2022-11-25 09:00:00

World Cup 2022: Kudus is no Neymar but Ghana star holds the keys to Round of 16 prospects

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By Oluwaseye Omidiora

Away from all the online outrage that followed Portugals 3-2 success over Ghana on Thursday, there must be an analysis of Otto Addos approach and Mohammed Kudus performance.

The Black Stars plan before the start seemed obvious once the line-ups were released and observers pre-game postulation appeared correct from the get-go.

Ghana played a 5-3-2 (which effectively morphed into a 5-4-1 at times with Andre Ayew dropping into midfield) and defended deep, limiting space for the Selecao who struggled to fashion quality openings after two Cristiano Ronaldo chances three minutes apart in the 10th and 13th.

On the one hand, it was not lost on anyone that Portugal had only Expected Goals of 0.65 in the first half and their only shot on target after Ronaldos 10th-minute attempt was Otavios effort from outside the box in the 36th minute, suggesting the much-fancied European nation were struggling to break down the competitions lowest-ranked side.

On the other, it was jarring that the West Africans had no single attempt in the opening half, causing criticism of Addos modus operandi. Ghana had successfully limited Portugal but it came at the expense of their attacking play.

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