Portugal will face Ghana in the match of the first round of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. We analyze the form of the teams and give a forecast.
Portugal successfully competed in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League, topping the Group 2 standings before the last round. In the final match, it was enough for her to draw with Spain on her own field, but the holding game led to a failure - a 0:1 defeat, which dropped the Portuguese to second place and deprived them of a chance of reaching the playoffs. Before the start of the first round of the World Cup Portugal defeated Nigeria 4-0 in a friendly game.
Ghana is not without nerves, but made it to the African Nations Championship, being stronger than Nigeria. Already after the first match, it seemed that the ticket to the main stage of the tournament would not go anywhere from Ghana, because it won 2-0, but in the second leg it missed the advantage, losing 0-2, and only in the penalty shootout was able to break the opponent (5-4). After this success Ghana played three friendly matches. Brazil lost 0-3, and then won 1-0 against Nicaragua and 2-0 against Switzerland.
Statistics and figures:
- Portugal had two wins in the previous three matches;
- Ghana won the previous two matches;
- The teams met in a group at the 2014 World Cup. Then Portugal won 2-1.
It will not be easy for Portugal, but it should open the account of victories, having a better squad.