November 25, 2022, 12 AM SGT
Portugal lost their remaining two qualifying matches, allowing them to finish in second place in Group A, with their final match at home against Serbia ending in a 1-2 loss that served as the knockout blow that sent them into the playoffs.
Portugal qualified for their sixth straight World Cup after a 3-1 victory against Turkey in their opening match. They were expected to face Italy for a spot in the tournament, but the European Champions lost to North Macedonia.
However, they have struggled in recent tournaments, losing in the Round of 16 in 2010 and 2014 and the Group Stages in 2014. The 2016 European Champions lost to Belgium in the quarterfinals of the 2017 European Championships.
Group H - 25 Nov - 00:00
Stadium 974 - Ras Abu Aboud, Doha Qatar
Portugal - (-1,0) 1.92
Ghana - (+1,0) 1.89
Group H - 29 Nov - 01:30
Lusail Stadium - Lusail, Qatar
Portugal - (-0.5,0) 2.09
Uruguay - +0.5,0) 1.75
Group H - 02 Dec - 23:00
Education City Stadium - Education City, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Key Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Ronaldo has had an incredible career, representing his country about 200 times and netting more than 100 goals since his debut in 2003.
It's likely that this World Cup will be the last for the 37-year-old, who will be looking to help his country repeat its victory at the 2016 European Championships. No other player has ever scored more than the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's 800 senior goals for both his country and club.