Portugal edged Ghana for a 3-2 win at Stadium 974 on Thursday night in the Black Stars’ 2022 World Cup opener as VAR was missing in motion.
Cristiano Ronaldo transformed a controversial penalty to give the Portuguese the lead simply after the hour mark before Andre Ayew levelled for Ghana.
There was late drama as the European nation scored two-in-two minutes for a 3-1 lead. Substitute Osman Bukari headed in brilliantly late on to finish the game 3-2.
The Black Stars grew to become the primary African staff to score a goal at this year’s match.
Portugal leads Group H with three factors after the win, with Ghana backside. Uruguay and South Korea have a point each after drawing goalless earlier.
The Black Stars will subsequent play South Korea on November 28 whereas Portugal faces Uruguay on the same day.
Cristiano Ronaldo obtained the primary sight at goal however Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi was very proactive to run out of his line and put the ball to security in 10 minutes.
The A Selecao restricted the Black Stars to their very own half in the primary 20 minutes, taking part in 76% of the ball whereas Ghana has solely 24% of possession.
At the half hour mark, Ronaldo drilled the ball into Ghana’s net however he fouled Alexander Djiku in the process.
The Black Stars’ plan to catch Portugal on the counter wasn’t working as the midfield couldn’t spot Inaki Williams, with the Euro 2016 champions getting 5 makes an attempt, one heading in the right direction against Ghana’s zero.
A half accomplished dominated by the two-time semifinalists ended in a goalless draw.
Ghana lastly got here out of their very own half to play as Mohammed Kudus made a marvellous solo run to hit an awesome shot that missed the goal narrowly 10 minutes into the second half.
Portugal was awarded a gentle penalty that was not checked by the VAR after a least contact from Mohammed Salisu. The protestations of the Ghanaian players had been ignored by the USA referee Elfath.
Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot as he transformed brilliantly to break the impasse in the sixty fourth minute to make World Cup historical past. He grew to become the primary player to score in 5 consecutive tournaments.
Ghana pulled the equalizer by way of Andre Ayew, who latched onto a Kudus cutback in the 73rd minute.
Portugal caught Ghana’s backline sleeping on the break as Joao Felix picked a Baba Rahman missed ball to convert from the precise aspect of the field in the 78th minute.
The same scenario repeated itself two minutes later. This time on the precise aspect, with substitute Raphael Leao changing from the left post.
With a minute to the top of the 90, Osman Bukari reduce Portugal’s lead to one after heading in a Baba Rahman cross from the left.
Portugal held on to for the victory to beat back Ghana’s late pressure for an equalizer.
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