World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Ronaldo, Felix and Leao score


Cristiano Ronaldo is the second oldest player to score in the World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in five Fifa World Cups as Portugal opened their campaign with a thrilling win over Ghana.

Ronaldo was playing for the first time since his sacking by Manchester United following the controversial TV interview and comments last week.

And the 37-year-old scored the opening goal from the penalty spot after Ghana’s Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu was brought down in the box.

Captain Ronaldo had a couple of chances early on, but a low shot was smothered by Lawrence Ati-Zigi who also headed home at the far post.

The forward had a goal disallowed for a push on Alexander Djikuri, and at the other end, Ghana didn’t have a single shot in the opening period.

The Africans improved in the second period when Mohammed Kudus drilled wide of the post, and he got his reward when Andre Ayew equalized.

But Portugal responded with two goals to seal the points: Joao Felix converted a beautifully cut finish and substitute Rafael Leao calmly stroked home within seconds.

Osman Bukhari got in a late consolation for Ghana and there could have been real drama in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Diogo Costa let the ball down, apparently unaware that Inaki Williams was chasing him, but after racing to catch the ball, the Ghana striker slipped at the crucial moment and cleared the shot off the line.

Victory means Portugal top Group H after Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw on Thursday.

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Portugal

  1. Group number22Player namesays Costa

  2. Group number20Player nameJoão Cancelo

  3. Group number4Player nameRuben Dias

  4. Group number13Player nameDanilo Pereira

  5. Group number5Player nameRafael Guerreiro

  6. Group number10Player nameBernardo Silva

  7. Group number18Player nameRuben Neves

  8. Group number25Player nameOtávio

  9. Group number8Player nameBruno Fernandes

  10. Group number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo

  11. Group number11Player nameJoao Felix

  1. Group number6Player nameJoão Straw

  2. Group number14Player nameWilliam Carvalho

  3. Group number15Player nameRafael Leão

  4. Group number17Player namego mario

  5. Group number26Player nameGonçalo Ramos

Ghana

  1. Group number1Player nameAti-Zigi

  2. Group number26Player nameSeidu

  3. Group number18Player nameAmartey

  4. Group number23Player nameMy DJ

  5. Group number4Player nameSalisu

  6. Group number17Player nameBaba

  7. Group number5Player namethe party

  8. Group number20Player namethe saint

  9. Group number21Player nameAbdul Sameed

  10. Group number10Player nameHey you

  11. Group number19Player nameWilliams

  1. Group number2Player nameLamptey

  2. Group number8Player nameKyereh

  3. Group number9Player nameJ Yes

  4. Group number11Player nameBukhari

  5. Group number25Player nameSemen

The eleven

Portugal

training 4-3-3

  • 22Meireles da Costa
  • 20I cancel it
  • 4Ruben Dias
  • 13DanielBooked in 90 minutes
  • 5the warrior
  • 10Bernardo Silvareplaced byJoão Strawin 88′minutes
  • 18Nevesreplaced byis Conceição Leãoin 77′minutes
  • 25Otávioreplaced byWilliam Carvalhoin 56′minutes
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked in 90 minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldoreplaced byMatias Ramosin 88′minutes
  • 11Felix Sequeirareplaced bygo marioin 88′minutes

replacements

  • 1Rui Patricio
  • 2sharing
  • 3pepe
  • 6João Straw
  • 9lady silva
  • 12the only one
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 15is Conceição Leão
  • 16vitinha
  • 17go mario
  • 21is Luz Horta
  • 23Nunes
  • 24Pereira de Albuquerque Tavares da Silva
  • 26Matias Ramos

Ghana

training 5-3-2

  • 1Ati-Zigi
  • 26SeiduBooked in 57 minutesreplaced byLampteyin 66′minutes
  • 18Amartey
  • 23My DJreplaced bySemenin 90+2′minutes
  • 4Salisu
  • 17Baba
  • 5the party
  • 20the saintBooked in 45 minutesreplaced byBukhariin 77′minutes
  • 21Abdul Sameedreplaced byKyerehin 90+2′minutes
  • 10Hey youBooked in 49 minutesreplaced byJ Yesin 77′minutes
  • 19WilliamsBooked in 90 minutes

replacements

  • 2Lamptey
  • 3wait
  • 6Owusu
  • 7Fatawa
  • 8Kyereh
  • 9J Yes
  • 11Bukhari
  • 12Danlad
  • 13Afriyie
  • 14Mensah
  • 15Aidoo
  • 16Nurudeen
  • 22Suleman
  • 24sowah
  • 25Semen

Judge:
Ismail Elfath

Assistance:
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