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Andre Dede Ayew, captain of the Black Stars, says they’re excited to face Portugal of their World Cup group opener in Qatar.

Andre Ayew mentioned at a pre-match information convention that the Black Stars wish to start their marketing campaign with a victory in opposition to Portugal on Thursday in Group H.

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He believes the encounter in opposition to Portugal can be tough, however the Black Stars will show their pedigree on the sector for 90 minutes. He mentioned that the squad has labored exhausting and is able to compete with the most effective.

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“Everyone knows that if we’re going to get into this sport, Portugal is the one who’s favourite on paper.

“However after, we have now to indicate that on paper just isn’t what’s going to occur on the pitch so we’re prepared.

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“We’re prepared and we all know we’re taking part in an enormous facet who had been European Champions some years again who’ve high gamers. However we consider in ourselves and we all know what’s forward of us and we’re going to do every part to make it tough for them,’” he acknowledged on the pre-game convention.

Portugal will probably be searching for to enhance on their 2018 World Cup efficiency, which noticed them eradicated within the second spherical by Uruguay.

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The Selecao is taken into account one of many favorites to win the event, nevertheless, they’ve solely made it to the semi-finals twice of their historical past (1966 and 2006).

In the meantime, after lacking the 2018 version in Russia, Ghana is again on the best platform. The Black Stars are competing of their fourth World Cup after qualifying in 2006.

Ghana has a stable World Cup file, having certified from their group twice earlier than, together with the 2010 World Cup, after they reached the quarter-finals.

Head-to-Head

That is the second time the 2 sides will meet on the World Cup after they clashed in 2014, with Portugal profitable 2-1 on that day.

Portugal’s kind (WWLWLW)

Ghana’s kind (WDLLWW)

Each side head into the sport in nice kind after profitable their warmup video games earlier than the event.

Ghana surprised Switzerland, whereas Portugal secured a dominant victory over Nigeria

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