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Cristiano Ronaldo scores, makes history as Portugal beats Ghana in World Cup debut

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This Thursday, Portugal beat Ghana by 3 to 2 in the debut of the selections in the Qatar World Cup🇧🇷 With goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, João Félix and Rafael Leão, the Portuguese team leads group H.

In addition to the importance of the victory, the match marked a record achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo. The ace was the first player in history to score in five different World Cups. The top scorer in national team football scored in the 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 World Cup and in this 2022 World Cup, against the Ghanaian national team.

First step

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The panorama of the match was defined in the first minutes of the game: Portugal with the ball, trying to break through the reinforced defensive system of Ghana. The Portuguese team almost opened the scoring after stealing the ball in the attacking field and Cristiano Ronaldo came face to face with the goal, but he was unable to finish and shared with the goalkeeper.

Portugal exchanged passes with patience and surrounded the Ghanaian area looking for spaces. In the 27th minute, João Félix received a free kick at the entrance to the area and sent it over the crossbar. Next, Cristiano Ronaldo displaced the defender with his body, invaded the area and scored the goal. However, the arbitration called a foul and annulled the bid.

The Ghanaian team struggled to fit in counterattacks and failed to hit a single shot into the opponent’s goal. Iñaki Williams and André Ayew were few used and did not participate in the match.

Second stage

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Aware of the poor performance in the first half, Ghana came back bolder from the break. Kudus pulled a counter-attack and took chances from afar, but the ball scraped past the outside of the crossbar. The attempt by the number 20 was the first submission of the Ghanaians in the game.

When the match seemed to balance and become unpredictable, Cristiano Ronaldo received it in the area and collided with defender Salisu. The referee called a foul and whistled the penalty. The number seven went to the penalty spot and converted, opening the scoring and making history.

In the 27th minute of the second half, the right side of Portugal’s defense failed and Kudus invaded the area alone. The midfielder crossed, the ball deflected off the defender and it was left for Ayew to push into the back of the goal.

In the final stretch of the match, João Félix received it in depth and went straight to the goal. The attacker was cold and sent over the goalkeeper to put the Portuguese team back in front of the scoreboard. Afterwards, the same João Félix recovered the ball in midfield and played for Bruno Fernandes to launch the counterattack. The midfielder found Rafael Leão free on the left side, who sent the first shot into the goalkeeper’s corner to widen it.

There was still time for Ghana to reduce the damage in the 44th minute of the second half. Lateral Cancelo failed once again in the match, Baba received it on the left and crossed for Osman Bukari to score. The additions were electrifying. Iñaki Williams tried to take advantage of the Portuguese goalkeeper’s inattention and almost tied the game at the end.

position in the table

The result guarantees Portugal at the top of Group H with three points, while Uruguay and South Korea have one point each. With the defeat, Ghana is bottom with no points.


Local: Stadium 974 in Doha (CAT)
Data: November 24, 2022, Thursday
Time: 13 hours (from Brasilia)
Referee: Ismail Elphath (USA);
Assistants: Kyle Atkins (USA) and Corey Parker (USA);
WAS: Stephanie Frappart (FRA);
Yellow cards: Mohammed Kudus, André Ayew, Alidu Seidu (Ghana) and Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)

PORTUGAL: Cristiano Ronaldo (in the 20th minute of the 2nd half, with a penalty), João Félix (in the 32nd minute of the 2nd time) and Rafael Leão (in the 35th minute of the 2nd time).

GANA: André Ayew (28 minutes into the second half) and Osman Bukari (44 minutes into the second half).

PORTUGAL: Diogo Costa; João Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Rúben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro; Rúben Neves, Otávio and Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Joao Félix and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Technician: Fernando Santos

GANA: Insults; Alidu Seidu, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Mohammed Salisu and Baba Rahman; Mohammed Kudus, Tomas Partey and Abdul Samed; André Ayew, Kamal Sulemana and Iñaki Williams.
Technician: Otto Addo

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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