FIFA World Cup 2022 Portugal vs Ghana Report: While there was not a single goal in the first half, 5 goals within 25 minutes in the second half created an exciting atmosphere.
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Two of the best footballers of this century, playing in their last football World Cup, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo But since the beginning of the tournament, there have been maximum eyes and both started their respective campaigns with a goal, but both the teams got different results in their account. Argentina suffered a historic upset against Saudi Arabia, but Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team beat Ghana 3-2 in a thrilling encounter to open their World Cup account with three points. All the five goals of the match were scored within 25 minutes of the second half.
Ronaldo’s world record
The most unique stadium of the Football World Cup, Doha’s Stadium 974, got the chance to debut with a memorable record of superstar player Cristiano Ronaldo as the top international goalscorer in the world. Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 65th minute and set a record for becoming the first male player to score in 5 different World Cups.
failure in the first half
On Thursday, November 24, the first two matches of the fifth day of the World Cup were not much fun in terms of goals and only 1 goal was seen in these two matches. In such a situation, everyone’s eyes were on the Portugal-Ghana match, where Ronaldo, one of the most successful strikers in the world, was expected to perform strongly. Due to the controversial relationship with the English club Manchester United, Cristiano himself also came down with the intention of silencing everyone.
Ronaldo put the ball in the goal in the 31st minute, but before that he fouled the opposing player and the referee rejected the goal.
Second Half, 25 minutes, 5 goals
Portugal created many attacking opportunities, but could not convert any of them into goals in the first half. Thus the first half ended in a 0-0 draw. The situation remained the same for the first 20 minutes in the second half, but in the meantime Mohammad Salisu fouled Ronaldo inside the penalty box and the referee awarded a penalty to Portugal. Ronaldo scored a goal in the 65th minute to create history and gave the team the lead and from here the thrill came in the match.
With this goal of Ronaldo, the process of 5 goals started within 25 minutes. In the 73rd minute for Ghana, captain Andre Ayew scored a goal to equalize the match. This was the first goal of any African team in the current World Cup. Ghana’s celebration was not even over when Joao Felix scored from the right flank in the 78th minute on a pass from Bruno Fernandez. Two minutes later, substitute player Rafael Liao put the team ahead 3-1 on an excellent move.
It seemed from here that now Portugal has won easily, but it did not happen. Bukhari of Ghana reduced Portugal’s lead in the 89th minute with a header from a pass from the left end and gave Ghana hope of a draw, but Ronaldo’s team eventually managed to win by retaining the lead.
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