31 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
It's conscionable not Cristiano Ronaldo's nighttime truthful far.
Felix lobs the shot into Ghana's container and the Portugal skipper challenges Seidu, but aft winning the shot and breaking successful the container the referee blows for a foul.
28 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Portugal heap guardant and look adjacent to carving retired their champion accidental for a while, earlier Raphael Guerreiro's anemic transverse is cleared comfortably by Ghana.
After retrieving possession they embark connected different onslaught and Bernardo Silva picks retired Felix conscionable wrong the box, but the Atletico Madrid prima sends his effort consecutive implicit the bar.
Simply nary extremity merchandise for Portugal truthful far.
23 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Joao Felix tries to whip a shot into the container and alternatively sends it flying retired of play.
His failed transverse sums up Portugal's deficiency of prime aboriginal connected here. They're not abbreviated of possession, but truthful acold they're doing precise small with it.
22 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
It's just to accidental not a large woody has happened successful this crippled since Ronaldo came adjacent with a header astatine the backmost post.
Portugal are enjoying the lion's stock of possession, but Ghana look reasonably choky defensively and are dilatory increasing successful confidence.
So adjacent for Cristiano
It's been a lively commencement to the crippled for Ronaldo, who fto 2 glorious opportunities walk him by aboriginal connected here.
13 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
After immoderate neat interplay betwixt Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix, Ghana wide down for a Portugal corner.
Portugal instrumentality it rapidly and prime retired Ronaldo astatine the backmost post, who turns his caput astatine the past infinitesimal and squanders different large opportunity.
He could person had 2 already here!
10 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Big accidental for Ronaldo!
Kudus loses the shot cheaply again heavy successful Ghana's half, earlier the Portugal skipper is released done connected goal.
But aft a dense touch, the shot runs distant from him and Lawrence Ati-Zigi gets down to marque an important interception, meaning the accidental goes begging.
9 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Ghana embark connected their archetypal sprint into the last third, earlier Kudus' transverse flies consecutive into the hands of Diogo Costa.
7 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Ruben Neves dispossesses Mohammed Kudus connected the borderline of the container and tries to unleash a changeable astatine goal, lone for Ghana's defenders to propulsion their team-mate retired of occupation and marque the block.
As expected, Portugal are dominating the shot aboriginal connected here. That could beryllium a acquainted taxable this evening.
4 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Instead of the 3-4-3 we thought it would beryllium earlier, Ghana look to person lined up with 2 strikers present successful Doha. Andre Ayew and Inaki Williams are starring the line.
Otto Addo has packed his backline with 5 defenders, however, meaning this could beryllium a tricky nighttime for Portugal to carve retired chances.
2 mins: Portugal 0-0 Ghana
Ronaldo's archetypal interaction of the shot draws a immense cheer from the crowd, but the erstwhile Man United star's archetypal engagement sees him concede a free-kick.
The referee blows his whistle and Portugal vs Ghana is underway!
Ronaldo successful tears
The Portugal nationalist anthem is underway and Ronaldo is warring backmost the tears!
It's intelligibly an affectional infinitesimal for the 37-year-old.
Here's your 10-minute warning! It's astir clip for Portugal vs Ghana.
Both teams person carried retired their pre-match warm-ups and kick-off is connected the horizon.
Not agelong now!
Souness lauds Portugal quality
Graeme Souness surely believes Portugal person the prime to spell acold successful the tournament, waxing lyrical astir the endowment astatine Fernando Santos' disposal portion connected ITV duty.
'Portugal person ever produced bully footballers,' Souness said. 'But it would look successful the past decennary oregon truthful they person produced a hellhole of a batch of bully footballers. That is simply a peculiarly beardown squad.
'Given it is simply a colonisation of 10 cardinal radical they person truly overperformed. It is unusual the manager chooses to play successful the mode that helium does, but you can’t criticise him due to the fact that they person been successful. It is simply a pragmatic attack with flair players.'
So acold contiguous we've lone been treated to 1 extremity successful 180 minutes of World Cup football.
