Cristiano Ronaldo turned the primary man to attain at 5 World Cups as Portugal started their marketing campaign with an exhilarating victory over Ghana.
Ronaldo performed for the primary time since his controversial TV interview final week and he was later launched by Manchester United following the feedback.
And the 37-year-old scored the opener from the penalty spot after being fouled by Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu contained in the field.
Captain Ronaldo had a few probabilities early on however the shot was saved by Lawrence Ati-Zigi and he additionally headed extensive.
The striker was not allowed to attain after a deal with on Alexander Djiku whereas on the different finish, Ghana did not get a shot within the opening interval.
The Africans improved within the second half when Mohammed Kudus narrowly missed the submit and acquired a reward when Andre Ayew equalized from shut vary.
However Portugal responded with two objectives in two minutes to seal the rating – Joao Felix made a advantageous end and substitute Rafael Leao had a chilling deal with inside seconds. after coming into the sphere.
Osman Bukhari headed a late comfort for Ghana and the match might have been an actual drama within the ninth minute of stoppage time.
Goalkeeper Diogo Costa missed the ball, seemingly unaware of Inaki Williams behind, however after dashing out to dam the ball, the Ghanaian striker slipped on the essential second and his shot missed the submit.
Victory helps Portugal to prime Group H after Uruguay and South Korea draw goalless earlier on Thursday.
Ronaldo attracts consideration once more
The main target earlier than this match was only one man – Ronaldo.
The veteran striker entered the event with a cloud over his head after the sport TalkTV interview increase the place he stated he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United.
Dissatisfied with what he has been advised, the Premier League membership have initiated a course of to terminate his contract, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
However this time the participant will likely be within the highlight for all the fitting causes, as he overcomes the nice Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose to face on his personal by scoring in 5 totally different tournaments. of the event.
The followers stood and waited each time Ronaldo acquired near the ball and so they blew up when his shot from the penalty spot within the second half – coming after probabilities have been missed comparatively simply within the early phases – put the ball within the internet.
It was additionally the 118th worldwide purpose that prolonged the file, together with eight within the group stage of the World Cup, though he’s the participant with probably the most objectives with out a purpose within the knockout phases.
Former West Ham and Swansea striker Ayew leveled after Mohammed Kudus’ cross to increase Ghana’s scoring streak in its final six World Cup matches.
Felix’s lavish end and Leao’s relentless effort appear to have fastened the rating for Portugal with 10 minutes remaining.
Substitute Bukari celebrates with Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’. Otto Addo’s facet ought to have been delighted with a draw and virtually acquired it, however due to Williams’ slip.
The making progress 4-3-3
- 22Meireles da Costa
- 4Ruben Dias
- 13daniloReserve 90 minutes upfront
- tenBernardo SilvaChanged forJoao Palhinhain 88′minute
- 18NevesChanged forda Conceição Leaoin 77′minute
- 25OtávioChanged forWilliam Carvalhoin 56′minute
- 8Bruno FernandesReserve 90 minutes upfront
- 7cristiano ronaldoChanged forMatias Ramosin 88′minute
- 11Félix SequeiraChanged forJoao Marioin 88′minute
- firstRui Patricio
- 6Joao Palhinha
- 9André Silva
- 14William Carvalho
- 15da Conceição Leao
- 17Joao Mario
- 21Da Luz Horta
- 24Pereira de Albuquerque Tavares da Silva
- 26Matias Ramos
The making progress 5-3-2
- 26SeiduPre-order 57 minutesChanged forLampteyin 66′minute
- 23DjikuChanged forKyerehin 90+2′minute
- 20KudusE book 45 minutes upfrontChanged forBukariin 77′minute
- 21Abdul SamedChanged forSignificantin 90+2′minute
- tenAyewPre-order 49 minutesChanged forJ Ayewin 77′minute
- 19WilliamsReserve 90 minutes upfront
- 9J Ayew
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The match ended, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.
The second half ended, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.
Effort is missed. Osman Bukari (Ghana) proper footed shot from lengthy vary on the left is just too excessive. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.
Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal) concedes a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniel Amartey (Ghana).
Attempt to be blocked. Rafael Leão (Portugal) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by João Palhinha.
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) fouled.
Osman Bukari (Ghana) concedes a free kick on the fitting.
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) will get a free kick on the left wing.
Osman Bukari (Ghana) fouled.
Substitute, Ghana. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replaces Alexander Djiku
Substitute, Ghana. Antoine Semenyo replaces Salis Abdul Samed
Effort is missed. Mohammed Salisu (Ghana) header from the middle of the field misses to the left of the purpose. Powered 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) concedes a free kick within the house half.
Goal! Portugal 3, Ghana 2. Headshot by Osman Bukari (Ghana) from the middle of the penalty space to the highest proper nook.
Substitute, Portugal. Gonçalo Ramos replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.