FIFA World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo drew a line under a tumultuous accumulation of tournaments as he wrote his name in the record books to become the first player to score in five World Cups in a victory of 32 for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.
Cristiano Ronaldo drew a line under a tumultuous tournament accumulation as he wrote his name in the record books to become the first player to score in five World Cups in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday .
Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 65th minute of the Group H encounter to put his side on the right track and while Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana, Portugal turned on the afterburners with two early goals to effectively seal the win. case at stadium 974.
Joao Felix produced a tricky finish to put them ahead and Rafael Leao added a third to hand Portugal their first win in the World Cup opener since 2006, although Osman Bukari pulled back another for Ghana late.
Portugal, who lead the group with three points, will face Uruguay on Monday when Ghana take on South Korea.
Most of the action was condensed into a short period after the 60th minute, with Portugal taking the lead when they were awarded a soft penalty after Ronaldo went down after minimal elbow-to-elbow contact with Mohammed Salisu.
Ronaldo closed his eyes waiting to start his run, stuttered and kicked the ball into the net to the keeper’s right.
Ghana responded quickly when Mohammed Kudus’ cross found its way to Ayew who tapped home.
Portugal then kicked into high gear with Felix latching onto a through ball from Bruno Fernandes and nonchalantly lifting his goal past the keeper.
Fernandes was also the architect of their third goal, playing another superb through ball for substitute Leao to slide his finish over the keeper and into the bottom corner.
There was tension at the end, however, as Ghana netted another goal with Osman Bukari heading from a cross from the left in the 89th minute.