Portugal vs Ghana Highlights, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: After a somewhat lackluster 1st half, both teams scored 5 goals in the spectacular 2nd half that Cristiano Ronaldo started.
Portugal vs Ghana Highlights
Beyond passing up several excellent opportunities in the opening minutes of the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo ultimately gave his club the lead with a penalty kick goal shortly after the hour mark.
With Ghana tying the score soon after, Portugal scored again to take a 3-1 lead, and it appeared as though it had set up a wave of goals. After that, Ghana added a second goal, but Portugal eventually won the game with three points.
During Portugal’s dramatic 3-2 loss to Ghana in Group H, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first penalty in five World Cups.
Andre Ayew scored the equalizer, but Portugal went ahead 3-1 when Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored their first World Cup goals. Osman Bukari’s close-range header made for a tense conclusion, and Diogo Costa came perilously close to giving Inaki Williams an equalizer in stoppage time before the forward slipped.
Before Portugal’s Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored quickly to make it 3-1, Andre Ayew tied the score for Ghana. Osman Bukari, a substitute, gave Ghana some hope in the 89th minute with a score.
As Portugal finally beat Ghana to win the opening match of Group H in a thrilling five-goal contest, Cristiano Ronaldo became the 1st player to score in five World Cups.
In the 73rd minute, Ghanaian striker Andre Ayew converted a close-range goal against the flow of play, but Portugal quickly responded with goals from Joao Felix (78). After that, it substituted Rafael Leao (80), both of which contributed to the destination by Bruno Fernandes.
Portugal had to hold on in a tense game as Osman Bukari headed in Ghana’s second goal. Still, Ronaldo, who scored his 1st World Cup goal as a 21-year-old in 2006, enjoyed the limelight after a turbulent week and received a standing ovation at the end of the match (89).
In the 10th minute of stoppage time, Ghana had an excellent chance to get the point when Inaki Williams seized Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa off guard to take possession in the area. However, the forward lost his balance at the key moment, allowing Ronaldo & his team to hold on for the triumph.
Portugal vs Ghana | How Ronaldo once more made history?
Ronaldo also grabbed center stage throughout the game, but for the contrary reasons, as he wasted two golden chances in the early going. Instead, The fallout from Ronaldo’s contentious interview last week continued during the game’s build-up.
Lawrence Ati-Zigi of Ghana was able to rush off his line and make the opening save to Otavio’s through the pass. Later, he oddly headed a cross from Raphael Guerreiro wide at the far post.
In the 31st minute, Ronaldo scored for Portugal to maintain their advantage. Nevertheless, his jubilation was cut short when the referee determined that he had fouled Alexander Djiku before defeating Ati-Zigi.
Ronaldo is now a transfer target for the Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal after being released by Manchester United. He continued to cut a furious figure in the first half by failing to capitalize on a Guerreiro header that landed him inside the six-yard box. Still, the narrative completely shifted after the break.
Until that point, Ghana had diligently defended. Still, Ronaldo finally took advantage of his opportunity after being deemed fouled by Salisu, striking a crucial penalty beyond Ati-grasp, Zigi’s 118th international goal setting off loud celebrations in Portugal.
Danilo Pereira, a Portuguese defender, failed to intercept a cutback from the desperate Mohammed Kudus, which permitted Ghana’s Ayew to score from adjacent range, bringing the result to an interim tie.
After those goals, the game appeared to be over for Ghana & Fernando Santos took benefit of the chances to substitute Ronaldo for the remaining moments. However, Joao Cancelo made a mistake that allowed Bukari to score again & there was a significant scare when Williams robbed Costa at the very end.
Portugal, who held on, rose to the top of Group H due to their victory. However, Ronaldo managed to take a break while still vying for the one championship he had yet to win.
Portugal vs Ghana: Goals
★ POR: Ronaldo (65 mins, penalty)
★ GHA: Andre Ayew (73 mins)
★ POR: Joao Felix (78 mins)
★ POR: Rafael Leao (80 mins)
★ GHA: Osman Bukari (89 mins)
Portugal vs Ghana: Ronaldo applauds the “beautiful moment.”
Ronaldo referred to his record-breaking fifth World Cup goal as a “wonderful moment” after making history.
We got off to a good start, he continued. “This is a significant victory. We are aware that the first game is crucial in these championships.
“I’m pleased with myself since it’s another record. I’m thrilled with the team’s performance, which was outstanding. Despite the difficulty, we deserved to prevail.
When questioned about the topic, Ronaldo responded, “All the rest, it doesn’t matter,” indicating that he was unwilling to talk about his contentious departure from Old Trafford.
Santos described his 37-year-old skipper as “a phenomenon, a legend,” adding, “in 50 years, we will still be talking about him.”
Portugal vs Ghana: Man of the match – Bruno Fernandes
Ronaldo was the focus, but he could have been at his best. Bruno Fernandes, another member of his team, was a little closer. The 28-year-old, once Ronaldo’s club teammate, held everything together and used his signature through-balls to set up Portugal’s second and third goals.
Ronaldo’s Record-Breaking Play | Stats | Portugal vs Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo is the 1st player to achieve a goal in five World Cups from 2006 to 2022.
Along with Ivica Olic of Croatia & Michael Laudrup of Denmark, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the 3rd player to have a goal for his country’s oldest & youngest age groups at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the 2nd oldest player to score at the World Cup in 37 years, 292 days, After Roger Milla in 1994 for Cameroon in 42 years, 39 days. He excelled in Sweden’s Gunnar Gren in 37 years, 236 days, and 1958, becoming the oldest to score for a European country.
The only player from Portugal to get two assists in a World Cup game was Bruno Fernandes, who joined José Torres in that distinction in 1966.
Al-Hilal is considering signing Ronaldo
Al-Hilal, a Saudi Arabian team, is looking into a proposal to sign Ronaldo for nothing. In the summer, Manchester United was willing to accept a bid from Saudi Arabia for Ronaldo, but the transaction ultimately fell through.
However, news of Al-interest in Hilal comes after Saudi Arabia’s sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the nation needs to bring him to their domestic league.
They are considering taking over Manchester United & Liverpool, looking for new investors. However, Ronaldo claims he rejected that move, worth about £305 million.
Players Ratings – Portugal vs Ghana
Diogo Costa (6/10), Joao Cancelo (5/10), Ruben Dias (6/10), Danilo Pereira (7/10), Raphael Guerreiro (5/10), Bernardo Silva (8/10), Ruben Neves (5/10), Otavio (4/10), Bruno Fernandes (8/10), Cristiano Ronaldo (7/10), Joao Felix (8/10)
William Carvalho (6/10), Rafael Leao (8/10), Joao Palhinha (N/A), Joao Mario (N/A), Goncalo Guedes (N/A)
Lawrence Ati-Zigi – 6/10, Daniel Amartey -7/10, Alexander Djiku – 6/10, Mohammed Salisu – 5/10, Alidu Seidu – 5/10, Thomas Partey – 6/10, Salis Abdel Samed – 7/10, Mohammed Kudus – 8/10, Baba Rahman – 6/10, Andre Ayew (c) – 7/10, Inaki Williams
Tariq Lamptey – 6/10, Jordan Ayew – 6/10, Osman Bukari – 7/10, Daniel-Kofi Kyerah – N/A, Antoine Semenyo – N/A
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