New record for CR7: Portugal starts with a win against Ghana

Ghana’s national coach Otto Addo, who will return to his actual position as talent manager at Borussia Dortmund after the World Cup, had issued the slogan before the World Cup that he wanted to play with all teams, including Portugal. The Africans went into the game with corresponding commitment.

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However, the Magellans took control of the game after the first sampling phase. In the duels in particular, the Europeans acted much more dominantly and confidently, leaving Ghana hardly any opportunities to develop. As a result, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who had the first big chance, but was denied by keeper Lawrence Ati Zigi (13′).

Ronaldo goal called back

The first excitement came in the 29th minute when a Ronaldo shot wriggled in the net, but before that the superstar was called a foul. It wasn’t until the 55th minute before Ghana played an offensive game for the first time. The shot from top talent Mohammed Kudus hissed just wide of the right goalpost.

Ten pointer turns later, however, it was the star himself who redeemed the selecção. Ronaldo was awarded a more than questionable penalty, which he converted himself. For CR7, the tournament in Qatar is the fifth World Cup in which he was able to score at least one goal. A record that no player has ever achieved before.

Ghana counters

Anyone who thought the Black Stars would now accept their fate was wrong. First, Diogo Costa was able to save a long-range shot from Kudus (72′). A minute later, the Ajax professional did better and put across to veteran André Ayew, who scored the equalizer.

However, the Portuguese response was not long in coming. João Félix put Portugal back in front. Rafael Leão, who had just come on as a substitute, brought what was supposed to be a preliminary decision. However, Ghana did not give up and Osman Bukari scored again to make it 3-2.

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