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Portugal vs. Ghana Highlights: Ronaldo sets record as Portugal lead Ghana 3-2 | Football news

NEW DELHI: Cristiano Ronaldo entered the record books as he became the first player to score in five World Cups after converting a penalty kick against Ghana at the opening of Portugal Group H game at Stadium 974 on Thursday. Portugal survived a nervous nine minutes of stoppage time to come 3-2 down the African side in a five-goal thriller.
Portugal completely dominated the first half but failed to break the deadlock and went into half time 0-0 against Ghana. Ronaldo broke the stalemate with a penalty conversion in the 65th minute, his 118th international goal for Portugal. Ghanaian skipper Andre Ayew scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute, but two quick goals from Joao Felix (78th minute) and substitution Raphael Leo (80th minute) put Portugal back on top.

Just when everyone was looking in Portugal’s favour, Osman Bukari scored a goal for Ghana a minute before regular time to put pressure on the European side. Portugal then survived a nervous nine-minute stoppage time to open their campaign with a win.
Most of the action was condensed into a brief period after the 60th minute, which saw Portugal take the lead as they conceded a soft penalty after Ronaldo went down after minimal shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Mohammed Salisu.
Ronaldo closed his eyes as he waited to begin his run-up, then stuttered and slammed the ball into the net to the keeper’s right.

However, Ghana quickly returned fire as Mohammed Kudus’ cross found its way to Ayew who tapped home.
Portugal then got into gear as Felix grabbed a through ball from Bruno Fernandes and casually lifted his finish over the keeper.
Fernandes was also the architect of their third goal, playing another excellent through ball for substitute Leao to slide his goal over the keeper and into the bottom corner.
There was tension at the end, however, when Ghana pulled another goal back in the 89th minute and Osman Bukari headed in a cross from the left.
Portugal, who now top the group with three points, will face Uruguay on Monday when Ghana play against South Korea.
(With input from agencies)



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