FIFA World Cup 2022 Portugal v Ghana

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By Damien McCartney and AP

Portugal could have come away from their first World Cup match in opposition to Ghana with a 3-2 win, however very almost gave two factors away with a mind fade on the loss of life.

With actually moments left within the match, deep into damage time, Portuguese ‘keeper Diogo Costa rolled the ball in entrance of him seemingly unaware Ghana striker Inaki Williams was hiding behind him.

Williams rushed ahead in an try to attain, however slipped over at an important second, permitting defenders to hurry again and clear the ball.

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The Portuguese bench – together with star striker Cristiano Ronaldo – may solely watch on in horror.

“That might’ve been a sensational finish to this Group H match,” the commentator mentioned.

Earlier, within the sixty fifth minute, Ronaldo closed his eyes, took a deep breath and scored from the spot to grow to be the primary man to attain at 5 World Cups to open the scoring for Portugal.

Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana eight minutes later, however Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal within the 78th and Rafael Leao added a 3rd. Osman Bukari decreased Ghana’s deficit within the 89th.

Ronaldo penalty makes World Cup historical past

The 37-year-old Ronaldo was trying to showcase his abilities to potential new golf equipment after having his contract terminated at Manchester United this week. After losing two good possibilities within the first half, he tumbled beneath a problem by Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu to earn a penalty.

Wheeling away after the ball struck the again of the web, a smiling Ronaldo carried out his regular leap and swivel within the air – the group roared his trademark “SI-UUU” as he did the pirouette – earlier than getting mobbed by teammates.

He has now scored in each World Cup since his first in 2006 and has a file 118 worldwide objectives.

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