out of that stage in 2010 and 2018 and falling out of the group in 2014.

With superstar Cristiano Ronaldo leading the field, however, it always seems Portugal has a shot at glory, and the 37-year-old will be especially excited in what could mark his last World Cup. This time he and his teammates will have to go through Group H, first facing Ghana before facing Uruguay and South Korea.

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

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lucas bakerNovember 24, 2022 2:16 pm

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org