LIVE: Portugal, Ronaldo Begin World Cup Quest Against Ghana

By Avi Creditor

After an eventful few weeks on the club level, Cristiano Ronaldo turns his attention to his fifth World Cup and a rematch of a 2014 group game. Follow along here.

It's been an eventful World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo, and that’s before the Portugal star has even set foot on the field.

Days after having his contract with Manchester United terminated, Ronaldo turns his focus to playing in his fifth World Cup, in which he hopes to make some history on both an individual and team level. No men’s player in history has scored in five World Cups, but Ronaldo could become the first if he’s able to put the noise of the last few weeks—much of which has been self-inflicted—behind him and score in Qatar. Portugal hasn’t gotten past the round of 16 since Ronaldo’s first World Cup, in 2006, though, and Ghana won’t make things easy in their group opener.

The Black Stars might be the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup field, but new dual national recruits, such as Iñaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) and Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), give the African side a new outlook. The two sides have only met once before, in the 2014 World Cup group stage, with Ronaldo’s 80th-minute goal the difference.

Despite his lack of club activity leading into the World Cup, Ronaldo was given the start by Fernando Santos.

Follow along here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh for most recent updates).

Here are the lineups for both sides:

Full World Cup Squads


GOALKEEPERS:Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Rui Patrício (AS Roma), José Sá (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

DEFENDERS:João Cancelo (Manchester City), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Pepe (Porto), Danilo Pereira (PSG), António Silva (Benfica),

MIDFIELDERS: William Carvalho (Real Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (Benfica), Otávio Monteiro (Porto), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers), João Palhinha (Fulham), , Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Vitinha (PSG)

FORWARDS: João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Ricardo Horta (Braga), Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), Cristiano Ronaldo (Unattached), André Silva (RB Leipzig)

COACH: Fernando Santos


GOALKEEPERS: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen), Ibrahim Danlad (Asante Kotoko), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen)

DEFENDERS: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Abdul-Rahman Baba (Reading), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux), Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont)

MIDFIELDERS: André Ayew (Al Saad), Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (St Pauli), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens)

FORWARDS: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting CP), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao)

COACH: Otto Addo

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