As Group H’s final matchday approaches, one can expect a dramatic finish when Ghana takes on Uruguay for what could be the final qualification spot in the group.
A rematch of the infamous quarter-final match between Ghana and Uruguay in 2010’s World Cup will take place Dec. 2 at Al Janoub stadium. This will be one of the two final Group H matches with Portugal and South Korea kicking off in Ar-Rayyan simultaneously.
Many football fans are gearing up for one of the most anticipated matches of the group stage with this essentially serving as a knockout game. While South Korea still possesses an outside shot to qualify, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese side are expected to end all hopes of Son Heung-min and co. seeing the Round of 16.
Ghana have scored in their last seven World Cup games and could equal Nigeria’s record of eight for an African nation at the tournament, set between 1994 and 1998.
If they are to win, Kudus will likely play a key role once again. He is the only player to ever score twice in a World Cup match for the Black Stars, and another goal in the tournament would see him match Gyan’s record haul of three goals in a single edition of the World Cup for Ghana.
His first goal against South Korea ended a passing sequence of 31 uninterrupted passes – a World Cup record for Ghana.
Arguably one of the form midfielders in world football over the past year, Valverde was limited to having just one shot and making one key pass against Portugal.
But the Real Madrid star has the ability to take the game away from Ghana if, along with Rodrigo Bentancur, he can win the midfield battle.
Bentancur won possession 19 times against Portugal, the most by a player in a 90-minute World Cup match since Brazil’s Mauro Silva in 1994 against the United States.
Despite Uruguay’s disappointing start in Qatar, our match prediction model still makes them favourites for this one, ranking their chances of victory against the Ghanaian side.