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2022 World Cup LIVE: Portugal vs Ghana – Chris Hughton watches Cristiano Ronaldo lose early chances

Ronaldo relaxed ahead of the World Cup opener Portugal vs Ghana

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

Ronaldo is playing in his first match since leaving Manchester United by mutual consent earlier this week following an 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 likely be his last chance to win the Jules Rimet trophy. He wants to do this alongside many talented players including Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leao.

But Ghana will not be a pushover and can boast of the quality of their entire squad, including Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey at the heart of the team. Each game will be crucial in the group that was deemed the most evenly matched in the tournament, with Uruguay and South Korea also vying for a place in the knockout rounds.

Follow all the action on our live blog below:

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Portugal 0-0 Ghana

20 minutes: Portugal with 70 percent possession after 20 minutes.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 16:20

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Portugal 0-0 Ghana

18 min: Cancelo drives a cross from deep on Portugal’s right but easily escapes.

Portugal will now build from behind.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:17

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Portugal 0-0 Ghana

14 mins: Fernandes strikes a well-placed right-flank pass to Portugal’s left before heading inside… but Ghana wins the ball and Ayew is fouled trying to get away.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:15

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12 mins: Portugal win a corner as Ghana clears the ball close to their touchline…

Taken quickly – passed to Guerreiro, who drives a cross into the back post … Ronaldo is there …

But the ball bounced off his head and went on goal for Ghana!!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:13

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10 minutes: OPPORTUNITY TO PORTUGAL! RONALDO CANNOT CONVERT!

A deft pass slips through the Ghanaian defense as Ronaldo measures his run well and goes one-on-one with Ghana’s goalkeeper Ati-Zigi!

However, Ronaldo can’t make the first touch well and Ati-Zigi clears the ball!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:11

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9 mins: Kudus throws in a cross from Ghana’s right wing, but Costa shoots out quickly and grabs the ball unopposed.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:09

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Portugal 0-0 Ghana

7 mins: Ghana cannot hold onto the ball for long before Portugal is in possession again.

Then possession changes again until Neves picks up the ball on the edge of Ghana’s box and takes a quick shot!

He is blocked at the source but Portugal takes the loose ball.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:06

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5 mins: The ball hits Portugal’s left flank to Raphael Guerreiro who dives for the touchline and wins a corner when his cross is blocked.

Nothing came of the set-piece after that, however, and Ghana are awarded a goal kick.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:05

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4 min: The old game of growing Portuguese patients. They work the ball from side to side, resisting Ghana’s balanced pressing.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:03

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Portugal 0-0 Ghana

2 min: Ronaldo’s first engagement is a foul!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 16:02

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