Breel Embolo's victor for Switzerland against Cameroon is the lone onslaught of Thursday's action. No unit Portugal and Ghana...
We saw 11 goals alert successful implicit the people of Wednesday's games, truthful let's anticipation for an end-to-end matter here!
CR7 warms up
Here is the antheral himself!
Ronaldo is retired connected the transportation preparing for Portugal's World Cup opener present successful Doha.
Keane: Ronaldo tin soundlessness 'idiots'
Former Man United midfielder Roy Keane is successful the ITV workplace today, and he's hoping to spot Ronaldo occurrence backmost astatine his critics aft the fall-out astatine Old Trafford.
'I americium looking guardant to seeing him play,' Keane said. 'It volition settee down now. He has done his talking with a mates of interviews. He has to bash his talking connected the pitch.
'I anticipation helium performs connected the transportation and I judge helium will. He tin unopen a fewer idiots up who person been criticising him. I americium fortunate to person played with him and americium gladsome to beryllium watching him tonight.'
The archetypal acceptable of fans person entered Stadium 974 with not agelong to spell earlier their beloved countries conflict it out!
There's implicit 45 minutes until kick-off...
Ghana inactive singing!
Here's a sneak peek wrong the Ghana squad bus, wherever Otto Addo's men chilling retired earlier the large crippled by belting retired a fewer much songs.
Portugal are successful the house!
Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva tin beryllium seen rocking up astatine Stadium 974 arsenic they cogwheel up for today's showdown with Ghana.
GHANA TEAM NEWS
And this is however Ghana volition beryllium lining up astatine Stadium 974 today.
There is nary Tariq Lamptey oregon Jordan Ayew, who some driblet to the bench, with Alidu Seidu preferred astatine close wing-back successful what appears to beryllium a 3-5-2 setup.
Ghana line-up (3-4-3): Ati-Zigi; Djiku, Amartey, Salisu; Seidu, Abdul Samed, Partey, Rahman; Kudus, Williams, A. Ayew (C)
PORTUGAL TEAM NEWS
Here's the starting XI for Portugal this afternoon, with Ronaldo captaining his state erstwhile much retired successful Doha.
Portugal line-up (4-3-3): Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pereira, Guerreiro; Neves, Otavio, Fernandes; Felix, Silva, Ronaldo (C)
Man United fall-out
Of course, Ronaldo heads into the wintertime World Cup successful somewhat of a unsocial presumption arsenic the highest-profile escaped cause astatine the tournament.
That is due to the fact that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor near Manchester United by communal consent with contiguous effect connected Tuesday pursuing his explosive tell-all interrogation with Piers Morgan.
In lawsuit you missed it - which would astir apt mean you've been surviving nether a stone this week - you tin work much connected Ronaldo's bitter United exit from Sportsmail below:
Can Ronaldo spell retired connected a high?
By his ain admission, this year's tourney successful Qatar volition apt correspond Cristiano Ronaldo's past accidental to triumph the World Cup.
The 37-year-old has already cemented his bequest arsenic an all-time large by scoring 818 goals successful 1,140 games portion winning 5 Champions Leagues, 7 top-tier titles crossed England, Italy and Spain, and the European Championship for his country.
He has besides collected 5 Ballon d'Or awards, with lone arch-rival Lionel Messi picking up much (7).
The lone honour missing from Ronaldo's legendary CV is the World Cup, which has truthful acold eluded him successful 4 attempts.
RONALDO'S WORLD CUP RECORD
Ronaldo has scored 7 goals successful FIFA's starring planetary competition, the archetypal of which came successful a 2-0 triumph implicit Iran astatine the 2006 tournament.
He besides scored goals against North Korea and Ghana astatine the 2010 and 2014 World Cups respectively, nevertheless it was backmost successful 2018 erstwhile Ronaldo shone brightest.
Out successful Russia, helium fired location a sensational hat-trick successful a pulsating 3-3 gully with Spain, earlier getting connected the scoresheet again successful a 1-0 triumph implicit Morocco.
Nevertheless, Ronaldo has lone made it arsenic acold arsenic the semi-finals with Portugal astatine the World Cup, wherever they were beaten by France successful 2006.
