Cristiano Ronaldo turned the primary man to attain at 5 World Cups on Thursday when he scored the opening purpose from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana. The 37-year-old set the file when he smashed house his spot-kick within the sixty fifth minute on the 974 Stadium in Doha to ship Fernando Santos’ crew to a victory which moved them high of Group H, two factors forward of Uruguay and South Korea. Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao made certain of the win after Andre Ayew’s leveller had briefly threatened to spoil Ronaldo’s occasion.
Osman Bukari netted within the closing minute for Ghana however the event’s lowest-ranked facet could not pull off a shock and sit backside of the group. Ronaldo overtakes Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who all scored in 4 World Cups, after being introduced down by Mohammed Salisu and taking the penalty himself.
Manchester United introduced this week that Ronaldo will go away with quick impact after he criticised the membership and supervisor Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, however he has confirmed no indicators of pressure from the bitter finish to his time at Outdated Trafford. All the eye pre-match was on Ronaldo and whether or not he may break the file and he had the right probability to take action within the tenth minute.
Mohammed Kudus gave the ball away sloppily in midfield and Otavio slipped Ronaldo by means of, just for the as soon as medical finisher to miscontrol the go and clatter into Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi as he tried to poke house.
And shortly afterwards Ronaldo headed Raphael Guerreiro’s deep cross large from shut vary, an opportunity that in his prime he would have been nearly assured to attain. He did have the ball within the internet simply after the half-hour mark when it dropped to him within the space, however he was harshly judged by referee Ismail Elfath to have pushed Alexander Djiku earlier than turning and stroking house a cultured end.
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Ronaldo was in reality Portugal’s solely actual purpose menace towards what on paper is Group H’s weakest crew, who had been backed by an enthusiastic set of supporters who placed on extra of a present within the stands than their workaday gamers initially did on the pitch.
Ajax midfielder Kudus had the group briefly off their ft 10 minutes after the break when he burst ahead towards an uncovered Portugal defence and let off a robust shot which ultimately sailed comfortably large of Diogo Costa’s left-hand put up. Ronaldo then crashed in his record-breaking penalty however because the refrain of cheers and chants of his title began to die down a beforehand boring recreation sparked into life, Ayew gorgeous the group by tapping in Kudus’ pull-back within the 73rd minute.
Nevertheless Felix and Leao made certain Portugal would take the factors with two pretty finishes in as many minutes, each strikes arrange by Ronaldo’s former United teammate Bruno Fernandes.
Bukari then imitated Ronaldo together with his purpose celebration after heading house fully unmarked, however Portugal held out for an enormous win on a historic day.
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