After days, weeks, tremendously convulsed, which led to the announcement of the end of his relationship with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in five World Cups and he was able to celebrate thanks to a goal from Joao Felix and another from Rafael Leao who preserved the points against Ghana (3-2).
The Madeira star, tremendously moved when the Portuguese anthem sounded over the public address system, finally breathed calmly and happily after so much torment in recent months. She had the start of this World Cup marked on the calendar and perhaps all that tension let her escape with wet eyes before the game.
He was noticed with a lot of desire to demonstrate and prove himself. It was the most active part of a tedious game, boring to the max for an hour, almost until Cristiano Ronaldo himself ‘manufactured’ Mohammed Salisu’s penalty and he did not waste it to overtake the ‘Quinas’ and break his world record.
However, the Portuguese joy quickly turned again into torment due to Andre Ayew’s quick equalizer when he took advantage of a malfunction in the Portuguese defense, but in the madness that the game entered, Joao Felix appeared, until then somewhat timorous and not very decisive in the last meters, to return command to Fernando Santos’s team and give the luster of victory to the record of ‘7’.
The icing on the cake and the sentence was put shortly after by Rafael Leao, who had just entered, although he could not be calm because Ghana closed the gap through Osman Bukari shortly after the end, when Cristiano Ronaldo had been replaced.
Portugal had gone three World Cup final phases without winning at its debut, and the truth is that it was notably difficult for it to end this bad streak because for an hour it fell into the trap of possession without depth. Absolutely slow in all its actions, it became very predictable for a Ghanaian team that was equipped behind, closed spaces and only looked for some counter with Iñaki Williams and Andre Ayew.
Not even with an offensive arsenal made up in addition to Cristiano and Joao Felix, by people of the category of Bernardo Silva or Bruno Fernandes could Portugal find the way. Only at certain times did he do it through the ex-Madridista, who even had a goal disallowed due to a foul on Alexander Djiku.
The strategy was working out perfectly for Otto Addo’s box and it was making it enormously difficult for Portugal, which fell again and again into a parsimony at desperate moments, without solutions.
He found it with an action in which Cristiano Ronaldo fell against Salisu and the penalty was awarded that meant the first goal of the match, the world record and the start of a last half hour of madness, in which Ghana responded quickly after a mistake from the Portuguese defense and Joao Felix began to decide the match with his class against Lawrence Ati Zigi.
The Atlético de Madrid striker, who had earned his place in the initial team, also found endorsement of his work with the goal and the ‘quinas’ the prize of victory with the consequent goal from Rafael Leao, although with final suffering for Osman Bukari’s goal and the disturbing final approaches of the Ghanaian team.
It is a more than important victory for Portugal, which after the disappointment of being left out of the final phase of the League of Nations with its defeat against Spain and with its elimination in the round of 16 in Russia 2018, seeks again to be a protagonist in this World Cup.
Portugal vs. Ghana: alignment and incidents
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- Mexico – 10:00 a.m.
- Peru – 11:00 a.m.
- Ecuador – 11:00 a.m.
- Colombia – 11:00 a.m.
- Venezuela – 12:00 p.m.
- Bolivia – 12:00 p.m.
- Argentina – 1:00 p.m.
- Chile – 1:00 p.m.
- Uruguay – 1:00 p.m.
- Paraguay – 1:00 p.m.
- Brazil – 1:00 p.m.
- Spain – 5:00 p.m.
And, focused on the World Cup, Cristiano will participate for the fifth time in the tournament and will want to be the first to score a goal in five consecutive editions. For this, Ronaldo will have the support of great players like Bruno Fernandes, who ruled out problems with his compatriot, Bernardo Silva, Danilo Pereira, Rafael Leao, William Carvalho, Ruben Dias or Joao Cancelo.
On their side, Ghana returns to the World Cup after being left out in Russia 2018. The best performance of the Africans occurred in 2010, when they reached the quarterfinals. The coach Otto Addo has men with experience in England such as Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey, Tariq Lamptey and the ‘reinforcement’ of Iñaki Williams, from the Spanish league.
Portugal vs. Ghana: transmission channels
- Mexico – SKY Sports, TUDN, Channel 5, Azteca 7
- Peru – DirecTV Sports, Latina Television
- Ecuador – DirecTV Sports
- Colombia – DirecTV Sports
- Venezuela – DirecTV Sports, Televen
- Bolivia – Tigo Sports
- Argentina – DirecTV Sports, TeleCentro, TyC Sports
- Chile – DirecTV Sports
- Paraguay – Tigo Sports, SNT, Channel Thirteen
- Uruguay – DirecTV Sports, Antel TV, Claro Sports, Montecable HD 1
- Brazil – SporTV, Globo
Where to watch Portugal vs. Ghana in the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
- Mexico – ViX Plus
- Peru – DirecTV GO, Latina.pe
- Ecuador – DirecTV GO, CNT Play
- Colombia – DirecTV GO
- Venezuela – DirecTV GO
- Bolivia – Tigo Sports App, Entel TV Smart
- Argentina – DirecTV GO, TyC Sports Play
- Chile – DirecTV GO
- Paraguay – Tigo Sports App
- Uruguay – DirecTV GO, MCGo Live
- Brazil – GloboEsporte.com, NOW NET and Claro
- Spain – World Goal, Movistar Plus
Portugal vs. Ghana: possible match line-ups
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Nuno Mendes; Otavio, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Cristiano, Joao Felix.
Ghana: Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Afriyie, Kudus, Thomas Partey, A. Ayew, J. Ayew; Inaki Williams.
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