Portugal vs Ghana : Portugal began their World Cup campaign with a 3–2 win over Ghana at the Stadium 974, with quick goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao helping them to victory.
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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score five World Cup goals as Portugal beat Ghana in Group H with five goals.
Portugal took control of the match from the first whistle, and turned their early dominance of possession into an almost tangible reward – Ronaldo was fouled by Laurens Ete-Zigy, before curling wide moments later. ,
The ball was in the Ghanaian net just before the half-hour mark, normally assured by Ronaldo, but the Portugal captain was adjudged to have fouled Alexander Djiku while turning the ball, and the strike was disallowed. Was.
Portugal continued to press for the second half, but were unexpectedly presented with a golden opportunity when Ronaldo was brought down by Mohammed Salisu and stepped up to score his 118th international goal from the spot.
Portugal began their World Cup campaign with a 3–2 win over Ghana at the Stadium 974, with quick goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao helping them to victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo put his side ahead in the 65th minute — after leaving Manchester United by “mutual agreement” earlier in the week — with a penalty that made him the first male player to score at the World Cup.
Ghana’s Andre Ayew scored in the 73rd minute but Portugal responded with efforts from Felix and Leo in the 78th and 80th minutes. Usman Bukhari’s late effort made things interesting but Fernando Santos’ side managed to ride out the storm.
Portugal vs Ghana match highlights
Portugal had an early chance in the 10th minute when Bruno Fernandes sent Ronaldo through, but Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Eti-Zigi was able to keep out the forward’s poor first touch. The Portugal captain was denied again three minutes later as he rose for a header which he sent wide.
Ronaldo fired the ball into the net in the 31st minute after warding off a challenge from Alexander Djiku and beat Ati-Zigi, but the whistle had already blown for a foul on the Ghanaian defender.
Ghana showed more aggressive enterprise at the start of the second half, with Mohammed Kudus firing a shot wide of Diego Costa’s left-hand post in the 55th minute.
Ronaldo finally put his side ahead in the 65th minute with a cool effort from the penalty spot after being brought down by Mohammed Salisu – making World Cup history in the process.
But Ghana hit back in the 73rd minute when Ayew headed home from close range after turning Kudus’s low cross into his path – sending Ghana’s vocal support into delirium.
However, their joy was short-lived, as Félix calmly slotted Ate-Zégi five minutes later after Fernandes’ pass split the Ghanaian defense, and put Portugal ahead.
Leao later extended his side’s lead moments later by side-footing another pass from Fernandes – the AC Milan winger’s first goal for Portugal.
Portugal looked to be cruising to victory, but Buhari’s 89th-minute header meant there was nervousness on both sides late on.
Costa nearly fouled his lines after rolling the ball out to Anaki Williams in stoppage time, but at the crucial moment the striker slipped and Portugal survived.