Cristiano Ronaldo turned the primary man to attain in 5 World Cups on Thursday when he scored the opener from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.
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The 37-year-old set the file when he homed his Sixty fifth-minute spot kick at Doha’s 974 Stadium to ship Fernando Santos’ aspect to a victory that put them high of Group H, two factors away from Uruguay and South Korea.
Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao secured victory after Andre Ayew’s equalizer briefly threatened to spoil Ronaldo’s occasion.
Osman Bukari scored within the final minute for Ghana, however the lowest scoring crew of the match didn’t put in a shock end and sit backside of the group.
Ronaldo overcame Pelé and Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, all of whom scored in 4 World Cups, after being introduced down by Mohammed Salisu and taking the penalty himself.
Manchester United introduced this week that Ronaldo can be leaving with quick impact after criticizing the membership and supervisor Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, however he has proven no indicators of pressure for the reason that bitter finish to his spell on the Previous Trafford.
All of the pre-match consideration was on Ronaldo and if he may break the file and he had the proper alternative to take action within the tenth minute.
Mohammed Kudus gave away the ball sloppily in midfield and Otavio put Ronaldo by, just for the scientific end to manage the go poorly and crash into Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi as he tried to strike dwelling.
And shortly afterwards Ronaldo despatched Raphael Guerreiro’s deep cross broad from shut vary, an opportunity he would have been virtually assured to attain in his prime.
He had the ball within the internet simply after the half-hour mark when it landed on him within the field, however referee Ismail Elfath judged him harshly for pushing Alexander Djiku earlier than turning round and scoring an aesthetic end.
Ronaldo was certainly Portugal’s solely actual purpose menace in opposition to what are on paper the weakest aspect in Group H, buoyed by a gaggle of enthusiastic supporters who placed on extra of a present within the stands than their on a regular basis gamers initially within the area.
Ajax midfielder Kudus briefly cheered the gang 10 minutes after the break when he charged ahead in opposition to an uncovered Portuguese protection and unleashed a robust shot which lastly went broad of Diogo Costa’s left publish.
Ronaldo then went down in his record-breaking penalty, however because the refrain of cheers and chanting to his title began to die down, a beforehand uninteresting match delivered to life, Ayew surprised the gang by tapping Kudus’ shot within the 73rd minute.
Nevertheless Felix and Leao ensured Portugal took the factors with two positive pictures in as many minutes, each scored by Ronaldo’s former United team-mate Bruno Fernandes.
Bukari then imitated Ronaldo by cheering on purpose after returning dwelling scoreless, however Portugal held on for a giant win on a historic day.