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Final score: Portugal Beat Ghana In World Cup Opener As Ronaldo Makes History



Final score: Portugal Beat Ghana In World Cup Opener As Ronaldo Makes History

(CTN News) – A five-goal thriller between Portugal and Ghana marked Cristiano Ronaldo’s fifth World Cup goal.

From the opening whistle, Portugal dominated possession, almost earning a tangible reward – Ronaldo was thwarted by Lawrence Ati-Zigi, before heading wide a few moments later.

Just past the half-hour mark, Ronaldo had put the ball in the Ghana net with a typically assured finish. However, the Portuguese captain was adjudged to have fouled Alexander Djiku, and the goal was ruled out.

After Portugal had tailed into the second half, Ronaldo stepped up from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Mohammed Salisu and smashed in his 118th international goal.

Ghana responded positively. The ball was deflected off Danilo Pereira by Kudus before falling perfectly for Andre Ayew to tap home from close range after he stung the palms of Diogo Costa.

This time, it was up to Portugal to find a way to win, and the team did so by scoring twice in three minutes. As the architect of both goals, Bruno Fernandes slipped passes through the Ghana defense to set up Joao Felix and Rafael Leao for assured finishes.

As Osman Bukari headed Ghana back into the game in the 89th minute – and then mocked Ronaldo with his celebration – Ghana’s hopes of a draw were revived right up until the end, when Inaki Williams cleverly caught Costa, only to slip at the crucial moment when he tried to nip in ahead of the goalie.

Ronaldo will surely be playing in his last World Cup, and the result means he is set to win one of the few trophies that have eluded him.

Portugal vs Ghana live scores and highlights were covered by Sporting News during the 2022 World Cup. The action from the Group H match in Qatar can be seen below.

Live score Portugal vs Ghana

Ronaldo (65 minutes, penalty)

Ayew (73 mins) – GHA

A 78-minute work by Joao Felix

An 80-minute film by Rafael Leao

Bukari, Osman (89 minutes)

The starting lineup is as follows:

Portuguese (4-1-2-1-2, clockwise): 22. (GK) – 20. The cancellation has been made, 4. The 13th of September. Daniel Pereira, 5. Guerreiro has a number of 18. In the 77th minute, Neves (Rafael Leao) — 8. Fernando, 25. As a result of Otavio’s 14th goal (William Carvalho 56′) he has 10 points.

Bernardo Silva (6. Joao Palhinha 88′) — 7. It was Ronaldo who scored the goal (26 Goncalo Ramos 88′), and 11. In the first half, Joao Felix scored a goal (17. Joao Mario 88′).

Ghana (5-4-1, left to right): 1. Ati-Zigi (GK) scored 26 goals. 2nd Lamptey (66′), 23. Djiku (25. Semenyo 90+2′), 18. Amartey, 4. Salisu, 17. Rahman scored 20. 10.

Bukari (77′), 5. PARTEY. Abdel Samed (Team Kyereh 90+2′), 10. A. Ayew (9. J. Ayew 77′) — 19. Williams.


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