The 2022 FIFA World Cup continued on Thursday as Portugal narrowly defeated Ghana, 3-2, at Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Abaaoud, Qatar, earning three points in Group H with the win.
It marked Portugal’s first World Cup victory in an opening match since 2006, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored once on Thursday, made history as the first male player to score in five different World Cup tournaments.
Switzerland earlier claimed three points in Group G after handling Cameroon well, winning 1-0 to open the day, while Uruguay and South Korea battled to a goalless draw in the second match of the day. Both squads grabbed a point in Group H for their efforts.
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Portugal vs Ghana Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup
It was Portugal’s first win in the opening match of the World Cup since 2006.
Here are the best plays.
Portugal 3, Ghana 2
22′: Air Ronaldo arrives
Ronaldo had a chance to give Portugal an early lead with that header, but he missed the target. Still, he took some air in the process.
30′: Canceled goal
Ronaldo netted on the stroke of half an hour, but the goal was immediately disallowed for a foul on Ghana defender Alexander Jiku. Just like that, things remained scoreless until halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Ghana was disallowed by a foul
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was disallowed by a foul in Portugal’s match with Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the 30th minute after a foul was awarded.
57′: Seeing yellow
Things heated up quickly in the second half. Ghana’s Andre Ayew was booked in the 49th minute, followed by team-mate Alidou Seydoux, who was booked for contact with Portugal’s Joao Felix.
Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to give Portugal a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute, becoming the first male player to score in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Ghana in 62′
Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
73′: Ghana equalise
Portugal’s lead was short-lived as Ayew headed home in the 73rd minute to level things at 1-1.
Ghana’s Andre Ayew scores against Portugal in the 73′
Andre Ayew’s second-half goal qualifies Portugal for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
78′: Portugal hit back
Felix, assisted by Bruno Fernandes, grabbed a big goal in the second half to put Portugal back in front 2-1.
Portugal’s Joao Felix scores against Ghana in the 77′
Joao Felix scores in the second half against Ghana at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
80′: Gas, no brakes
Two minutes later, Rafael Leao scored for Portugal after a quick break to extend their lead to 3-1.
Rafael Leao of Portugal scores against. Ghana in 80′
Rafael Leao scores against Ghana at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
89′: Ghana keep close
Ghanaian midfielder Ousmane Bukhari reduced the gap slightly in the final few minutes, 3-2, with a header.
However, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, and things ended there.
Ghana’s Ousmane Bukhari scores against Portugal in the 89′
Ousmane Boukari scores against Portugal at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
Setting the scene
All eyes were on Portuguese superstar Ronaldo when he took to the pitch on Thursday.
The 37-year-old sent shockwaves through the sporting world this week when news broke that he left his club Manchester United by mutual consentand that he was stopped and fined by the Football Association for two games with whichever club he ends up at. Ronaldo skipped his media duties as national team captain at the official FIFA team press conference on Thursday, but fans still flocked to support the star.
History in the making
Ronaldo, who equaled the men’s record for appearing in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments starting on Thursday, became emotional as Portugal’s national anthem ‘A Portuguesa’ played in the stadium before all the action.
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks down in tears during Portugal’s national anthem
Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears during Portugal’s national anthem ahead of their match against Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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