World Cup 2022: Penalty against Ghana was a special gift – Otto Addo

Published on: 24 November 2022

Ghana coach Otto Addo sees penalty decision against the Black Stars as a gift in their 2022 World Cup defeat to Portugal on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in World Cup history to score five times, with his second-half penalty giving Portugal the lead.

Ghana's Andre Ayew then equalized, but two goals in three minutes from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao secured the victory and moved Portugal to the top of Group H, despite Osman Bukari's late winner.

"The referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty. Everyone saw that. Why? Because it's Ronaldo or something?"

“If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift. A special gift from the referee," Otto Addo said at the post-match press conference.

Defeat means Ghana are bottom of Group H after Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw earlier on Thursday.

The Black Stars will now turn their attention to their upcoming matches against South Korea and Uruguay on November 28 and December 2, respectively.