Ghana’s chances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will depend on their final Group H match against Uruguay on Friday, December 2.
The Black Stars lost in stunning style to Portugal 3-2 in their opener, then were involved in another five-point barrage as they came back to equalize their goal difference with a 3-2 victory after being held back by South Korea. .
This leaves the team in a good position as Ghana try to make it to the third stage of their four-match exit in the finals.
As they prepare for the decider against the two-time champions, here are the concessions of Otto Addo and his players.
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Is Ghana still eligible?
Ghana are in the knockout stages after two games, three points behind leaders Portugal and two points above Uruguay and South Korea in a strong group that will go down to the final day.
They could finish in any of the four places in the group, depending on their results and those of their rivals.
What happens if Ghana wins?
Ghana are guaranteed a place in the Round of 16 if they beat Uruguay, regardless of their group result.
They will lead the team to a win, Portugal lose and there is more than a one-goal margin between them winning and the Selecao being beaten.
If they win, Portugal lose and there is a one-point difference between the results, they will finish first if they score more goals on the night than the team managed by Cristiano Ronaldo.
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What happens if Ghana draws?
The draw will be enough if South Korea can claim their first win in the group stage against a guaranteed-to-qualify Portugal side.
If South Korea achieves a surprise win, there will be a point difference: South Korea will go past Ghana if they win by more than one point or, if they win by one point, they do not score more than three times.
If South Korea win 3-2, the qualifiers will be the lowest on record between Ghana and South Korea – sending Addo’s side on the back of their wins when the teams meet.
What happens if Ghana loses?
Ghana cannot reach the knockout stage by beating Uruguay. Diego Alonso’s side will find themselves victorious and will only be denied second place if South Korea beat Portugal.
After Portugal’s victory over Uruguay, Opta showed Ghana’s chances of reaching the Round of 16 at 45.1 percent. Uruguay was given 46.2 percent, with Portugal 100 percent and South Korea 8.8 percent.
World Cup Group H table and results
Here’s how Group H looks after Portugal beat Uruguay 2-0 in their next group game on November 28.
|4. South Korea||1||2||1||1||2||3||-1|
When is Ghana playing Uruguay?
The match will be held on the second day of December 2022, with both the group stage matches being held at the same time.
Group H World Cup Matches
|Date||The game||Time (ET)||Stadium|
|Thursday, November 24th||Uruguay 0-0 South Korea||HIGHLIGHTS||Education City|
|Thursday, November 24th||Portugal 3-2 Ghana||HIGHLIGHTS||Stadium 974|
|Monday, November 28||South Korea 2-3 Ghana||HIGHLIGHTS||Education City|
|Monday, November 28||Portugal 2-0 Uruguay||N/A||Lusail|
|Friday, Dec. 2||Ghana vs. Uruguay||10 a.m||Al Janaub|
|Friday, Dec. 2||South Korea vs. Portugal||10 a.m||Education City|
Ghana’s World Cup record
Ghana have made it to four of their last five World Cup finals and are eyeing a place in the playoffs for the third time.
They were the only African team to reach this stage of the tournament in 2006, but Ronaldo’s opener after five minutes saw Brazil beat 3-0 in Dortmund.
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An extra-time win over the USA put them ahead four years later, when they were only beaten on penalties by Uruguay in Johannesburg, leading to a 1-1 draw.
The USA got their revenge in 2014 with an 86th-minute winner as Ghana lost 2-1 in their first group game, and their respectable campaign ended with a 2-2 draw against Germany and a 2-1 loss to Portugal, when Cristiano Ronaldo . scored the perfect goal in the 80th minute.
Ghana need one more goal at the 2022 tournament to equal their record number of appearances in the finals, having already equaled the five they scored in 2010.
|World Cup||Level reached||Record
|1966||You have withdrawn||–||–|
|1982||You have withdrawn||–||–|
*He did not enter
**You are not eligible