World Cup 2022 Group H draw: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea match schedule and fixtures



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3rd March, 2022

Qatar 2022 will see Cristiano Ronaldo compete in what could be his World Cup finale, and he has a real chance of making the latter stages, as Portugal arguably look like the strongest side in Group H.

Ronaldo and his teammates will be joined by Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in the group stage, following the draw conducted in Doha on April 1.

Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay are the second highest-ranked team in the group, and will be hoping to replicate their 2018 form, where they reached the quarterfinals before exiting to eventual champions France.

African powerhouse Ghana qualified by beating Nigeria, while South Korea and their talismanic striker Son Heung-min will also look to unsettle the perceived bigger footballing heavyweights — just as South Korea did by beating Germany at Russia 2018.

World Cup Group H table & fixtures
H1: Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H2: Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H3: Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H4: South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group H match schedule
Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24 Uruguay vs. South Korea 8 a.m. Education City Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24 Portugal vs. Ghana 11 a.m. Stadium 974
Mon, Nov. 28 South Korea vs. Ghana 8 a.m. Education City Stadium
Mon, Nov. 28 Portugal vs. Uruguay 2 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Fri, Dec. 2 South Korea vs. Portugal 10 a.m. Education City Stadium
Fri, Dec. 2 Ghana vs. Uruguay 10 a.m. Al Janoub Stadium
The four teams selected into the group will play a round-robin format with each nation facing the other three. Group standings are based on points from those three group-stage matches — three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss.

The top two teams from each group based on total points advance to the single-game knockouts. If teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored. If teams are also tied in those categories another set of tiebreakers is applied.

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

World Cup Group H draw
Portugal, as expected, managed to qualify for Qatar 2022 through the playoff path, defeating North Macedonia to ensure an appearance at the finals for the eighth time. Despite being regular competitors on this stage, though, they have yet to win it.

In all likelihood, this will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final appearance at the World Cup. All eyes will be on the 37-year-old talisman and he will be the key player in Qatar — desperate to add a first team world crown to his already bursting trophy cabinet. Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes will also be pivotal for the Euro 2016 winners.

For all their attacking talent, defensively is where Portugal have been most convincing of late however, having managed to leak just six goals in their last 10 games in all competitions.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 8 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 6th (UEFA)
World Cup titles: —
World Cup appearances (last): 7 (Russia 2018)
How qualified: (UEFA playoff winners: (2-0 vs. North Macedonia)
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
2022: 2W-0L-0D (Goals: 5 scored / 1 conceded)
2021: 9W-3L-4D (Goals: 34 scored / 15 conceded)
Coach: Fernando Santos (Portugal) since September, 2014
Star players: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United / England), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United / England), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City / England)
Ghana will be present in Qatar following a valiant effort in the qualifying rounds, cementing a place in the tournament for the first time since 2014 by beating Nigeria on away goals in the African playoffs. The Black Stars went so close to reaching the semifinals of the World Cup in 2010, losing on penalties to Uruguay in the last eight.

Despite not having as many household names in the current squad compared to the 2010 and 2014 editions, players such as Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey and young Ajax talent Mohammed Kudus will both be stars to keep an eye on as the tournament approaches.

Grit and determination are two qualities that are instilled into the fabric of this Ghana side, who lost just two of their 10 fixtures in 2021, but a poor Africa Cup of Nations campaign — in which they exited at the group stage without a win — means there is a point to prove back on the major stage.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 60 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 11th (CAF)
World Cup titles: —
World Cup appearances (last): 4 (Brazil 2014)
How qualified: (CAF Third Round winners: (agg 1-1 vs. Nigeria, Ghana win on away goals)
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
2022: 0W-3L-3D (Goals: 4 scored / 9 conceded)
2021: 5W-2L-3D (Goals: 11 scored / 6 conceded)
Coach: Otto Addo (Germany) since January 2022 — interim
Star players: Thomas Partey (Arsenal / England), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax / Netherlands), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace / England)
Although Uruguay’s squad is a talented one, 2021 was an inconsistent year for La Celeste, who were eliminated at the quarterfinals of the Copa America having hoped for much more.

