DOHA: Portugal led by Cristiano Ronaldo narrowly won 3-2 over Ghana in the opening match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup just now.
In the first half, the game was balanced with both teams failing to display an effective finish to find a goal.
The score remained 0-0 until the final whistle of the first half.
Continuing the second half, Portugal began to double the pressure and as a result, Fernando Santos’ men were awarded a penalty kick in the 65th minute after Ronaldo was brought down in the penalty box.
Ronaldo, who was entrusted as a calm taker, fired a powerful shot into the left corner of Ghanaian goalkeeper Ati Zigi for Portugal’s first goal.
The goal was also a new record for Ronaldo as he became the first player to score in five World Cup tournaments.
However, Ronaldo’s goal did not last long as Ghana captain Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute to make it 1-1.
Five minutes later, Joao Felix scored Portugal’s second goal after a beautiful pass from Bruno Fernandes before Rafael Leao added another two minutes later to make it 3-1.
Stunned by the goal, Ghana doubled the effort and they managed to close the gap to 3-2 thanks to Osman Bukari’s goal in the 89th minute.
Ghana’s flurry of attacks was then successfully broken by the Portuguese defense to keep the score 3-2 until the final whistle.
The victory saw Portugal currently leading Group H with three points, after which they will face Uruguay while Ghana will face South Korea. – ONLINE MESSENGER
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