FIFA World Cup - Group H
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World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana - Ronaldo, Felix and Leao score

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport at Stadium 974, Doha

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score at five Fifa World Cups as Portugal began their campaign with a thrilling victory over Ghana.

Ronaldo was playing for the first time since his controversial television interview last week and his subsequent release by Manchester United following the comments.

And the 37-year-old scored the opening goal from the penalty spot, hammering in after being tripped in the box by Ghana's Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.

Captain Ronaldo had a couple of chances early on but a low shot was smothered by Lawrence Ati-Zigi and he also headed wide at the far post.

The forward had a goal disallowed for a push on Alexander Djiku while at the other end, Ghana did not have a single shot in the opening period.

The Ghanaians improved in the second period, with Mohammed Kudus drilling narrowly wide of the far post and got their reward when Andre Ayew equalised from close range.

But Portugal responded with two goals in two minutes to seal the points - Joao Felix converting a delightfully clipped finish and substitute Rafael Leao coolly stroking in just seconds after coming on.

Osman Bukari headed in a late consolation for Ghana and there could have been real drama in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Diogo Costa put the ball on the floor in readiness to kick it upfield, seemingly unaware Inaki Williams was behind him, but after racing to intercept the ball, the Ghana forward slipped at the crucial moment and a scuffed shot was cleared off the line.

Victory means Portugal top Group H after Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw earlier on Thursday.

Ronaldo hogs the headlines again

The focus before this game was on just one man - Ronaldo.

The veteran forward came into the tournament with a cloud over his head following the explosive TalkTV interview where he said he felt "betrayed" by Manchester United.

Unhappy with what he had to say, the Premier League club initiated a process to terminate his contract, which was confirmed on Tuesday.

But the player will be in the headlines for all the right reasons this time, as he surpassed the great Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose to stand on his own by scoring at five different editions of the tournament.

Supporters were on their feet in anticipation every time Ronaldo got anywhere near the ball and they erupted when his strike from the penalty spot in the second half - which came after relatively easy missed opportunities in the opening period - hit the back of the net.

It was also a record-extending 118th international goal, which includes eight in the group stage of the World Cup, though he is the player with the most strikes without netting in the knockout stage.

Former West Ham and Swansea striker Ayew levelled from Mohammed Kudus' cutback to extend Ghana's run of scoring in their last six World Cup games.

Felix's sumptuous finish and Leao's nerveless effort looked to have sealed the points for Portugal with 10 minutes remaining.

Substitute Bukari headed in and celebrated with Ronaldo's 'Siu'. Otto Addo's side would have been delighted with a draw and almost got it, but for Williams' slip.

Player of the match

LampteyTariq Lamptey

with an average of 7.62

Portugal

  1. Squad number8Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    6.93

  2. Squad number15Player nameRafael Leão
    Average rating

    6.89

  3. Squad number10Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    6.58

  4. Squad number18Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    6.43

  5. Squad number11Player nameJoão Félix
    Average rating

    6.31

  6. Squad number4Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    6.29

  7. Squad number14Player nameWilliam Carvalho
    Average rating

    6.07

  8. Squad number20Player nameJoão Cancelo
    Average rating

    5.95

  9. Squad number6Player nameJoão Palhinha
    Average rating

    5.93

  10. Squad number17Player nameJoão Mário
    Average rating

    5.89

  11. Squad number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo
    Average rating

    5.89

  12. Squad number5Player nameRaphaël Guerreiro
    Average rating

    5.86

  13. Squad number25Player nameOtávio
    Average rating

    5.85

  14. Squad number26Player nameGonçalo Ramos
    Average rating

    5.76

  15. Squad number13Player nameDanilo Pereira
    Average rating

    5.75

  16. Squad number22Player nameDiogo Costa
    Average rating

    5.43

Ghana

  1. Squad number2Player nameLamptey
    Average rating

    7.62

  2. Squad number5Player namePartey
    Average rating

    6.92

  3. Squad number10Player nameA Ayew
    Average rating

    6.83

  4. Squad number20Player nameKudus
    Average rating

    6.78

  5. Squad number4Player nameSalisu
    Average rating

    6.62

  6. Squad number1Player nameAti-Zigi
    Average rating

    6.57

  7. Squad number25Player nameSemenyo
    Average rating

    6.53

  8. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
    Average rating

    6.52

  9. Squad number17Player nameBaba
    Average rating

    6.51

  10. Squad number11Player nameBukari
    Average rating

    6.50

  11. Squad number21Player nameAbdul Samed
    Average rating

    6.41

  12. Squad number23Player nameDjiku
    Average rating

    6.38

  13. Squad number26Player nameSeidu
    Average rating

    6.35

  14. Squad number19Player nameWilliams
    Average rating

    6.32

  15. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
    Average rating

    6.28

  16. Squad number8Player nameKyereh
    Average rating

    6.21

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Diogo Costa
  • 20Cancelo
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 13DaniloBooked at 90mins
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forJoão Palhinhaat 88'minutes
  • 18NevesSubstituted forRafael Leãoat 77'minutes
  • 25OtávioSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 56'minutes
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forGonçalo Ramosat 88'minutes
  • 11João FélixSubstituted forJoão Márioat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Dalot
  • 3Pepe
  • 6João Palhinha
  • 9André Silva
  • 12
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 15Rafael Leão
  • 16Vitinha
  • 17João Mário
  • 21Ricardo Horta
  • 23Nunes
  • 24António Silva
  • 26Gonçalo Ramos

Ghana

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Ati-Zigi
  • 26SeiduBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLampteyat 66'minutes
  • 18Amartey
  • 23DjikuSubstituted forKyerehat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Salisu
  • 17Baba
  • 5Partey
  • 21Abdul SamedSubstituted forSemenyoat 90+2'minutes
  • 20KudusBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBukariat 77'minutes
  • 10A AyewBooked at 49minsSubstituted forJ Ayewat 77'minutes
  • 19WilliamsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 3Odoi
  • 6Owusu
  • 7Fatawu
  • 8Kyereh
  • 9J Ayew
  • 11Bukari
  • 12Danlad
  • 13Afriyie
  • 14Mensah
  • 15Aidoo
  • 16Nurudeen
  • 22Sulemana
  • 24Sowah
  • 25Semenyo
Referee:
Ismail Elfath
Attendance:
42,662

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamGhana
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Osman Bukari (Ghana) right footed shot from long range on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

  4. Post update

    Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Amartey (Ghana).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rafael Leão (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Palhinha.

  7. Booking

    Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Portugal).

  9. Post update

    Osman Bukari (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Osman Bukari (Ghana).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Ghana. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replaces Alexander Djiku.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ghana. Antoine Semenyo replaces Salis Abdul Samed.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohammed Salisu (Ghana) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Partey.

  15. Booking

    Danilo Pereira (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Booking

    Iñaki Williams (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Danilo Pereira (Portugal).

  18. Post update

    Iñaki Williams (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Portugal 3, Ghana 2. Osman Bukari (Ghana) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. João Palhinha replaces Bernardo Silva.

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