Uruguay also got to the last eight at the 2018 World Cup, where eventual winners France edged them out. The South Americans do consistently produce players capable of individual brilliance, and that will be no different in Qatar. Strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani may be in the latter stages of their careers, both 35, but they are still more than able to pose a major threat in front of goal.

So far, 2022 has been more positive for Uruguay, with four successive wins — including a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Chile in late March. However, concerns persist about the ability to cope against perceived stronger opponents and the top-heavy age of their squad.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 13 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 3rd (CONMEBOL)
World Cup titles: 2
World Cup appearances (last): 14 (Russia 2018)
How qualified: (CONMEBOL third place: 8W-6L-4D)
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
2022: 4W-0L-0D (Goals: 8 scored / 1 conceded)
2021: 4W-5L-6D (Goals: 11 scored / 16 conceded)
Coach: Diego Alonso (Uruguay) since December, 2021
Star players: Edinson Cavani (Manchester United / England), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid / Spain), Diego Godin (Atletico Mineiro / Brazil)
South Korea
Not since 1982 have South Korea failed to appear at a World Cup and that streak will continue with Paulo Bento’s team competing in Qatar.

South Korea finished second in a tough third-round qualification group, beaten only in the final fixture with a place at the finals already assured. Prior to that, Bento’s side went on a seven-match winning run, and they will be hoping for similar momentum ahead of the World Cup, where they will be looking to make it out of the group stage for the first time since 2010.

Son Heung-min is South Korea’s most recognisable difference-maker, with the Tottenham forward a prolific goalscorer for club and country. Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan is also an important figure for the Tigers of Asia. South Korea’s best World Cup performance saw them reach the semi-finals on home soil in 2002 — can they match that result in the Middle East?

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 29 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 3rd (AFC)
World Cup titles: —
World Cup appearances (last): 10 (Russia 2018)
How qualified: AFC Third Round Group A runners-up 7W-L1-D2
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
2022: 5W-1L-0D (Goals: 14 scored / 1 conceded)
2021: 7W-1L-2D (Goals: 20 scored / 6 conceded)
Coach: Paulo Bento (Portugal) since August, 2018
Star players: Son Heung-min (Tottenham / England), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolves / England), Kim Min-jae (Fenerbahce / Turkey)
Teams to advance from World Cup Group H
Shortly after the World Cup Draw, sportsbooks are expected to hang group odds for each team to advance from the group stage.

The first-place and second-place finishers in Group H will move on to the Round of 16 and will face off against the two teams to advance from Group G on Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The official FIFA 2022 World Cup match schedule outlines the following knockout pairings for the Round of 16 through to the final:

World Cup Round of 16
Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sat, Dec. 3 1A vs. 2B 10 a.m. Khalifa Int'l
Sat, Dec. 3 1C vs. 2D 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 4 1D vs. 2C 10 a.m. Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 4 1B vs. 2A 2 p.m. Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 5 1E vs. 2F 10 a.m. Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 5 1G vs. 2H 2 p.m. Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 6 1F vs. 2E 10 a.m. Education City
Tues, Dec. 6 1H vs. 2G 2 p.m. Lusail

World Cup Quarterfinals
Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9 QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H 10 a.m. Education City
Fri, Dec. 9 QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D 2 p.m. Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10 QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G 10 a.m. Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10 QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C 2 p.m. Al Bayt

World Cup Semifinals
Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13 QF2 vs. QF1 2 p.m. Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14 QF4 vs. QF3 2 p.m. Al Bayt
World Cup 3rd Place
Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17 Semifinal losers 10 a.m. Khalifa Int'l
World Cup Final
Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Semifinal winners 10 a.m. Lusail