DOHA: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal held their nerves to maintain spirited Ghana on the bay as they edged the African facet 3-2 within the ongoing FIFA World Cup Group H thriller at Stadium 974 on Thursday.
Portugal busted the pattern of shocks on this 12 months’s FIFA World Cup because the facet held courageous Ghana regardless of a courageous battle within the second half.
Portugal’s celebrity Ronaldo put them forward within the second half on penalty after each side remained unable to style a breakthrough within the first.
Ronaldo held his composure and hammered his right-footed strike over Ghana’s goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi and into the again of the online.
Following his 65th-minute penalty, Ronaldo grew to become the one man to attain at leas a purpose in 5 world cups.
His counterpart Andre Ayew, nevertheless, took simply eight minutes to fireplace an equalizer because the Ghana followers roared in delight.
Ghana’s celebrations, nevertheless, shortlived as Joao Felix restored Portugal’s lead 5 minutes later as he raced on to a through-ball and slotted his efforts over Ati-Zigi and fired into the nets.
Portugal then enhanced their domination over Ghana as Rafael Leao joined the scoring and doubled their lead and put his facet right into a commanding place.
The 88th minute marked a complete of three substitutions made by Portugal together with Ronaldo, who walked off the sector two minutes away from the regulation time.
Osman Bukari then triggered a late twist together with his 89th-minute comfort purpose however the African facet didn’t web an equaliser; permitting Portugal to run away with the victory.