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2014 World Cup: Ghana aim at taking full advantage of struggling Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal clash

Published on: 25 June 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo struggling with injury

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana look to capitalize on the dodgy fitness of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo when the two teams clash in the must-win final Group G game at the 2014 World Cup on Thursday.

The Black Stars need a comprehensive win over the European powerhouse to have any chance of advancing to the next stage of the competition of the tournament being staged in Brazil.

Ghana will however need to rely on the result in the other group game being played simultaneously between Germany and the USA in Manaus.

A Germany win, coupled with a comprehensive one from the Black Stars, will see Ghana through.

A draw or any other result in Manaus will however see Ghana eliminated no matter their margin of win against Portugal.

Ghana will however be coming up against an underperformed Portugal team with their inspirational captain Cristiano Ronaldo struggling with fitness issues.

And the Black Stars team look to take full advantage of this to ensure they get the desired result against Paulo Bento's side.

“We know he [Cristiano Rpnaldo] is fantastic player but he is yet to play 50 or 60 percent of his football in this tournament,” Ghana's assistant coach Maxwell Konadu said.

“We know he is not fully fit and we look to use that in our favour.”

Ghana has always advanced from the group stage since its debut participation at the World Cup in 2006 in Germany.

The Black Stars aimed at reaching higher heights than their quarter final finish at the last World Cup four years ago in South Africa.