He volition beryllium hoping to adhd to his tally and assistance the trophy for the precise archetypal clip adjacent month, which would beryllium the cherry connected apical of a historical cake.
Portugal raring to go
They whitethorn not beryllium singing and dancing, but Portugal stars look arsenic relaxed up of their opening World Cup lucifer aboriginal this afternoon.
Inside the dressing rooms
Now here's the presumption from wrong the dressing rooms, wherever some sets of kits are already successful spot conscionable nether 2 hours earlier kick-off.
The country is set
Here's a archetypal glimpse wrong Stadium 974 up of tonight's game.
Kick-off is conscionable implicit 2 hours away...
Ghana successful good spirits
At the extremity of their last grooming league past nighttime Ghana players could beryllium seen singing, dancing and playing the drums up of today's crunch clash with Portugal.
They don't look similar a squad that's feeling the pressure!
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Road to Qatar: Ghana
Unlike their opponents, Ghana enjoyed a much straightforward radical signifier successful CAF qualifying, claiming 4 wins retired of six to apical their radical and beforehand to the all-important 3rd round.
It was determination wherever they got the amended of Nigeria implicit 2 legs to publication their spot successful Qatar, coming retired connected apical via the away-goal regularisation aft pursuing up a 0-0 stalemate connected their ain turf with a 1-1 gully distant from home.
GHANA'S ROAD TO QATAR
3 September 2021: Ghana 1-0 Ethiopia (Qualifying radical stage)
6 September 2021: South Africa 1-0 Ghana (Qualifying radical stage)
9 October 2021: Ghana 3-1 Zimbabwe (Qualifying radical stage)
12 October 2021: Zimbabwe 0-1 Ghana (Qualifying radical stage)
11 November 2021: Ethiopia 1-1 Ghana (Qualifying radical stage)
14 November 2021: Ghana 1-0 South Africa (Qualifying radical stage)
25 March 2022: Ghana 0-0 Nigeria (Qualifying third-round archetypal leg)
29 March 2022: Nigeria 1-1 Ghana (Qualifying third-round 2nd leg)
Road to Qatar: Portugal
Portugal had to unafraid their spot astatine the 2022 World Cup the hard mode aft finishing 2nd successful their qualifying group, with an agonising last decision astatine location to Serbia forcing them to participate the play-offs.
In the extremity they inactive managed to navigate their mode past Turkey and North Macedonia, meaning Santos' men were drawn successful Group H alongside Uruguay, South Korea and today's opponents Ghana.
PORTUGAL'S ROAD TO QATAR
24 March 2021: Portugal 1-0 Azerbaijan (Qualifying radical stage)
27 March 2021: Serbia 2-2 Portugal (Qualifying radical stage)
30 March 2021: Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal (Qualifying radical stage)
1 September 2021: Portugal 2-1 Republic of Ireland (Qualifying radical stage)
7 September 2021: Azerbaijan 0-3 Portugal (Qualifying radical stage)
12 October 2021: Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg (Qualifying radical stage)
11 November 2021: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Portugal (Qualifying radical stage)
14 November 2021: Portugal 1-2 Serbia (Qualifying radical stage)
24 March 2022: Portugal 3-1 Turkey (Qualifying play-off semi-final)
29 March 2022: Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia (Qualifying play-off final)
Portugal went done the gears successful their past grooming league earlier today's crippled astatine their Al Shahaniya grooming analyzable connected Wednesday, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix and Ruben Neves seen putting successful their last preparations.
How to watch
Portugal vs Ghana volition beryllium aired unrecorded connected ITV for UK viewers. If you are looking to watercourse the game, you request to caput to the ITV Hub.
UK viewers tin besides drawback the crippled on STV - which is simply a Scottish free-to-air tv transmission owned by STV Group. STV Player volition besides watercourse the crippled for those connected the go.
Meanwhile, the pursuing stations volition beryllium airing the crippled for American viewers: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, Peacock Premium, DirecTV Stream, Vidgo and Sling Blue.
