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World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Ronaldo, Felix and Leao rating

Cristiano Ronaldo grew to become the primary man to attain at 5 Fifa World Cups as Portugal started their marketing campaign with an exciting victory over Ghana.

Ronaldo was enjoying for the primary time since his controversial tv interview final week and his subsequent launch by Manchester United following the feedback.

And the 37-year-old scored the opening objective from the penalty spot, hammering in after being tripped within the field by Ghana’s Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.

Captain Ronaldo had a few possibilities early on however a low shot was smothered by Lawrence Ati-Zigi and he additionally headed vast on the far publish.

The ahead had a objective disallowed for a push on Alexander Djiku whereas on the different finish, Ghana didn’t have a single shot within the opening interval.

The Africans improved within the second interval as Mohammed Kudus drilled narrowly vast of the far publish and bought their reward when Andre Ayew equalised from shut vary.

However Portugal responded with two targets in two minutes to seal the factors – Joao Felix changing a delightfully clipped end and substitute Rafael Leao coolly stroking in simply seconds after approaching.

Osman Bukhari headed in a late comfort for Ghana and there might have been actual drama within the ninth minute of stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Diogo Costa put the ball down, seemingly unaware Inaki Williams was behind him, however after racing to intercept the ball, the Ghana ahead slipped on the essential second and a scuffed shot was cleared off the road.

Victory means Portugal prime Group H after Uruguay and South Korea performed out a goalless draw earlier on Thursday.

Ronaldo hogs the headlines once more

The main target earlier than this sport was on only one man – Ronaldo.

The veteran ahead got here into the event with a cloud over his head following the explosive TalkTV interview the place he stated he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United.

Sad with what he needed to say, the Premier League membership initiated a course of to terminate his contract, which was confirmed on Tuesday.

However the participant can be within the headlines for all the correct causes this time, as he surpassed the good Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose to face on his personal by scoring at 5 completely different editions of the event.

Supporters had been on their toes in anticipation each time Ronaldo bought anyplace close to the ball they usually erupted when his strike from the penalty spot within the second half – which got here after comparatively straightforward missed alternatives within the opening interval – hit the again of the web.

It was additionally a record-extending 118th worldwide objective, which incorporates eight within the group stage of the World Cup, although he’s the participant with probably the most strikes with out netting within the knockout stage.

Former West Ham and Swansea striker Ayew levelled from Mohammed Kudus’ cutback to increase Ghana’s run of scoring of their final six World Cup video games.

Felix’s luxurious end and Leao’s nerveless effort appeared to have sealed the factors for Portugal with 10 minutes remaining.

Substitute Bukari headed in and celebrated with Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’. Otto Addo’s aspect would have been delighted with a draw and virtually bought it, however for Williams’ slip.

Participant of the match

LampteyTariq Lamptey

Portugal

  1. Squad quantity8Participant titleBruno Fernandes

  2. Squad quantity15Participant titleRafael Leão

  3. Squad quantity10Participant titleBernardo Silva

  4. Squad quantity18Participant titleRúben Neves

  5. Squad quantity4Participant titleRúben Dias

  6. Squad quantity11Participant titleJoão Félix

  7. Squad quantity14Participant titleWilliam Carvalho

  8. Squad quantity20Participant titleJoão Cancelo

  9. Squad quantity6Participant titleJoão Palhinha

  10. Squad quantity17Participant titleJoão Mário

  11. Squad quantity7Participant titleCristiano Ronaldo

  12. Squad quantity5Participant titleRaphaël Guerreiro

  13. Squad quantity25Participant titleOtávio

  14. Squad quantity26Participant titleGonçalo Ramos

  15. Squad quantity13Participant titleDanilo Pereira

  16. Squad quantity22Participant titleDiogo Costa

Ghana

  1. Squad quantity2Participant titleLamptey

  2. Squad quantity5Participant titlePartey

  3. Squad quantity10Participant titleA Ayew

  4. Squad quantity20Participant titleKudus

  5. Squad quantity4Participant titleSalisu

  6. Squad quantity1Participant titleAti-Zigi

  7. Squad quantity25Participant titleSemenyo

  8. Squad quantity18Participant titleAmartey

  9. Squad quantity17Participant titleBaba

  10. Squad quantity11Participant titleBukari

  11. Squad quantity21Participant titleAbdul Samed

  12. Squad quantity23Participant titleDjiku

  13. Squad quantity26Participant titleSeidu

  14. Squad quantity19Participant titleWilliams

  15. Squad quantity9Participant titleJ Ayew

  16. Squad quantity8Participant titleKyereh

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Meireles da Costa
  • 20Cancelo
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 13DaniloBooked at 90mins
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forJoão Palhinhaat 88′minutes
  • 18NevesSubstituted forda Conceição Leãoat 77′minutes
  • 25OtávioSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 56′minutes
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forMatias Ramosat 88′minutes
  • 11Félix SequeiraSubstituted forJoão Márioat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Dalot
  • 3Pepe
  • 6João Palhinha
  • 9André Silva
  • 12
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 15da Conceição Leão
  • 16Vitinha
  • 17João Mário
  • 21da Luz Horta
  • 23Nunes
  • 24Pereira de Albuquerque Tavares da Silva
  • 26Matias Ramos

Ghana

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Ati-Zigi
  • 26SeiduBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLampteyat 66′minutes
  • 18Amartey
  • 23DjikuSubstituted forSemenyoat 90+2′minutes
  • 4Salisu
  • 17Baba
  • 5Partey
  • 20KudusBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBukariat 77′minutes
  • 21Abdul SamedSubstituted forKyerehat 90+2′minutes
  • 10A AyewBooked at 49minsSubstituted forJ Ayewat 77′minutes
  • 19WilliamsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 3Odoi
  • 6Owusu
  • 7Fatawu
  • 8Kyereh
  • 9J Ayew
  • 11Bukari
  • 12Danlad
  • 13Afriyie
  • 14Mensah
  • 15Aidoo
  • 16Nurudeen
  • 22Sulemana
  • 24Sowah
  • 25Semenyo

Referee:
Ismail Elfath

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