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    Portugal - Ghana 2:1 (1:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    26 June 2014 Brasilia /Estadio Nacional 13:00 67540
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    SMORENBURG Henny (NED)
    Fifth Official
    CLAVIJO Humberto (COL)
    Referee
    SHUKRALLA Nawaf (BHR)
    Assistant Referee 1
    TULEFAT Yaser (BHR)
    Assistant Referee 2
    SALEH Ebrahim (BHR)
    Fourth Official
    ROLDAN Wilmar (COL)
    Match Commissioner
    ALVAREZ Inaki (ESP)

    Total Goals scored

    John BOYE (GHA) 31' Own goal, Asamoah GYAN (GHA) 57' , CRISTIANO RONALDO (POR) 80'


    Portugal

    Ghana
    22
    BETO (GK) (-89')
    16
    DAUDA (GK)
    2
    B. ALVES
    3
    A. GYAN (C)
    3
    PEPE
    7
    ATSU
    4
    MIGUEL
    8
    BADU
    6
    WILLIAM
    10
    A. AYEW (-81')
    7
    RONALDO (C)
    17
    RABIU (-76')
    8
    J. MOUTINHO
    18
    WARIS (-71')
    11
    ÉDER (-69')
    19
    JONATHAN
    17
    NANI
    20
    K. ASAMOAH
    20
    R. AMORIM
    21
    BOYE
    21
    J. PEREIRA (-61')
    23
    HARRISON
    Substitutes Substitutes
    1
    EDUARDO (GK) (+89')
    1
    S. ADAMS (GK)
    12
    RUI PATRICIO (GK)
    12
    KWARASEY (GK)
    10
    VIEIRINHA (+69')
    2
    INKOOM
    13
    R. COSTA
    4
    D. OPARE
    14
    NETO
    5
    ESSIEN
    15
    RAFA
    6
    ACQUAH (+76')
    16
    R. MEIRELES
    13
    J. AYEW (+71')
    18
    VARELA (+61')
    14
    ADOMAH
    9
    H. ALMEIDA
    15
    SUMAILA
    19
    A. ALMEIDA
    22
    WAKASO (+81')
    23
    H. POSTIGA
    11
    MUNTARI
    5
    F. COENTRÃO
    9
    PRINCE
    Coach Coach
    PAULO BENTO (POR) APPIAH James (GHA)

    Cautions

    Harrison AFFUL (GHA) 39' , Majeed WARIS (GHA) 55' , Jordan AYEW (GHA) 78' , Joao MOUTINHO (POR) 94'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Ronaldo downs Ghana but Portugal crash out

    Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed Portugal a 2-1 win over Ghana in Brasilia, but it was insufficient to keep them from crashing out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ on goal difference. Asamoah Gyan’s 57th-minute header had cancelled out John Boye’s first-half own-goal before the FIFA Ballon d’Or holder’s late settler, but Paulo’s Bento’s side would have required at least another three goals without reply to pip USA to second place in Group G. A game both sides began with hope of reaching the knockout phase quickly got going. Ronaldo’s pace got him away down the right. A cross seemed inevitable, but the 29-year-old looked up, noticed the keeper slightly off his line and, from a seemingly impossible angle, struck an audacious, astonishing strike that looped over Fatau Dauda but came back off the crossbar.

    A few minutes later Ronaldo unleashed a trademark free-kick, which moved as it fizzed through the air and was parried behind by the Ghana goalkeeper. Ronaldo then headed straight at Dauda from point-blank range, following a superb right-wing cross from Joao Pereira. Ghana instantly counter-attacked. Gyan did well to hold off Bruno Alves, but his close-range shot was repelled by the legs of Portugal keeper Beto. The first half-hour had somehow finished goalless, but the deadlock wouldn’t remain much longer. Portugal's opener came about after Joao Moutinho did exceptionally to retain possession and feed Ruben Amorim, whose left-wing cross was sliced into his own net by John Boye.

    Amorim then dragged his shot narrowly wide from just inside the box, before Atsu cut in from the left but failed to keep his curler on target, ensuring Portugal carried a slender lead in at the break. That advantage lasted just 12 minutes into the second half. Andre Ayew did well to free Kwadwo Asamoah down the left, and his cross with the outside of his boot was headed home at the back post by Gyan. Ghana should have been in front moments later. Gyan’s cross found the unmarked Mahed Waris six yards out, but he headed wide when it appeared easier to score.

    Asamoah, Gyan and Agyeman Badu all tried their luck but failed to trouble Beto, before Portugal were gifted a goal on 80 mnutes. Jonathan Mensah headed a Nani cross up in the air and Fatau, rather than catching it, flapped it straight into the path of Ronaldo, who slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Portugal needed a goal-blitz and they attacked relentlessly thereafter, but Boye made a fine block to deny Ronaldo and 2-1 is how it finished, eliminating both teams from a highly competitive group.

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    Portugal-Ghana: Quotes

    Paulo Bento, Portugal coach
    Our first match [the 4-0 defeat versus Germany] was crucial, due to the impact it had on us on every level - both on our morale and because it was a very heavy defeat, which meant we had a significant goal-difference handicap. It’s true that we had chances against United States, when we were the better team, but we didn't put them all away. That forced us into a situation where we’d have to score a lot of goals [to qualify for the Round of 16], which is very difficult to do. Even in today’s game we had the chances to have racked up a bigger score. But it was what happened in the first game that proved decisive and which left its mark on us, even in terms of our preparations.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal captain and Budweiser Man of the Match
    We tried to do our best at this tournament, but we weren’t able to. Today was a must-win game and we won it. We created a lot of chances. We knew that if Germany were to win by a goal [versus USA] we needed to score four, and we created enough to have done that. The feeling we’re left with is that it could have been done, because we created enough chances. We leave here with our heads held high.

    James Kwesi Appiah, Ghana coach
    The disciplinary incidents of the past few days didn’t have any impact on our performance. I think that, if you compare it with the team we had at the 2010 World Cup, this side is quite a lot younger – in that team we’d had players who’d been preparing for years. But we’re growing in confidence and we’re building a nice team for the future.

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