Portugal clinched a hard-fought win of their opening sport of the event.
Portugal defeated Ghana 3-2 of their World Cup sport on Thursday. The Black stars put up a formidable struggle towards Cristiano Ronaldo and co at Stadium 974.
All eyes on Ronaldo!
Ronaldo got here into the sport on the again of his highly-controversial departure from Manchester United earlier this week.
The 37-year-old, as soon as once more, returned to the headlines as Portugal ready for his or her World Cup opener.
A colorless first half noticed either side staying cautious of one another’s counterattacks. Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi managed to make a very good save towards Ronaldo, repelling Portugal’s solely critical assault earlier than the break.
The rhythm of the sport modified dramatically, nonetheless, within the second interval. Portugal elevated the strain on Ghana’s backline, lastly scoring the opener via Ronaldo.
CR7 turned the one participant to have scored in 5 totally different World Cup campaigns when he put Portugal forward within the sixty fifth minute.
Nonetheless, Ghana bounced again shortly as they discovered the equalizer via Andre Ayew eight minutes later.
Ghana’s supervisor then made two prompt modifications as he tried to carry Portugal to the draw. However that turned out to be a mistake because the European giants restored their lead shortly afterwards.
Joao Felix scored his first World Cup purpose by changing a unbelievable via ball from Bruno Fernandes. Raphael Leao then doubled Portugal’s lead with a cheeky end within the eightieth minute.
It appeared Portugal had secured their simple win, however Ghana managed to carry them at bay with one other purpose.
Osman Bakuri made it 3-2, however his late purpose wasn’t sufficient to stop Portugal from discovering a profitable begin to the World Cup.
Portugal: Costa (5), Cancelo (6), Dias (6), Pereira (7), Guerreiro (6), Neves (6), Otavio (7), Fernandes (8), Felix (7), B. Silva (7), Ronaldo (7).
Bench: Palhinha (6), Mario (5), Carvalho (6), Leao (7), Ramos (6).
Ghana: Zigi (6), Amartey (6), Seidu (6), Djiku (5), Salisu (5), Rahman (6), Abdul Samed (6), Partey (7), Kudus (7), Williams (6), Ayew (7).
Bench: Lamptey (5), Bakuri (7), Kyereh (6), Semenyo (5), A, Ayew (6).