evergreens take the lead Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal Open 2022 FIFA World Cup The campaign saw a 3-2 victory over Group H rivals Ghana at Stadium 974 on Thursday (24 November). Ronald, Joanne Felixand Rafael León scored for Portugal Andrew Ayou Osman Bukhari scored for Ghana
Portugal pushed their full-backs forward to overload them and dominated the progression in the first exchange. Portugal’s pressure finally unleashed Ghana’s defense in the 10th minute. Bernardo Silva I left Ronaldo on the way.former Manchester United However, the man failed to control the ball with his first touch, allowing the keeper to make an excellent block.
Three minutes later, Rafael Guerreiro floated a superb corner kick from the left. Ronaldo displayed an unparalleled jump but failed to score. Ronaldo scored in the 30th minute, but the referee penalized the 37-year-old for fouling during the build-up.
Portugal looked to have capped off the first half brilliantly, moving the ball fairly quickly and building up more bodies in front. But Ghana held on tight and entered the break unscathed.
Portugal got off to a more active start to the second half, scoring the goal they were looking for in the 65th minute. When the extraordinary captain was brought down by Mohammed Salis in the box, the referee didn’t hesitate to point to it. The confident former Real Madrid player hit the net and became the first player ever to score in his five appearances in the FIFA World Cup.
However, Portugal’s lead did not last long, with Ayeu leveling after just eight minutes. Mohammed Kudus dashed from the left inside channel to his last third and sent his cross low to Ayew.
The 2016 European champions took a blow to the jaw and immediately responded with two excellent goals. First, in the 78th minute, Felix opened the net with a clinical strike from the right. Minutes later, substitute Leo defeated Ghanaian shoot-stopper Lawrence Ati Zigi from the left.
Ghana should have suffered a double blow, but the Africans chose to give the Iberians a real scare in their opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Abdul Rahman Baba picked up a cross from the left in the 89th minute and deflected it en route to Bukhari. The substitute definitely punished the keeper from close range.
The Blackstars kept the heavyweights under cosh for the rest of the game but could not find a way out. Here are the 10 players and the 2 players who were disappointed.
Cast: Joanne Felix
Atlético Madrid star João Felix struggled to enter the match in the first half, but Ghana did everything in their power to neutralize him. He worked well with the forwards and scored a great goal. receive a pass from Bruno Fernandes On the right, Felix cut inside and sidefooted Ati Zigi.
Goals aside, the FIFA World Cup debutant won four ground duels, hit an accurate long ball and drew three fouls. He also cleared the ball once and attempted a tackle.
Underperforming: Rubén Neves
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves endured a difficult night with the Black Stars. He struggled to keep up with Kudus’ quick feet, rarely breaking in in the final third, and was weak in one-on-one duels.
Against Ghana, Neves lost five of his six grand duels, lost five possessions, was dribbled three times and fouled twice.
Character: Cristiano Ronaldo
Legendary Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo made history against Ghana. Not only did he become the first player in history to score a goal in his five World Cups, but he also became the second oldest goalscorer in his Cup history (37 years and 292 days). Cameroonian legend Roger Milla is now the oldest goalscorer in history (42 years and 39 days).
Ronaldo’s historic goal came from the penalty spot in the 65th minute. He put his foot through the ball and gave no chance to Ati-Zigi. Aside from a ten-minute mistake, the Real Madrid legend played an excellent game.
Penalties aside, Ronaldo won three on the ground and two in the air. I drew 3 fouls and performed a clear.
Underperforming: Joao Cancelo
Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo could really be a handful in his day.Luckily for Ghana, he wasn’t at his best on Thursday. In the 73rd minute, Ghana’s first goal was partially at fault for Cancelo. He was embarrassingly out of position, which allowed Kudus to break into the Portuguese box with little challenge and set up Ayew.
Cancelo also failed to create scoring chances, losing 15 possessions, losing two ground duels, and misplacing a cross.
Cast: Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was the best Portuguese player at Stadium 974 on Thursday night. His passing was spot on, working well with his teammates and providing two great assists.
First, a pass-through to Felix from the right side in the 78th minute. The Atlético forward went inside and scored a strong finish. A few minutes later he assisted Leo on a fully weighted pass down the left channel.
In the Group H opener, Fernandes contributed three key passes, created two big chances, sent in five accurate long balls and drew four fouls.