Ronaldo creates history as Portugal defeat Ghana in FIFA World Cup

Portugal won 3-2 on Thursday

By Web Desk
November 24, 2022
Ronaldo scored Portugal's first goal through a penalty — AFP

DOHA: Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at five FIFA World Cups as Portugal defeated Ghana 3-2 on Thursday.

Ronaldo scored a perfect penalty in the 65th minute of the Group H encounter to set his side on their way and while Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana, Portugal scored two quick-fire goals to effectively seal the deal at Stadium 974.

Ronaldo overtakes Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who all scored in four World Cups.

Ronaldo also extended his own world record tally of international goals to 118.

He won the spot-kick himself when he was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Mohammed Salisu.

Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo will leave with immediate effect after he criticised the club and manager Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, but he has showed no signs of strain from the bitter end to his time at Old Trafford.

Joao Felix came up with a superb finish to give them the lead and Rafael Leao added a third to hand Portugal their first win in the opening match of the World Cup since 2006, despite Osman Bukari reducing the deficit in the dying minutes. 

Portugal, who top the group with three points, will lock horns with Uruguay on Monday, when Ghana play South Korea.