Portugal vs. Ghana: Live Player Ratings

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo goes close with a header during the group G World Cup soccer match between Portugal and Ghana at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winner 10 minutes from time, but Portugal still exited the World Cup along with Ghana despite a 2-1 win in Brasilia.

John Boye's own goal gave the Portuguese the lead, Asamoah Gyan then equalised in the second half, but Ronaldo struck the winner following poor defending.

Here are the ratings:


Portugal Player Ratings

Beto 6 6
Joao Pereira 6 5
Bruno Alves 5 6
Pepe 6 7
Ruben Amorim 6 5
Joao Moutinho 7 7
William Carvalho 5 5
Miguel Veloso 6 6
Nani 5 5
Eder 4 4
Cristiano Ronaldo 8 8
Silvestre VarelaN/A 7
VieirinhaN/A 6


Portugal First-Half Analysis

Beto: Hasn't had too much to do but has been a calm influence.

Joao Pereira: Has gotten forward when he's needed to.

Bruno Alves: Needs to keep a closer eye on Gyan's fine movement.

Pepe: Has slotted back in well.

Ruben Amorim: Another who isn't afraid to get forward.

Joao Moutinho: Showed great composure in the build-up to the goal.

William Carvalho: Has looked a little overawed at times. Not showing strength he's capable of.

Miguel Veloso: Devilish cross forced the own goal.

Nani: Disappointing. Seems addicted to overhitting passes.

Eder: Completely anonymous.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Thriving in his central role and unlucky not to score with an effort that hit the bar. Should have scored with a header.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is challenged by Harrison Afful of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pr
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Portugal Second-Half Analysis

Beto: Didn't have a chance with Gyan's goal. Limped off late on.

Joao Pereira: Went off just after the hour mark.

Bruno Alves: Thankful that Pepe has greater movement.

Pepe: Looked like he'd never been away.

Ruben Amorim: Clearly a valuable member of his side but could do more.

Joao Moutinho: Kept things ticking over well.

William Carvalho: Raw and a little erratic at times.

Miguel Veloso: Faded after a decent first half.

Nani: Disappointing. Capable of so much but is so frustrating.

Eder: Very poor.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Should have had three or four goals but took his one ruthlessly.

Silvestre Varela: Had a decent impact when he came on. Always forward-thinking.

Vieirinha: Neat and tidy.

Eduardo: Came on late.


Ghana Player Ratings 

Fatawu Dauda 6
Harrison Afful 6 6
John Mensah 5 6
John Boye 5 7
Kwadwo Asamoah 5 7
Mohammed Rabiu 6 5
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu 6 5
Christian Atsu 7 6
Andre Ayew 6 6
Majeed Waris 5 6
Asamoah Gyan 7 7
Jordan AyewN/A 6
Afriyie AcquahN/A 5
Mubarak WakasoN/A5


Ghana First-Half Analysis

Fatawu Dauda: Brilliant save from Ronaldo's header and a brilliant celebration of it.

Harrison Afful: Hasn't stopped crosses.

John Mensah: Needs to take charge more at the back.

John Boye: Erratic. Unlucky with the own goal, but then it almost happened again.

Kwadwo Asamoah: Not getting forward enough.

Mohammed Rabiu: Being overrun by better players.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu: Not enough of an influence.

Christian Atsu: Lively. Always wanting the ball.

Andre Ayew: Not having enough of an impact. Is better than this.

Majeed Waris: Disappointing and largely anonymous.

Asamoah Gyan: Great movement. His side's best chance of a goal.

Martin Mejia/Associated Press


Ghana Second-Half Analysis

Fatawu Dauda: He's certainly unique and did well, Will be disappointed with the winner, though.

Harrison Afful: Fairly average display.

John Mensah: Didn't show enough leadership at the back.

John Boye: Deserves praise for getting over the own goal and throwing himself at any Portuguese attacker he could find.

Kwadwo Asamoah: Did exactly what we told him to do at half-time. Got forward and made a goal.

Mohammed Rabiu: Struggled against a high calibre of opposition.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu: Not enough of an influence again.

Christian Atsu: Wanted the ball. Free to run at defenders but not quite good enough to beat them.

Andre Ayew: Got better the longer the game went on.

Majeed Waris: Missed a great chance to put his side 2-1 up.

Asamoah Gyan: A well-taken goal. Now the World Cup's top-scoring African.

Jordan Ayew: Typically lively.

Afriyie Acquah: Put his foot in.

Mubarak Wakaso: Energetic.


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