Portugal vs Ghana: Portugal coasted past Ghana 3-2 in their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener to get their campaign off to a winning start. Portugal vs Ghana kicked off the match knowing a win would take them to the top of the points table in Group H after Uruguay vs South Korea ended out a goalless earlier today.
The EURO 2016 winners started the game strongly and dominated possession against Ghana, but failed to create many clear-cut chances in the first half of the game.
Both sides headed into the interval break without a goal, but the second half saw five goals and a nervy end to the match.
Portugal vs Ghana: Portugal Coast Past Ghana in Their FIFA World Cup Opener 2022
Portugal World Cup Squad was announced before the start of the Qatar World Cup 2022. There are no major players missing from the Portugal squad. Ghana World Cup Squad had few surprises as they look an underdog for the FIFA World Cup 2022
After the goalless first half, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 65th minute of the match, converting a penalty to send Portugal a goal up. Ronaldo won the penalty himself after Mohammed Salisu brought him down inside the penalty box.
Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, sending it into the net to give Portugal the lead in FIFA World Cup 2022 match.
Ghana, though, equalized just eight minutes later, with Andre Ayew tapping it home from close range. Ghana attacked down the left and Portugal failed to clear Mohammed Kudus’ cut-back for Ayew, who made no mistake slotting it in.
Portugal, though, would re-establish their lead just five minutes later. Bruno Fernandes slipped Joao Felix in, and the Portuguese youngster sent the ball past the Ghanaian goalkeeper and into the net in Portugal vs Ghana.
Portugal then established a two-goal buffer in the 80th minute of the game. Fernandes again turned the assist provider and Rafael Leao, on as a substitute just minutes earlier, curled the ball into the far corner.
However, the game had a nervy end after Ghana scored their second goal of the match in the 89th minute to halve their deficit. Ghana searched for their third goal and the equalizer in injury time, but it never came as Portugal held to on getting their campaign off to a winning start.
The victory takes Portugal to the top spot in Group H, with three points from one game. South Korea and Uruguay take the second and third positions respectively in the group with one point each. Ghana, meanwhile, sits fourth in the table, with zero points from their first match.