Ronaldo scores in fifth World Cup as Portugal squeeze previous Ghana

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Portugal’s ahead #07 Cristiano Ronaldo shoots and scores a penalty shot through the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H soccer match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 24, 2022. (AFP)

DOHA, Qatar – Cristiano Ronaldo rewrote the historical past books once more on Thursday after turning into the primary man to attain at 5 World Cups with the opening aim in Portugal’s tight 3-2 win over Ghana.

The 37-year-old set the document with a Sixty fifth-minute penalty on the 974 Stadium in Doha, serving to Fernando Santos’ crew to a victory which moved them prime of Group H, two factors forward of Uruguay and South Korea.

Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao then made certain of the win after Andre Ayew’s leveller had briefly threatened to smash Ronaldo’s celebration.

Osman Bukari netted within the ultimate minute for Ghana however the match’s lowest-ranked aspect couldn’t pull off a shock and sit backside of the group.

Ronaldo overtakes Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who all scored in 4 World Cups, after being introduced down by Mohammed Salisu and taking the penalty himself.

However Ghana coach Otto Addo stated the choice was to award the penalty was “a particular reward from the referee” Ismail Elfath as he thought Ronaldo fouled Salisu.

Addo’s Portugal counterpart Fernando Santos then stated he wouldn’t “make any touch upon what my colleague stated”, earlier than insisting that had it not been a foul the VAR officers would have knowledgeable Elfath on the pitch.

“We must also give credit score to Ghana as a result of additionally they performed very effectively,” Santos stated of his spirited opponents.

“Now it’s time for us to relaxation and after the remaining we can have a dialog to take inventory of the match.”

Manchester United introduced this week that Ronaldo will go away with speedy impact after he criticized the membership and supervisor Erik ten Hag in a TV interview.

And Ronaldo later stated {that a} “chapter is closed” following his bitter departure from Outdated Trafford, regardless of a removed from classic efficiency from the ageing icon.

All eyes on Ronaldo

All the eye pre-match was on Ronaldo and whether or not he might break the document and he had the right probability to take action within the tenth minute.

Mohammed Kudus gave the ball away sloppily in midfield and Otavio slipped Ronaldo by means of, just for the as soon as medical finisher to miscontrol the move and clatter into Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi as he tried to recuperate and poke residence.

And shortly afterwards Ronaldo headed Raphael Guerreiro’s deep cross vast from shut vary, an opportunity that in his prime he would have been nearly assured to attain.

He did have the ball within the web simply after the half-hour mark when it dropped to him within the space, however he was harshly judged by Elfath to have pushed Alexander Djiku earlier than turning and stroking residence a cultured end.

Ronaldo was in actual fact Portugal’s solely actual aim menace early on towards what on paper is Group H’s weakest crew, who had been backed by an enthusiastic set of supporters who placed on extra of a present within the stands than their workaday gamers initially did on the pitch.

Ajax midfielder Kudus had the group briefly off their ft 10 minutes after the break when he burst ahead towards an uncovered Portugal defence and let off a strong shot which ultimately sailed comfortably vast of Diogo Costa’s left-hand publish.

Ronaldo then crashed in his record-breaking penalty however because the refrain of cheers and chants of his identify began to die down a beforehand boring sport sparked into life, Ayew gorgeous the group by tapping in Kudus’ pull-back within the 73rd minute.

Nevertheless Felix and Leao made certain Portugal would take the factors with two pretty finishes in as many minutes, each strikes arrange by Ronaldo’s former United teammate Bruno Fernandes.

Bukari then imitated Ronaldo along with his aim celebration after heading residence fully unmarked and deep in stoppage time Ghana had the possibility to grab an unlikely draw.

Costa dropped the ball at his ft fully unaware that Inaki Williams was prowling, however fortunately for Portugal after nicking the ball the Athletic Bilbao ahead slipped and Portugal held out for an enormous win on a historic day.

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