The Portugal captain grew to become the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups towards Ghana.
Cristiano Ronaldo grew to become the primary participant to attain 5 World Cup targets in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana at Qatar 2022 on Thursday night time.
The 37-year-old gave Fernando Santos’ aspect the lead with a 61st-minute penalty within the Group H match at Doha’s 974 Stadium, with the star striker eager to showcase his abilities to potential new golf equipment after an acrimonious break up with Manchester United this week.
However Portugal’s benefit didn’t final lengthy, with Ghana captain Andre Ayew equalizing within the 73rd minute.
Ayew’s strike was the African nation’s first objective of this yr’s event and was celebrated in jubilation by the raucous Black Stars followers who noticed their aspect fail to provide a single shot in a frenetic first 45 minutes.
Sadly for them, the jubilant scenes provoked Portugal, who scored twice within the subsequent seven minutes from Joao Félix and Rafael Leão to make it 3-1 after 80 minutes.
Their hopes of a snug stroll to victory have been dashed by Osman Bukari, who made it 3-2 within the 89th minute.
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9 minutes of added time ended when Portugal defender Danilo cleared the ball from the touchline after goalkeeper Diogo Costa was fouled.
Regardless of a sluggish opening 60 minutes, Portugal grabbed the three factors to high Group H after Uruguay and South Korea have been held to a scoreless draw. Thursday.
Portugal followers expressed their delight at their profitable begin to the event, though their group’s efficiency left one thing to be desired.
“The sport was not superb. However at this stage you simply need three factors and we received them in the present day,” fan Joao Santos instructed Al Jazeera.
“And Ronaldo scored. We’re very comfortable that he did. We have to win this World Cup for him. It will likely be his final and will probably be a great way to say goodbye,” he added.
Ghanaian followers welcomed their group’s efficiency regardless of the end result going towards them.
“We did properly. “The match was higher than I anticipated,” supporter George Bavois instructed Al Jazeera.
“If we play like we did in the present day, now we have an excellent probability of profitable,” he added.
Portugal will play their subsequent match towards Uruguay on Monday. On at the present time, Ghana will play towards South Korea.
Extra reporting by Hamza Mohamed at Stadium 974