Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal took on Ghana in their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener and registered a 3-2 win over the African side to earn all three points.
However, it was not a straightforward win for Portugal, with the game having a nervy end to it. After the goalless first half, the second half saw five goals scored in the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first to add his name to the scoresheet, finding the net from a penalty he himself had won. Ghana equalized just eight minutes later, with Andre Ayew slotting home from close range.
Portugal, though, again took the lead in the 78th minute through Joao Felix before doubling their advantage in the 80th minute, courtesy of a goal by Rafael Leao. Ghana scored their second goal of the match in the 89th minute and desperately searched for an equalizer, but it never came.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Reaction as Portugal Nearly Gift Ghana Equalizer
Although Ghana never really found the equalizer, they came close to scoring their third goal of the match. Ghana sent a cross into the Portugal box deep into the injury time which their goalkeeper Diogo Costa comfortably caught.
That seemed to be Ghana’s final chance at an equalizer but it was not. As Costa dropped the ball and placed it on the pitch, he was unaware of the presence of Inaki Williams.
Costa cunningly made a run and stole the ball from the Portuguese goalkeeper, but slipped at the crucial moment – as he turned his body to send the ball into an open net.
Portugal recovered at that moment when Williams slipped as Ruben Dias denied the Ghanaian forward a shot at goal before Danilo Pereira cleared the ball to safety.
Costa nearly gifted Ghana a third goal and an equalizer, which would have denied Portugal a victory in their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener. Ronaldo’s reaction as Costa dropped the ball with Williams lurking behind perhaps best summed up how Portugal fans felt at that moment.
Meanwhile, the win over Ghana took Portugal to the top of the points table in Group H. They have three points from one match, while South Korea and Uruguay have a point each after playing out a goalless draw on Thursday. Ghana, meanwhile, finds themselves bottom of the points table, with zero points from one match.