Ronaldo commences up front for Portugal from Ghana

DOHA, Nov 24 — Cristiano Ronaldo, showing in his fifth Globe Cup, will spearhead Portugal’s assault towards Ghana along with Joao Felix in their opening Team H match now.

Ronaldo still left Manchester United this 7 days in an acrimonious split right after he said he felt betrayed by the club, but his coach and team mates have claimed the upheaval was possessing no impression on Portugal’s preparations for their campaign in Qatar.

Portugal mentor Fernando Santos partnered Ronaldo with Atletico Madrid’s Felix in attack even though Danilo Pereira joined Ruben Dias in the centre of defence. In midfield, Santos selected an attacking formation with only Ruben Neves as an anchor.

Ghana manager Otto Addo went for a few central defenders in a bid to thwart Portugal and entrusted previous Spain international Inaki Williams to lead his assault.

Groups

Portugal: Diogo Costa, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ghana: Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Abdul-Rahman Baba, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Mohammed Salisu, Alidu Seidu, Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed, Mohammed Kudus, Andre Ayew, Inaki Williams — Reuters

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