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2014 World Cup: Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo will be key- Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has stressed the need to stop Cristiano Ronaldo if his side are to win Thursday’s crucial final Group G match at the 2014 World Cup.

The Real Madrid star is yet to click into gear at the tournament but Appiah says he deserves special attention.

But the reigning World Footballer of the Year showed glimpses of his talent when he superbly sent in a cross for Varela to score an injury-time equalizer in the 2-2 draw with USA.

“Ronaldo is the best player in the world and everyone acknowledges that,” Appiah admitted.

“It’s important that we don’t allow him to have his own way in the game because he will always punish you.”

Ghana have one point in the Group and need a win  in Brasilia while they hope either Germany or USA lose heavily.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ampomah Emmanuel says:

    So far as God is concern blackstars shall make it to the top four of the 2014 Fifa Worldcup Brazil.

  2. NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:

    hasn’t KWEKU BONSAM done enough????? kwasiaaaaa coach..
    Ofui kawanotum

  3. African Consciousness says:

    Play Afful on the left full back and Kwadwo Asamoah at left half back and they will nutralize Ronaldo. If you are not planning on resting Dede then he can also get the job done. You could also hand Rabiu the full time job of staying with Ronaldo throughout the whole game.

    • Zambie 1 says:

      I can only wish Gnana all the best but caution is that you should not take it for granted that your team will wallop Portugal!!! They might have other plans for you guys.

  4. bawah says:

    ESSIEN CAN DO THAT TO AVOID PENALTIES!

  5. Osundina Seyi Ademola says:

    For thursday Ghana final group match,I will advice Black star to play safe at back and be well charge in the front and attack timly with all eye open.Wishing you the very best and may your best take you to the promise land.Luv African

  6. Osundina Seyi Ademola says:

    For thursday Ghana final group match,I will advice Black star to play safe at back and be well charge in the front and attack timly with all eye open.Wishing you the very best and may your best take you to the promise land.Luv Africans

  7. Johnny says:

    How about this, Kwesi Appiah: “Ghana scoring more goals by fielding the right strikers will be the key”? Pair up Gyan and Waris upfront, with KPB, Atsu and Dede pushing behing the front pair. Pile pressure on the feeble Potugal defense early and rae in goal EARLY.

    DO NOT START THE GAME LOOKING AT WHAT Ronaldo will do and react to him! Let Portugal and Ronaldo worry about what Ghana is doing to them!