One man took center stage in Portugal’s first game at the Qatar World Cup against Ghana: Cristiano Ronaldo! Just a few days ago it was announced that Manchester United had ended their collaboration with the superstar. So “CR7” will have to look for a new club after the World Cup. For the time being, Cristiano Ronaldo’s focus was in Qatar at the World Cup finals. The Portuguese is one of the favorites at this World Cup, in contrast to Ghana. For the first time in twelve years, the team from Africa has the knockout phase in mind.
Interim coach Otto Addo’s squad played defensively with a five-man chain. Ghana put the main focus on the defensive. As expected, Portugal were the dominant team with more possession. After losing the ball, Ronaldo appeared in front of the Ghana goal. But the star striker put the ball too far in front of him, so Ati-Zigi was able to prevent the goal from being scored (10′). Three minutes later, “CR7” headed wide of the goal from close range. Otherwise, there wasn’t much going on in the first 45 minutes. The logical result at half-time was therefore 0-0.
Ghana initially stuck to the tactical concept in the second half and kept the defensive bulwark together. Portugal, on the other hand, struggled to create chances. There was no getting through for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. But Ghana had a great chance. Mohammed Kudus plucked up courage, pulled with his left foot and just missed the Portuguese goal (55′).
In the 62nd minute, Ronaldo himself won a penalty after being fouled by Dias in the penalty area. The ex-Manchester United star himself stepped up and converted to put Portugal ahead. This makes Ronaldo the first footballer to have scored in five World Cups. Ghana tried to respond with a long-range shot from Kudus (72′). A few seconds later, the Oddo-Elf managed to equalize. Ghana combined down the left and Kudus put the five to Ayew, who netted to make it 1-1.
Ghana’s joy at the equalizer didn’t last long, especially as Portugal scored the second goal in the 78th minute. Joao Felix, who had not been there until then, looped over the Ghana keeper and made it 2-1. The next shock for Ghana followed after 80 minutes. Bruno Fernandes launched a counterattack, Leao pushed into the right corner and made it 3-1. However, Ghana came back again in the 89th minute. Bukari headed in from close range and reduced the lead to 2:3. However, Ghana could not equalize. Portugal celebrates a 3:2 victory in the first World Cup game.