Group H: The last World Cup dance of "CR7"
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For Cristiano Ronaldo, like his eternal and greatest rival, Lionel Messi, Qatar-2022 will be his fifth and last World Cup. The Portuguese player arrives at this appointment at the worst sporting moment for him, while his team has good chances of lifting the trophy.

The Iberian eleven was framed in the H bracket, along with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana. Despite the fact that it is a balanced group, the Lusitanos have enough quality in their ranks to dominate the section.

“CR7”, at 37, retains his scoring nose, but does not live his best present, since he did not know how to adapt to a secondary role at Manchester United and as a starter he barely scored at the opposite goal. To that was added the loss of one of his twins, a hard blow for him. His quality is beyond doubt, however, it is necessary to see if psychologically this whole situation affects his performance with his country.

Beyond Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has launched its candidacy for champion. Unlike previous matches in which they brought together a good team to go to the round of 16 or the quarterfinals, now they have better conditions and will fight for the cup.

Excellent midfield, solid defence, depth on the wings, effective striker and ample replacement options, distinguish a cast that learned to lift trophies.

If they go from first it is likely that they will only see European rivals from the round of 16, with Serbia, Spain and France on their way. They will not stop until the final, in which they will find the efficiency of Germany.

Four years ago Uruguay eliminated Portugal in the round of 16. Now they share a key and both are expected to enter the next phase without major shocks.

The charrĂșas are one of the oldest casts, with several players over 30 years old. His proposal did not vary much between one World Cup and another, although he changed his national coach.

They bet on playing against the ball, being effective on stopped balls and putting pressure on the opponent all over the pitch. Its defense is veteran, but it is a hard wall to destroy. They don’t have a game organizer, but the work they do for the Facundo Pellistri and Federico Valverde bands can make the difference to win.

Brazil takes away their World Cup dream in the round of 16, although Uruguay knows how to humiliate the canarinha. If the celestial one falls, she will be with honor.

South Korea does not have players with great physique, but tactically they are disciplined. In the memory it remained when they were a docile eleven. His football evolved, and today he has dozens of players in Europe.

In their ranks is one of the most underrated stars in football. Heung Min Son is doubtful for the first two games due to a facial injury. If he manages to recover in time, his team will gain in quality on the field. The verticality in the contras can help them give some surprise. They miss out.

Ghana is the opposite of the South Koreans, their footballers are physically powerful, but they lack discipline on the field. Defense is its biggest handicap, since it tends to leave spaces against higher-ranking opponents. He must not go beyond H.

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