December 10, 2022
Portugal beat Ghana in fifth World Cup with Cristiano Ronaldo goal

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cup appearances on Thursday when he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana. The 37-year-old set the record when he smashed his spot-kick in the 65th minute at Doha’s 974 Stadium to send Fernando Santos’ side to a victory that saw them top Group H, two points ahead of Uruguay. South Korea. Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao ensured victory after Andre Ayew’s leveler briefly threatened to ruin Ronaldo’s party.

Usman Bukhari scored a last-minute goal for Ghana but the tournament’s lowest-ranked team could not recover from the blow and finished bottom of the group. Ronaldo went past Pelé and Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who scored in four World Cups after being brought down by Mohamed Salisu and taking his own penalty.

Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo would depart with immediate effect after criticizing the club and manager Erik ten Haag in a TV interview, but he has shown no signs of straining from the bitter end of his time at Old Trafford. Before the match, all attention was on Ronaldo to see if he could break the record and he had every chance to do so in the 10th minute.

Mohamed Qudus gave the ball away easily in midfield and Otavio slipped Ronaldo past, only for the clinical finisher to mis-control the pass and go past Ghanaian goalkeeper Lawrence Aty-Zigi as he slotted home Tried to do

And shortly afterwards Ronaldo headed wide of Rafael Guerreiro’s deep cross, a chance that was almost guaranteed to score in his prime. He had the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark when it fell to him in the area, but he was harshly adjudged by referee Ismail Elfath before finishing and stroking home a classy finish to Alexander Djiku. was pushed.

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Ronaldo was virtually Portugal’s only real goal threat against Group H’s weakest team, supported by a spirited group of supporters who initially performed more in the stands than the players doing their job on the pitch .

Ajax midfielder Kudus had swept the crowd off their feet 10 minutes after the break when he advanced against an exposed Portugal defense and unleashed a powerful shot that ended up curling in comfortably past Diogo Costa’s left-hand post. Ronaldo then crashed in his record-breaking penalty, but as the chorus of cheers and chants of his name began to wane, an already dull game sprung to life, Ayew netting in a 73rd-minute pull-back from Kudus. Tapping in shocked the crowd.

However, Felix and Leo ensured that Portugal would take the points with two spectacular finishes in the same number of minutes, both strikes being set up by Ronaldo’s former United teammate Bruno Fernandes.

Buhari imitated Ronaldo with his goal celebration after heading home completely unmarked, but Portugal pulled off a big win on a historic day.

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