The FIFA World Cup 2022 continued on Thursday, with Portugal narrowly beating Ghana 3-2 at Stadium 974 in Qatar’s Ras Abu Aboud to take three points in Group H with the win.
It is Portugal’s first World Cup win in an opening game since 2006, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored once on Thursday, made history as the first men’s player to score in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Previously, Switzerland earned three points in Group G after settling things against Cameroon, winning 1-0 to open the day, as Uruguay and South Korea battled to a scoreless draw in the second game of the day. Both teams took a point in Group H for their efforts.
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Highlights Portugal vs. Ghana | FIFA World Cup 2022
It was Portugal’s first win in an opening World Cup game since 2006.
Here are the best plays.
Portugal 3, Ghana 2
22′: Air Ronaldo arrives
Ronaldo had the chance to give Portugal an early lead with this header, but was unable to connect. He did catch some air during the process.
30′: Goal cancelled
Ronaldo made contact with the net after half an hour, but the goal was promptly disallowed for a foul on Ghanaian defender Alexander Djiku. It remained goalless on the way to halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal vs. Ghana was destroyed by foul
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was canceled out by a foul in the match between Portugal and Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the 30th minute after a foul.
57′: See yellow
Things heated up quickly in the second half. Ghana’s André Ayew was booked in the 49th minute, followed by teammate Alidu Seidu who was booked after contact with Portugal’s João Félix.
Ronaldo scored on a penalty kick to put Portugal 1–0 up in the 65th minute, becoming the first men’s player to score in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal vs. Ghana in 62′
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal for Portugal during the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
73′: Ghana draws level
Portugal’s lead was short lived as Ayew made contact with the net in the 73rd minute to make it 1–1.
André Ayew scores goal against Portugal in 73′ from Ghana
André Ayew’s goal in the second half will tie Portugal in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
78′: Portugal reacts
Félix, assisted by Bruno Fernandes, concocted a great goal in the second half to put Portugal ahead again, 2-1.
Portugal João Félix scores goal vs. Ghana in 77′
João Félix scores a goal in the second half vs. Ghana in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
80′: All throttle, no brake
Two minutes later, Rafael Leão hit one for Portugal after a quick break to extend their lead, 3–1.
Portugal’s Rafael Leão scores goal vs. Ghana in 80′
Rafael Leão scores a goal against Ghana during the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
89′: Ghana keeps it close
Ghanaian midfielder Osman Bukari closed the gap slightly in the last minutes, 3-2, with a header.
However, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback and that’s where it ended.
Osman Bukari of Ghana scores goal vs. Portugal in 89′
Osman Bukari scores a goal against Portugal in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
Set up the stage
All eyes were on Portuguese superstar Ronaldo as he took the field on Thursday.
The 37-year-old sent shockwaves through the sporting world this week when news broke that he left his club, Manchester United, by mutual consentand he was suspended and fined by the Football Association for two matches with the club he lands with next. Ronaldo skipped his media duties as national team captain on Thursday at the team’s official FIFA press conference, but fans still poured in to support the star.
History in the making
Ronaldo, who tied the men’s record for playing in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments starting Thursday, got emotional as Portugal’s national anthem, “A Portuguesa”, echoed through the stadium ahead of all the action.
Cristiano Ronaldo bursts into tears during the Portuguese national anthem
Cristiano Ronaldo burst into tears during the Portuguese national anthem before their match against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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