DOHA, Qatar — Portugal erupted within the second half of its 2022 World Cup opener, and beat Ghana 3-2, however solely after a controversial penalty, gained and transformed by Cristiano Ronaldo, sprung the sport to life.
Portugal had been superior however impotent for the opening hour, however lastly unlocked a resistant Ghana protection when Ronaldo tumbled to the bottom within the penalty space. He’d stretched for a ball alongside Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu and each appeared to contact it. Replays appeared to point out a very clear play.
The referee, although, pointed to the penalty spot. His video assistant didn’t intervene. Ronaldo transformed the spot kick on the sixty fifth minute, and the eruption started. With the purpose, Ronaldo turned the primary man to attain in 5 separate World Cups.
It was the primary of 5 targets in lower than 25 minutes. Ghana bought its eight minutes after the penalty when André Ayew scored the equalizer off his proper foot off an excellent low cross into the center from a rushing Kudus. Portugal regained the lead, then prolonged it inside a couple of minutes because of the 2 younger attackers who’ll exchange Ronaldo sometime, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao.
Ghana, nevertheless, wasn’t achieved as Osman Bukari discovered the online after breaking by the dismal Portugal protection. Then, in stoppage time Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa made a significant mistake that would’ve given Ghana the equalizer. Costa dropped the ball to kick out, however did not understand Inaki Williams was behind him. Williams stole the ball and had an open internet in entrance of him, however slipped on the closing second and Portugal defenders made it again in time to clear the hazard and eke out the win and the three factors.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo broke open the scoring in opposition to Ghana with a penalty within the sixty fifth minute on Thursday. (Photograph by Sarah Stier – FIFA/FIFA by way of Getty Pictures)