Christian Atsu Blanks Off-field Matters Ahead of Portugal Game

It’s the last day of the group stage at the World Cup, and Ghana are confident of putting themselves up for one of the last three spots in the Round of 16.

There’s still everything to play for in Group G, where all four teams – Ghana, Germany, United States and Portugal – still have a chance to go through.

Though Ghana’s match with Portugal in Brasilia at 16:00GMT is the biggest for the African continent, the other fixture involving Germany and the United States could determine if the Black Stars go through.

A draw in the other game will certainly end Ghana’s hopes of reaching the second round as the Black Stars must win to maintain any chance of qualifying for the second round.

Despite their build up being overshadowed by off-field matters, Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu has dismissed fears that it could boil over at the Estadio Nacional.

”We are not going to say we are not going to play because of the money,” Atsu said.

”We love our nation and we are going to play for our nation.”

Ghana lost 2-1 to the United States and drew 2-2 with Germany, leaving them with one point a minus-one goal difference.

For Portugal, also with one point after losing 4-0 to Germany and tying the U.S 2-2, they have a minus-four goal difference.