Ghana and Portugal Meet for Do or DiePublished June 26, 2014 by OCR Editor
Ghana and Portugal meet for a do or die game as elimination hangs in the balance with the opposite match between USA and Germany (5pm UK time).
The World Cup's Group G comes to a thrilling conclusion today as Germany meets USA at Recife, in a game that gave many conspiracy theorists hours of joy. But over at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia there will be a nonetheless interesting drama unfolding as Ghana clashes with Portugal at 5pm UK time.
End of the Line
Ranked third and fourth respectively, both teams have only one point to their name with Portugal trailing in goal difference having conceded six and scoring only two. While a draw between Germany and USA will see both Ghana and Portugal eliminated, other Germany-USA scores could have a whole different effect and goal difference is the name of the game.
Ronaldo's Time to Shine
Portugal missed the chance to secure a convenient spot after their big loss to Germany in the opening game, and their 2-2 draw against USA didn't contribute much either but that spectacular assist by Ronaldo to Silvestre Varela which brought the late equalizer gave the Portuguese something to hold on. Portugal must beat Ghana today and preferably with a high score as their goal difference is lackluster. The heavy weight lies mainly on one man's shoulders – Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite fighting injuries, Ronaldo gets a golden chance to shine today and give his team and country some relief – even if Germany and USA draw.
Despite the late equalizer by Germany's Miroslav Klose which brought the game to a 2-2 draw, Ghana looked spectacular in their game against the Germans, showing some excellent physique, speed and playmaking. If Ghana retains this top form from the last game we're up for a great display, however the Ghanaians have to adjust to missing some players like the suspended midfielder Sulley Muntari and the injured Michael Essien.