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Portugal vs. Ghana: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and 2014 World Cup Preview

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Asamoah Gyan of Ghana celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Ghana at Castelao on June 21, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

The race for the last 16 is well and truly on in Group G, with both Portugal and Ghana still in with realistic chances of progressing.

Though the USA currently hold second place in the group, a victory by the right margin for either side in Brasilia together with a loss for the Americans will mean a place in the last 16.

Both sides will fancy their chances of doing just that, and with so much at stake it’s bound to be a thriller in the Brazilian capital.

 

Venue: Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia

Date: Thursday, June 26

Time: 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET

TV Info: BBC (TBC)/ESPN2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer/ESPN Player

 

Portugal to Fight until the Bitter End

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Portugal were a matter of seconds away from being eliminated from the World Cup during their 2-2 draw with USA on Sunday, but Silvestre Varela’s last-gasp equaliser kept them in the tournament by the skin of their teeth.

The 29-year-old stooped to head Portugal level, earning them a crucial point, but it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s pin-point cross that did the damage—as Jason deVos remarked upon:

Ronaldo hasn’t exactly had his way in the World Cup so far, failing to make an impact against both Germany and USA in Group G.

However, big games call for big players, and while Ronaldo may be quiet at times, he has the ability to change a game in a split second—his cross for Varela proved as much.

The Porto star’s finish was excellent, and it showed the kind of grit and belief that he says the Portuguese must show once again if they’re to progress—per FIFA.com:

Things still look pretty bleak for us. We wanted the win and we’re a bit down about how the game went. We have to keep on believing though. Playing for Portugal gives us strength and we’ll fight till the last minute. That’s what the team did. We battled and battled, even if it wasn’t enough to get the win. We now have to go and win our last game and hope that things happen elsewhere.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: Silvestre Varela of Portugal celebrates scoring his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Ama
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Winning their last game will mean disposing of a Ghana side that have a habit of shaking up proceedings in the World Cup and looked good value for their point against Germany on Saturday.

Their free-flowing, attacking football had the highly rated Germans on the ropes for large spells of a match that’s been labelled by many as the most entertaining of the World Cup so far—including Simon Cowell:

That’s no surprise, though, Ghana bring something special to the world stage, and their exciting tactics are matched by their superb celebratory dance moves, as Super 6 revealed:

Thursday’s match is one whereby both teams need to go all out for the victory, but the setup that Ghana manager James Kwesi Appiah has means that the African nation never go for anything else.

Their front line of Christian Atsu, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan has caused defences endless trouble already, with the latter pair helping themselves to goals.

Ayew has scored in both of Ghana’s matches so far, and with Portugal’s defence looking easy to breach, he’ll be confident of adding to his tally on Thursday.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Andre Ayew of Ghana celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Ghana at Castelao on June 21, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty
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Ghana’s goal difference means that any win should be enough to see them through in the event of a USA loss, but it’s never as simple as that.

Both sides will be so desperate to win that it could be an incredibly open game, with goals once again raining down on Group G.

Portugal’s form suggests that they won’t have enough to cross the line, particularly with Ronaldo not at full fitness, and Ghana may just have the final say on proceedings.

Prediction: Portugal 2-3 Ghana

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