Ronaldo needs a miracle.
With the No 1 ranked team in the world already home, it would be in keeping with these finals if the No 1 player in the world followed suit after a similarly disappointing first-round exit.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can have few complaints if that is the case after their opening 4-0 thrashing against the Germans left them with a proverbial mountain to climb.
The Group of Death has proved the most enlivening of all and for the Iberians to still have a chance of qualifying is an achievement in itself after they were also outplayed for large parts of their 2-2 draw with the USA.
Ronaldo was again subdued for much of that game but did show a touch of class with a superb cross for Sivester Varela’s last-gasp equalizing header.
A draw in the other Group G match between Germany and USA will make matters here irrelevant but that will not stop the Ghanaians giving their all.
They kept going to the end in their spirited display against Germany and, knowing only a win will do here, we can expect more of the same.
Asamoah Gyan drew level with Cameroon’s Roger Milla as the all-time leading African goalscorer with his fifth finals goal last Saturday, while alongside him Andre Ayew has been in similarly impressive form, scoring his second goal of the tournament with a superb header in the same game.
Kwesi Appiah’s side have looked vulnerable in defence, although centre-half John Boye in particular was outstanding as the Black Stars went toe-to-toe with the Germans.
In midfield Sulley Muntari is suspended after picking up a needless second yellow of the tournament in the dying minutes at the weekend and his influence will be missed.
The Portuguese are still without Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao and they struggled down the left flank before a second-half re-shuffle against the USA.
Ronaldo will have to reproduce the kind of performance he gave against Sweden in the play-offs as, barring a big Portuguese victory, this will be his last appearance at the 2014 World Cup.
Both teams have to go for it so a cracking contest is in prospect.
Expect goals and both teams to score is available at 4/9. For a little more value take Ghana to sneak it in the second-half as Portugal’s hopes of a the big win they need begin to fade. HT/FT Draw/Ghana looks a decent punt at 6/1.
The match kicks off at 5pm UK time on Thursday June 26th in Estadio Nacional, Brasilia.