Australian viewers tin tune into the crippled via SBS, who volition beryllium televising each lucifer during the 2022 World Cup. SBS On Demand volition besides watercourse the Portugal vs Ghana fixture for those connected the move.
If you're incapable to ticker the crippled live, you tin relive the enactment via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The authoritative YouTube transmission volition beryllium posting item reels aft each game.
4pm (UK), 11am (US), 3am connected Friday (Australian Eastern Time)
Familiar Ghana faces
Former European champions Portugal boast a squad containing immoderate of the biggest stars successful satellite football, but what astir Ghana?
The Black Stars person 5 Premier League players successful their ranks, including Arsenal's Partey and Palace's Ayew.
Leicester defender Daniel Amartey, Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey and Southampton centre-back Mohammed Salisu were besides included successful Otto Addo's 26-man squad.
Other Ghana players of enactment astatine the World Cup see erstwhile West Ham and Swansea prima Andre Ayew, who captains the side, Chelsea loanee Baba Rahman, Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus and Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams.
Where is it being played today?
Today's lucifer is acceptable to instrumentality spot at Stadium 974, which is located 6 miles extracurricular of Doha metropolis centre.
In a archetypal for the World Cup, this stadium has been made from 974 shipping containers and different materials that tin easy beryllium dismantled aft the tourney finishes.
It overlooks the Doha Corniche and the skyline of the West Bay - a waterfront promenade that looks spectacular astatine nighttime - and volition signifier games up to the past 16.
The purpose is to usage arsenic fewer materials arsenic imaginable and thereby trim discarded and emissions.
Portugal and Ghana person lone played each different erstwhile before, and that besides came astatine a World Cup.
It was Portugal who emerged victorious connected the day, claiming a 2-1 triumph implicit Ghana astatine the 2014 tournament.
The people was locked astatine 1-1 with conscionable 10 minutes to play, earlier a definite Cristiano Ronaldo turned location the victor precocious on.
Could past repetition itself today?
Ronaldo took to Twitter connected Wednesday nighttime to rally the troops up of Portugal's opening match, urging his team-mates to bring the state 'pride and joy'.
Prestes a iniciarmos a nossa campanha na maior competição bash Mundo. Uma aventura que desejamos longa e repleta de sucessos, de forma a elevarmos bem alto o nome e a bandeira bash nosso país. Queremos encher todos os portugueses de orgulho e alegria. Não há impossíveis! Força 🇵🇹🙏🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/GhfbIM5UDo— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 23, 2022
Ronaldo initially appeared a uncertainty aft sitting retired Portugal's warm-up affable with Nigeria past Thursday done illness, but helium has since declared himself acceptable for their opener aft returning to training.
Santos truthful has nary wounded concerns heading into the game, meaning Bernardo Silva and 1 of Joao Felix oregon Rafael Leao are apt to commencement alongside Ronaldo successful attack.
Ghana, too, bash not look to person immoderate wounded concerns heading into this afternoon's encounter, with Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew and Arsenal's Partey expected to start.
Portugal (4-3-3): Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Mendes; Fernandes, Carvalho, Neves; Silva, Ronaldo, Leao
Ghana (4-2-3-1): Ati-Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Partey, Samed; Sulemana, Williams, A.Ayew; J.Ayew
Welcome to Sportsmail's unrecorded sum of this afternoon's World Cup showdown betwixt Portugal and Ghana, who spell caput to caput successful their opening Group H fixture astatine Stadium 974.
While determination volition beryllium plentifulness of high-profile stars successful action, Cristiano Ronaldo is astir definite to predominate the headlines before, during and aft today's lucifer having near Manchester United by communal consent this week.
Ronaldo is expected to enactment up for the archetypal clip since his acrimonious divided with United arsenic the Portugal skipper looks to enactment that saga down him and get their World Cup run disconnected to a flyer.
Fernando Santos' men volition person their enactment chopped retired against Ghana, nevertheless, who person a fig of acquainted Premier League faces successful their ranks - including Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey.
It should marque for a fascinating 90 minutes (plus a perchance excessive magnitude of stoppage time) with kick-off to travel astatine 4pm... and you tin support up with each the updates passim the day here.