With historic goal by Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal overcomes Ghana by 3 to 2 – News X

With historic goal by Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal overcomes Ghana by 3 to 2
– News X

With the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal overcame Ghana by 3 to 2, this Thursday afternoon (24th), and took the lead in Group H of the World Cup, in which South Korea and Uruguay appear in second place after scoreless draw.

In the strange Stadium 974 (the number is related to the amount of containers fitted that form the temporary and collapsible sports square), Portugal and Ghana began their walks in front of more than 42 thousand fans.

On paper, Portugal has a great team. In reality, coach Fernando Santos (Euro 2016 and Europa League 2019 champion) still seems to be unable to extract the best from each player. Therefore, so much difficulty in a match in which the team had more possession of the ball, created the best moves and saw striker Cristiano Ronaldo wasting two chances even before the 15 minutes of the 1st half, a pass in the central corridor that he did not master correctly and a header out.

In the 30th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo took the lead, the Ghana defender collapsed and the Moroccan referee, naturalized American, called a push. The number 7 ignored the whistle and still completed for the nets, but the game was stopped.

In a way, the tone of the game showed Ghana cornered, with no options for the ball and even comfortable in defending itself, guaranteeing the 0-0 (by the way, a very persistent result in this Cup).

In the 2nd half, Ghana managed to break loose. In the 9th minute, in a very quick counterattack, Kudus darted low from outside the area and the ball went close to the goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s crossbar.

In the 17th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo threw himself into the Ghana area, the referee awarded a penalty, but the African players put pressure on Ismail Elfath to consult the VAR (video referee). The referee shrugged off the complaints and CR7 went for the kick, perfect, filling goalkeeper Ati’s nets. With this goal, the Portuguese became the first player in history to score at least once in five different World Cups.

However, the answer was not long in coming. In the 27th minute, Kudus crossed low and André Ayew, striker from Al Saad (Qatar), completed from inside the small area: 1 to 1.

In the 32nd minute, the Portuguese recovered the ball and played for João Félix, striker for Atlético de Madrid (Spain), who ended up in front of goalkeeper Ati and before giving a touch to score 2-1.

Ghana has completely lost concentration. The Portuguese stole the ball and William Carvalho played in the area for reserve Rafael Leão. The Milan (Italy) striker just adjusted his body and put the ball in the so-called cheek of goalkeeper Ati’s net: 3-1 in the 34th minute.

In the 43rd minute, the Africans pressed on the right again, taking advantage of the failures of lateral João Cancelo. Cross into the area and Bukari, headed, tested free. Goalkeeper Diogo Costa didn’t even move to reduce it to 3 to 2.

To increase the nervousness, the referee gave 9 minutes of extra time and the game became even more faulty. But the score remained unchanged until the end.

The Portuguese won in the struggle, but threw all the pressure in the second round to Uruguay, next Monday’s opponent (28). On the same day, Ghana will face South Korea needing to win at any cost. Group H promises strong emotions.


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