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  • 2014 World Cup: Ghana aim at taking full advantage of struggling Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal clash | Sport Zone says:
    June 25, 2014 08:09 am
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  • Mumbi says:
    June 25, 2014 08:36 am
    Dogs always rely on others to do a job 4 them. BD's fits ghana very well. FIFA should ban this juju dogs to mingle with humans. Worshipers of witches like NANA KWAKU BONSAM.
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  • kwame says:
    June 25, 2014 09:15 am
    But it is not about Ronaldo only, as Portugal have other deadly players.AA should think deep, and employ real tactics, and play Ghana best legs than to think of only this dude.
  • Adjei nyarko says:
    June 25, 2014 09:25 am
    dog mumbi tink of yourso called useless national team and go away idiot
  • 21guns says:
    June 25, 2014 09:29 am
    Everyone is commenting without been aware that FIFA is trying to disable Africans ,look at what happened to the Ivory Coast ,that wasn't fair it was not a penalty it was never a penalty it hurt to see that. They know Africans never support each other they know we don't stand by each other so this unfair call will vanish just like in 2010 when Ghana won the game against Uruguay ,why didn't they introduce the goal line technology when Ghana was denied a goal by Suarez ,but they introduce it because the three lions clear goal was disallowed ? Africans can't ask questions Africans can't protest. What we know best is violence protesting ,our voice is useless to them ,the few who raise the smartest issues and unfairness is been tag as an enemy ,they use US to fight US ,cos we never supports each other . You will hear this from and you will not hear it anywhere because I will continue to say the truth ,we are not safe in their hands ,if you hate 21guns or not I will voice out the truth . We are not safe in their hands ,they control our leaders with their remote controls ,the make the kings and queens in Africa ,they chooses who should be this or that.back to the topic. Well as I say we are not safe I their yes and hands ,they know 4 African countries qualifying is a threat to the cup they know we will do wonders with four African countries . So they have diceded to disable able every move we makes ,distractions everywhere ,their plan is to reduce number of African countries ,making it out of the group stage , Ask yourself how many countries of the Europeans are In The groups , They are like we can't spend our money and European come for it hell no ,it won't happened ,how many referees are from Africa in the World Cup? How many Nigerians how many grains how many Egyptians are officiating ? Yet noo one is making issues about that ,FIFA can use his money to train African referees to be a great officials but FIFA will not and never will not he will use it to train his own and give us a flimsy excuses .referee can change a game ref can win a game refs can decide who wins ,FIFA knows all this ...I don't want to talk about this this time. What do you think of the penalty against Ivory Coast ,that penalty was against all the African teams ,PSYCHOLOGICALLY THEY ARE TELLING ALL THE REMAINING AFRICAN TEAMS THAT ANY LAST MISTAKE THEY WILL BE PUNISH IN THE BOX .THEY ARE PSYCHOLOGICALLY CALMING THE STRENGHT AND POWER OF OUR AFRICAN DEFENCE ,THEY WANT US HANDLE THEIR PALYERS LIKE AN EGG IN THE BOX INDIRECTLY ,that the meaning of the painful penalty against Ivory Coast ,THEY KILL YOUR JOY TO KILL YOUR HOPE OF ANYTHING ...IF AFRICAN DONT USE CAUSTION IT WILL BE A DISASTER FOR AFRICAN FOOTBALL . THEIR MEDIA AND COMMENTATORS ARE AGAINST US AND OUR MOVE THEY SUPPORT EVERY UNFAIRNESS AGAINST US AND POLSUH OT TOO LOOK GOOD IN OUR EYES . AFRICANS SHOULD WATCH OUT OF SMALL MISTAKES IN THE PENALTY BOXES IN GAMES LIKE THIS THEY WONT FORGIVE ,THEY ALREADY WANTS US OUT,THEY WILL TRY TO REDUCE OUR PLAYERS ,THEY WILL TRY TO ATTACK US VERBALLY ETC AFRICANS STAND BY YOUR BROTHERS WE ARE A THREAT This is 21guns Don't get it twisted
  • banger says:
    June 25, 2014 10:05 am
  • Dasaintshy says:
    June 25, 2014 10:35 am
    Is the Mumbi guy that is circumcise still here spewing hate? I need to publish an editorial about Zambians and how they don't circumcise, eat with two hands like animals and smells funky because of the circumcision and drink like asomodwe" ... Really shocked he has the nerve to call Ghanaians dogs. You guys even sleep with animals. Aboafunu... I have worked with a lot of Zambians in the United States, we didn't even use toilets with thesis weird people..
  • GHANAarmedROBBER says:
    June 25, 2014 10:39 am
    Sorry folks but Ghana will not qualify......its good to dream but I think its time we all wake up and tone down on our expectations on the BS......we had such expectations in AFCON 2012 and AFCON 2013 what happened????....Even when we had the compliments of all our golden generation players and hosted at hom in AFCON 2008 we still couldnt win the no matter how its hurts the die hard fans we WILL NOT qualify........truth........maybe its a reward for the way we celebrated our quarter final berth at the world cup in 2010 as if no other country has achieved such feat before.
  • 21gun s says:
    June 25, 2014 01:23 pm
    Super chickens of Nigeria boko haram will go home today lol ,super chickens chickens all the way home lol
  • Daruber says:
    June 25, 2014 03:37 pm
    uper chickens of Nigeria boko haram<img src="" height="1" width="1" / <img src="
  • mikron says:
    June 26, 2014 12:11 am
    @21 guns we re still in unlike ur gayna cheap team that will be booted out by Ghana, look at how u contradicted urself above, after posting such wonderful words about Africans supporting ourselves in this world cup u now turn back to ur vomit. u come to our site kickoff Nigeria and pretend like a nice unbiase guy (u can never fool me) yet show ur hate here. i will direct kickoff fans to this page to read ur hateful post, u re a hypocrite. we re already in the round of 16, ur team is not good enough. juju team
  • mikron says:
    June 26, 2014 12:12 am
    that will be booted out by Portugal i meant
  • Soccer Brian says:
    June 26, 2014 03:00 am
    Micron I was glad the super green chickens went thru just for African sake but the truth is you chickens do not deserve it for the clean goal against you which saw your 3 point against Bosnia , for 16 year you have never make it out of the group stage it terrible you know the great black star the best in Africa is still better than you. Accept it so your soul will be free from hurt and bitterness . The Mumbai Zambia dude I want you to know bitterness kills so be wise Zambia was kicked out by the best in Africa go try somewhere else but not with Ghana , you team copper. Bullet cannot get close to the stars in the heavenlie. Be wise .