This Thursday will be the turn of the debut in the World Cup in Qatar 2022 for the last eight teams that have not yet jumped onto the field of play. One of the most attractive duels will be the one between Portugal and Ghana, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. (Argentine time) at the 974 stadium in Doha.
There, a good portion of the expectations will be placed on the performance of Cristiano Ronaldo, the protagonist in recent days due to his controversial separation from Manchester United.
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The second stage of the Portuguese striker in the British team ended when he still had six months left (it ended in June 2023).
The permanent friction since the start of the season, the clash with coach Erik ten Hag and the explosive statements against the club and its authorities in a recent interview led both parties to terminate the contract “by mutual agreement”. Within this framework, CR7 will make its debut in its fifth World Cup competition.
In the run-up to the match with Las Estrellas Negras, doubts arose as to whether these last hectic days could affect the performance of the 37-year-old attacker and influence the match. Ghana’s technical director, Otto Addo, was asked precisely about that at a press conference, who replied without hesitation: “I don’t know and, to be honest, I don’t care.”
“It’s not our problem and I don’t think it’s a big problem. Everybody wants to win and, whatever happens, it’s a great stage, a great match at the level of a World Cup, so normally I don’t think that can distract anyone”, the 47-year-old coach, who during During his career he managed in the lower divisions of several teams in Germany and came to the African team as a field assistant to Serbian Milovan Rajevac before assuming the technical direction.
In the same line, the Ghanaian captain, André Ayew, replied: “It’s not really our problem what is happening in the rival team. I think that the Portugal players are great professionals and play for the best teams, so they will be ready for the World Cup”.
For his part, Cristiano Ronaldo sent a message to his followers in the run-up to his debut. “About to start our campaign in the biggest competition in the world. An adventure that we hope will be long and full of success, in order to raise the name and flag of our country very high. We want to fill all Portuguese with pride and joy. Nothing is impossible! Let’s go, Portugal! ”, He posted on his Instagram account.
In his four previous World Cup appearances, he played 17 games in which he scored seven goals and two assists. On a general level, his best tournament was in Germany 2006, where the Portuguese team reached the semifinals, losing in that instance to France and then losing the game for third place against the host team.