Portugal coach praises Ghana squad ahead of World Cup

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 8 Dec 2013

Portugal coach has words of praise for Ghana and the United States after they were drawn in Group G of next year's World Cup finals

Paulo Bento
Portugal coach Paulo Bento (Photo: Reuters)

Portugal coach Paulo Bento revealed after the draw that his Group G of the 2014 World Cup is a tough one, with organised teams.

"It’s a tight group with a favourite - Germany - because of their history and potential," Bento said.

Ghana, who qualified for the 2014 World Cup after beating Egypt 7-3 on aggregate, are in Group G of the tournament finals alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

"Both USA and Ghana have good teams, well-organised and good players in some of the best European teams," Portugal's coach added.

The 44-year-old tactician said that Portugal's experienced players can make the difference in this tournament as they will fight to reach the round of 16.

"But our ambition does not depend on the group. We want to be in the round of 16 and that’s what will fight for," Bento concluded.

Fixtures of Group G matches in the 2014 World Cup:

(Times are GMT)

June 16

Germany v Portugal, Salvador (1300)

Ghana v United States, Natal (1900)

June 21

Germany v Ghana, Fortaleza (1600)

June 22

United States v Portugal, Manaus (1500)

June 26

United States v Germany, Recife (1300)

Portugal v Ghana, Brasilia (1300)

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