Ronaldo nets at record fifth World Cup in victory

Published on: 24 November 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score at five Fifa World Cups as Portugal began their campaign with a thrilling victory over Ghana.

Ronaldo was playing for the first time since his controversial television interview last week and his subsequent release by Manchester United following the comments.

And the 37-year-old scored the opening goal from the penalty spot, hammering in after being tripped in the box by Ghana's Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.

Captain Ronaldo had a couple of chances early on but a low shot was smothered by Lawrence Ati-Zigi and he also headed wide at the far post.

The forward had a goal disallowed for a push on Alexander Djiku while at the other end, Ghana did not have a single shot in the opening period.

The Africans improved in the second period as Mohammed Kudus drilled narrowly wide of the far post and got their reward when Andre Ayew equalised from close range.

But Portugal responded with two goals in two minutes to seal the points - Joao Felix converting a delightfully clipped finish and substitute Rafael Leao coolly stroking in just seconds after coming on.

Osman Bukhari headed in a late consolation for Ghana and there could have been real drama in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Diogo Costa put the ball down, seemingly unaware Inaki Williams was behind him, but after racing to intercept the ball, the Ghana forward slipped at the crucial moment and a scuffed shot was cleared off the line.

Victory means Portugal top Group H after Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw earlier on Thursday.

    Relive Portugal's victory over Ghana

Ronaldo hogs the headlines again

The focus before this game was on just one man - Ronaldo.

The veteran forward came into the tournament with a cloud over his head following the explosive TalkTV interview where he said he felt "betrayed" by Manchester United.

Unhappy with what he had to say, the Premier League club initiated a process to terminate his contract, which was confirmed on Tuesday.

But the player will be in the headlines for all the right reasons this time, as he surpassed the great Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose to stand on his own by scoring at five different editions of the tournament.

Supporters were on their feet in anticipation every time Ronaldo got anywhere near the ball and they erupted when his strike from the penalty spot in the second half - which came after relatively easy missed opportunities in the opening period - hit the back of the net.

It was also a record-extending 118th international goal, which includes eight in the group stage of the World Cup, though he is the player with the most strikes without netting in the knockout stage.

Former West Ham and Swansea striker Ayew levelled from Mohammed Kudus' cutback to extend Ghana's run of scoring in their last six World Cup games.

Felix's sumptuous finish and Leao's nerveless effort looked to have sealed the points for Portugal with 10 minutes remaining.

Substitute Bukari headed in and celebrated with Ronaldo's 'Siu'. Otto Addo's side would have been delighted with a draw and almost got it, but for Williams' slip.

Player of the match

LampteyTariq Lamptey

with an average of 7.62


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Squad number15Player nameRafael LeãoAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameBernardo SilvaAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameRúben NevesAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameRúben DiasAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameJoão FélixAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameWilliam CarvalhoAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameJoão CanceloAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameJoão PalhinhaAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameJoão MárioAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameCristiano RonaldoAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameRaphaël GuerreiroAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameOtávioAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameGonçalo RamosAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameDanilo PereiraAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameDiogo CostaAverage rating


GhanaAvgSquad number2Player nameLampteyAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameParteyAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameA AyewAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameKudusAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameSalisuAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameAti-ZigiAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameSemenyoAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameAmarteyAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameBabaAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameBukariAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameAbdul SamedAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameDjikuAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameSeiduAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameWilliamsAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameJ AyewAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameKyerehAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-3-3

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Formation 5-3-2

1Ati-Zigi26Seidu18Amartey23Djiku4Salisu17Baba5Partey20Kudus21Abdul Samed10A Ayew19Williams

    1Ati-Zigi26SeiduBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLampteyat 66'minutes18Amartey23DjikuSubstituted forSemenyoat 90+2'minutes4Salisu17Baba5Partey20KudusBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBukariat 77'minutes21Abdul SamedSubstituted forKyerehat 90+2'minutes10A AyewBooked at 49minsSubstituted forJ Ayewat 77'minutes19WilliamsBooked at 90mins


    2Lamptey3Odoi6Owusu7Fatawu8Kyereh9J Ayew11Bukari12Danlad13Afriyie14Mensah15Aidoo16Nurudeen22Sulemana24Sowah25Semenyo

Referee:Ismail ElfathAttendance:42,662Match StatsHome TeamPortugalAway TeamGhanaPossessionHome62%Away38%ShotsHome11Away9Shots on TargetHome5Away3CornersHome3Away3FoulsHome14Away19Live TextPost update

Match ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.

90'+11'Full Time

Second Half ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.

90'+8'Post update

Attempt missed. Osman Bukari (Ghana) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

90'+7'Post update

Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+7'Post update

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Ghana).

90'+6'Post update

Attempt blocked. Rafael Leão (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Palhinha.


Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Portugal).

90'+5'Post update

Osman Bukari (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+4'Post update

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Osman Bukari (Ghana).


Substitution, Ghana. Antoine Semenyo replaces Alexander Djiku.


Substitution, Ghana. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replaces Salis Abdul Samed.

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Attempt missed. Mohammed Salisu (Ghana) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Partey.


Danilo Pereira (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.


Iñaki Williams (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.

90'Post update

Foul by Danilo Pereira (Portugal).

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Iñaki Williams (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Goal! Portugal 3, Ghana 2. Osman Bukari (Ghana) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner.


Substitution, Portugal. Gonçalo Ramos replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

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