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.
- 22Meireles da Costa
- 4Rúben Dias
- 13DaniloBooked at 90mins
- 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
- 1Rui Patrício
- 6João Palhinha
- 9André Silva
- 14William Carvalho
- 15da Conceição Leão
- 17João Mário
- 21da Luz Horta
- 24Pereira de Albuquerque Tavares da Silva
- 26Matias Ramos
- 26SeiduBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLampteyat 66′minutes
- 23DjikuSubstituted forSemenyoat 90+2′minutes
- 20KudusBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBukariat 77′minutes
- 21Abdul SamedSubstituted forKyerehat 90+2′minutes
- 10A AyewBooked at 49minsSubstituted forJ Ayewat 77′minutes
- 19WilliamsBooked at 90mins
- 9J Ayew
- Ismail Elfath
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Match ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.
Second Half ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.
Try missed. Osman Bukari (Ghana) proper footed shot from a tough angle and lengthy vary on the left is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.
Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniel Amartey (Ghana).
Try blocked. Rafael Leão (Portugal) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by João Palhinha.
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Portugal).
Osman Bukari (Ghana) wins a free kick on the correct wing.
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Osman Bukari (Ghana).
Substitution, Ghana. Antoine Semenyo replaces Alexander Djiku.
Substitution, Ghana. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replaces Salis Abdul Samed.
Try missed. Mohammed Salisu (Ghana) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Partey.
Danilo Pereira (Portugal) is proven the yellow card.
Iñaki Williams (Ghana) is proven the yellow card.
Foul by Danilo Pereira (Portugal).
Iñaki Williams (Ghana) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Purpose! Portugal 3, Ghana 2. Osman Bukari (Ghana) header from the centre of the field to the highest proper nook.
Substitution, Portugal. Gonçalo Ramos replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.