The only previous meeting between Portugal and Ghana was in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo helped the home team win 2-1.
Portugal only won 3 of the last 14 matches at the World Cup (drawn 6, lost 5), all in the group stage. The last time they won the knockout round was in June 2006, beating the Netherlands 1-0.
Portugal have not won any of their last three World Cup opening matches (draw 2, lose 1).
This will be Ghana’s fourth time participating in the World Cup, with all three previous occasions taking place in the 21st century; they only failed to qualify for the group stage once, in Brazil 2014.
Ghana reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, equaling the best record of an African team at the tournament, with Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002.
Ghana scored in the last 5 matches at the World Cup. They could become the third African team to score in six consecutive World Championships, after South Africa (6; between 1998 and 2010) and Nigeria (8; between 1994 and 1998).
All 7 goals of Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup were scored in the group stage. The Portuguese captain is the player who has scored the most goals in the tournament without a goal in the knockout stages scoring in the knockout stages (six knockout appearances without scoring). ).
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of only four players to score at four different World Cups, along with Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose (Messi has just joined this list, in his fifth appearance). No player has scored in five different events.
This will be Fernando Santos’ fourth major international tournament as Portugal coach. In the previous three tournaments (2 Euros and World Cup 2018), they all made it through the group stage, although they were eliminated in the round of 16 in the last two.
If he participates in this World Cup, the captain of Ghana, Andre Ayew, will become the player who has played for the most African team at the tournament (8; currently 7).
Ghana coach Otto Addo competed and won two matches at the 2006 World Cup, against USA (2-1) and Czech Republic (2-0).