FIFA World Cup: Ronaldo scores as Portugal beats Ghana 3-2

After the two teams remained scoreless until an hour into the match, Portugal were awarded a penalty when Ronaldo was brought down inside the penalty area by Mohamed Salsou. Ronaldo rallied himself to convert the penalty kick and make it 1-0 for Portugal in the 65th minute.

The 37-year-old became the second oldest player after Cameroon’s Roger Milla to score a World Cup goal and also the third player to be the oldest and youngest goalscorer for his country in a World Cup. The other two players are Croatian Ivica Olic and Danish Michael Laudrup.

Although Ronaldo spread cheer among the Portuguese team after they missed some good chances in the first half, their joy was short-lived as Ghana equalized in the 73rd minute when Andre Ayew scored from close range after Kudus Mohamed did a great job behind the Portugal defence. And send a low cross.

Portugal got back in front in the 78th minute when Joo Felix made it 2-1 and quickly went 3-1 up when Rafael Leao fired home from the left channel in the 80th minute.

Portugal had to survive some anxious moments in the ten minutes and ten minutes of extra time as tempers flared and players from both teams lost some composure.

Ghana scored one goal in the last minute when Ousmane Bockarie scored well, taking advantage of a defensive slump. Bockarie came close in the eighth minute of extra time with a right-footed shot that hit the side-netting.

And Ghana could have had their third goal and a point of the match when Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa dropped the ball at his feet from a goal kick, allowing Ghanaian forward Williams to sneak up from behind and steal the ball. Williams slides in and allows Dias and Pereira to run back to clear the ball before Williams can pounce on it again.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was substituted, had a relief in the face as Portugal’s victory in the 2022 World Cup began.

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