Portugal vs Ghana team news: Pepe returns in hope for Portuguese miracle against reshuffled Ghana side missing Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng
Ghanaian pair were sent home for disciplinary reasons, with Pepe returning from his own one-match suspension
Portugal defender Pepe returned to the starting line-up to face Ghana in their final World Cup Group G encounter having served his one-match suspension for his sending off after head-butting Germany’s Thomas Muller in their opening match.
Portugal must win and win big if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the second round, but Cristiano Ronalkdo has overcome any injury fears to start and with the Ballon d’Or winner in the side, anything is possible.
Ghana go into the match without two of their key players in midfielder Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng after they were sent home from the World Cup and suspended from the national team indefinitely for disciplinary reasons.
Muntari would have been suspended regardless, so Emmanuel Agyemang Badu comes into the starting line-up in place of the departed AC Milan star.
Portugal: Beto, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Ruben Amorim, Nani, Ronaldo, Eder.
Subs: Eduardo, Vieirinha, Ricardo Costa, Luis Neto, Rafa, Meireles, Varela.
Ghana: Dauda, Afful, Boye, Mensah, Asamoah, Atsu, Rabiu, Agyemang-Badu, Andre Ayew, Waris, Gyan.
Subs: Adams, Inkoom, Opare, Essien, Afriyie, Jordan Ayew, Adomah, Sumaila, Wakaso, Kwarasey.
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
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