Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the headlines for Portugal as they limped to a 3-2 win over Ghana of their Group G opener on the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 37-year-old star turned the primary participant to seek out the web in 5 editions of the FIFA World Cup along with his objective towards the Black Stars.
Having trounced Nigeria’s Super Eagles in preparation for the match, Portugal had been up towards one other West African aspect, Ghana, of their Group G opener.
The opening exchanges had been dominated by the Europeans and so they pressured the Black Stars to take a seat again and defend deep. They thought that they had discovered the opener within the first half as Cristiano Ronaldo fired dwelling from contained in the field however the objective was disallowed for a foul on Alexander Djiku by the previous Manchester United man.
After a colorless first half, the match got here to life within the second half with Cristiano Ronaldo on the centre of all of it. The veteran ahead ventured into Ghana’s 18-yard space the place he went down somewhat simply following consideration from Mohammed Salisu, and the referee awarded a contentious penalty. He dusted himself off and blasted his effort into the again of the web earlier than wheeling away in celebration after 64 minutes.
It took all of 9 minutes, however Ghana mustered a response by captain Andre Ayew. The 34-year-old was available to faucet dwelling from shut vary after a failed clearance from Danilo Pereira following a cross from Mohammed Kudus.
The parity lasted a mere 5 minutes as Portugal went in entrance as soon as extra, this time by Joao Felix. The Atletico Madrid man was brilliantly discovered by a Bruno Fernandes by ball earlier than lifting the ball previous the onrushing goalkeeper with spectacular poise.
Rafael Leao received in on the act for Selecao with nearly his first contact of the sport within the eightieth minute. The AC Milan man curled a low effort into the far put up after one other Bruno help.
Ghana continued to battle and pulled one again within the ninetieth minute by Osman Bukari. The substitute was available to go dwelling from shut vary after a cross from Baba Rahman.
Portugal held on to assert the win and transfer to the highest of Group E following the sooner draw between Uruguay and South Korea. Cristiano Ronaldo turned the primary man in historical past to attain in 5 editions of the FIFA World Cup following his strike towards Ghana.