Portugal Eye History as Ghana hand over rematch to Uruguay, South Korea could surprise
Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup includes Portugal, Ghana, South Korea and Uruguay, with the group stage being played from November 20 to December 2.
Portugal Analysis and Forecast:
Portugal headline Group H as the Iberian nation aim for their first-ever World Cup trophy. This is most certainly the last World Cup their talismanic captain Cristiano Ronaldo would be part of and, he would like to end his illustrious career with the greatest title of all.
Portugal has a balanced unit with star names in each region of the field. The talented marauding winger Jaoa Concelo lined up alongside Rueben Dias presents a solid back line.
Portugal have plenty of midfield talent in the form of Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches. The Navegadores seem like the ideal candidates to finish top of the group and progress to the next rounds, but Portugal, led by Ronaldo, will have so much more on their minds than just first place in their group as they reportedly intend to put your hand on the coveted trophy.
Guardians: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Rui Patricio (AS Roma)
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), João Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (Paris St Germain), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (SL Benfica), Nuno Mendes (Paris St Germain) , Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham FC), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mario (SL Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Vitinha (Paris St Germain) , William Carvalho (Real Betis), Otavio (FC Porto)
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), João Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (SC Braga), Gonçalo Ramos (FC Benfica), Andre Silva (RB Leipzig)
Coach: Fernando Santos
Ghana Analysis and Forecast:
The African nation that staged a heroic run in the 2010 World Cup until Luis Suarez’s deliberate handball broke Ghanaians’ hearts dooming them to defeat, will seek revenge as the draw between them again to Uruguay.
Ghana made three consecutive World Cup appearances in 2006, 2010 and 2014. However, the Black Stars failed to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia.
They earned their place in Qatar as CAF Third Round winners. Despite being arguably the weakest team in the group, the African nation will be looking to surprise and cause upheaval in this tricky group, especially against Uguruay.
The team consists of well-known names such as Thomas Partey, Mohammed Kudus, Inaki Williams and Jordan Ayew.
Guardians: Abdul Nurudeen (Eupen), Ibrahim Danlad (Asante Kotoko), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St. Gallen)
Defenders: Denis Odoi (Bruges), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reading) , Gideon Mensah (Auxerre)
Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Al-Sadd), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel Kofi Kyereh (Fribourg)
Attackers: Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting), Osman Bukari (Etoile Rouge Belgrade), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes)
Coach: Otto Addo
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South Korea Analysis and Forecast:
The Asian side, led by Tottenham Hotspur superstar Heung Min-Son, will enter their eleventh consecutive appearance at the World Cup in Qatar.
South Korea earned their place in Qatar after qualifying first in AFC Group A qualifying. They zipped through their qualifying campaign collecting 23 points from nine games to secure their place in Doha.
Son will be looking to help his side progress towards the eventual rounds, but a lack of depth and lack of experience against top-quality opposition could prove decisive in a complicated group.
South Korea team:
Guardians: Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabab), Jo Hyeon-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Song Bum-keun (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
Defenders: Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Hong Chul (Daegu FC), Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kim Young-gwon (Ulsan Hyundai), Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka), Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai), Cho Yu-min (Daejon Hana Citizen), Kim Min-jae (Napoli), Yoon Jong-gyu (FC Seoul)
Midfielders: Jung Woo-young (Al-Sadd), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos), Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul), Paik Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kwon Chang-hoon (Gimcheon Sangmu), Paik Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Jun-ho (Shandong Taishan), Jeong Woo-yeong (Fribourg), Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), Yang Hyun-jun (Gangwon FC)
Attackers: Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiacos), Cho Gue-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolves)
Coach: Paulo Bento
Uruguay Analysis and Prediction:
The historically special South American team, which won the first-ever FIFA World Cup trophy in 1930 and repeated the feat in 1950.
Their recent performances on the international stage have entertained viewers around the world as memories of Diego Forlan’s stunning performance in the 2010 World Cup are still fresh.
La Celeste have a strike force to be reckoned with, led by the villain of the 2010 game against Ghana, Suarez. Edinson Cavani will line up alongside his longtime attacking partner, whom the emergence of Darwin Nunez has further bolstered the team’s firepower.
The nation’s former coach, Osacar Tabarez, was replaced by Diego Alonso, who helped the nation in Qatar as he announced the team a fourth straight win after hopes looked dim.
Their midfield also looks quite solid, with UCL winner Federico Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur while defensive stalwart Diego Godin will lead the team from the back.
Uruguay are tipped to qualify for the Round of 16 in this interesting group along with the likes of Ghana and South Korea.
Guardians: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Sergio Rochet (Nacional), Sebastian Sosa (Independiente)
Defenders: Diego Godin (Velez Sarsfield), Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Martin Caceres (LA Galaxy), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Matias Vina (Roma), Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), Guillermo Varela (Flamengo), Mathias Olivera ( Napoli), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Nacional)
MidfieldersMatias Vecino (Lazio), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham Hotspur), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengo), Lucas Torreira (Galatasaray), Nicolas de la Cruz (River Plate), Manuel Ugarte (Sporting)
Attackers: Luis Suarez (Nacional), Edinson Cavani (Valencia), Maxi Gomez (Trabzonspor), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool), Facundo Torres (Orlando City), Facundo Pellistri (Manchester United), Agustin Canobbio (Athletico Paranaense)
Coach: Diego Alonso
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Group H schedule
Uruguay vs South Korea: November 24, 6:30 p.m. IST, Education City Stadium
Portugal v Ghana: November 24, 9:30 p.m. IST, Stadium 974
South Korea vs Ghana: November 28, 6:30 p.m. IST, Education City Stadium
Portugal vs Uruguay: November 29, 00:30 IST, Iconic Lusail Stadium
Ghana vs Uruguay: December 2, 8:30 p.m. IST, Al Janoub Stadium
South Korea vs Portugal: December 2, 8:30 p.m. IST, Education City Stadium
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