How Portugal and Ghana line up at World Cup today



The now-free agent striker missed the Selecao’s warm-up encounter with Nigeria due to an illness, but has declared himself fit for the opening match.

With Diogo Jota ruled out of the campaign due to a calf injury, a potent attacking trident has still been picked by Portugal.

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This year has seen Rui Patricio’s time as undisputed Portuguese No1 come to a close and Diogo Costa gets the nod in goal.

Ghana secured an impressive win over Switzerland in their final competitive on-field business before the World Cup, continuing a good first year under manager Otto Addo, who was installed ahead of the qualifying play-off success against Nigeria.

Addo’s squad appears fully fit ahead of the first game, with Arsenal’s Thomas Partey anchoring the midfield.

The availability of Inaki Williams is a boost for Ghana, with the striker switching allegiance from Spain this summer after winning his only cap for the country of his birth in a friendly in 2016.

Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace should join him in the attack, while his brother Andre is now based in Qatar and recently passed Asamoah Gyan as the most-capped Black Stars player of all time.

Portugal XI: Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pereira, Guerreiro; Neves, Fernandes; Otavio, Felix, Silva; Ronaldo.

Ghana XI: Coming up…

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