cristiano ronaldo He became the first man to score in five World Cups when he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday. The 37-year-old set the record by smashing home a spot-kick in the 65th minute at Doha’s 974 Stadium. Fernando A win for Santos’ side leaves them top of Group H, two points ahead of Uruguay and South Korea. Joao Felix and the rising star Raphael Leo sealed the win after Andre Ayew’s leveler briefly threatened destruction ronaldoits party
Osman Bukari scored a last-minute goal for Ghana but the tournament’s lowest-ranked side could not overcome any shock and sit bottom of the group. He surpassed Ronaldo the first and German Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klosewho has scored in four World Cups, after bringing down Mohamed Salisu and taking a penalty.
Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo would leave with immediate effect after criticizing the club and manager Erik ten Haag in a TV interview, but he has shown no signs of strain since the bitter end to his time at Old Trafford. All pre-match attention was on Ronaldo and whether he could break the record and he had a perfect chance to do so in the 10th minute.
Mohamed Qudus passed the ball sloppily in midfield and slipped Ottavio Ronaldo, only for the one-time clinical finisher to miscontrol the pass and collide with Ghanaian goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi as he attempted to poke home.
Ronaldo headed in shortly after Rafael GuerreiroA deep cross from close range flew wide, a chance he would almost certainly have scored in his prime. He had the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark, but referee Ismail Elfath adjudged him harshly as he nudged Aleksandar Dziku before turning and producing a superb finish.
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Ronaldo was indeed Portugal’s only real goal threat in what was on paper the weakest side in Group H, backed by a fervent fan base who displayed more in the stands than their day-to-day players did on the opening pitch.
Ajax midfielder Kudus briefly took the crowd off their feet 10 minutes after the break when he surged against an exposed Portugal defense and unleashed a powerful shot that eventually went comfortably past Diogo Costa’s left-hand post. Ronaldo then crashed over his record-breaking penalty but a dull game of life began to ring with cheers and the sound of his name, Ayew stunned the crowd by tapping in Qudus’ pull-back in the 73rd minute.
While Felix and Leo ensured Portugal would take the points with two fine finishes in as many minutes, both strikes were set up by Ronaldo’s former United team-mate. Bruno Fernandes.
Bukhari then emulated Ronaldo with his goal celebration after heading home completely unmarked, but Portugal held on for a big win on a historic day.
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