World Cup 2022: Portugal narrowly beat Ghana 3-2 and Ronaldo sets a new record

World Cup 2022: Portugal narrowly beat Ghana 3-2 and Ronaldo sets a new record
World Cup 2022: Portugal narrowly beat Ghana 3-2 and Ronaldo sets a new record

World Cup 2022: Portugal narrowly beat Ghana 3-2 and Ronaldo sets a new record

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Ronaldo opened his country’s career by scoring from the penalty spot

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on penalties against Ghana in Portugal’s first game in Group H, becoming the first player in history to score in five different World Cup tournaments (2006-2010-2014-2018-2022).

Football fans were looking forward to Ronaldo’s appearance at the World Cup in Qatar after his remarks during his TV interview days before the start of the tournament, in which he said he didn’t respect coach Eric Ten Hag and how he felt at Manchester United, caused an uproar. which is why the club terminated the player’s contract two days ago.

Despite the relatively dangerous movements of Ghana’s Mohamed Qudous on the counterattack, the Portuguese managed to gain control as the first half progressed.

In the second half, the referee awarded Portugal a penalty in the 64th minute after blocking Cristiano Ronaldo, allowing the five-time Ballon d’Or player to convert it into a goal.

But Andre Ayew soon equalized for Ghana after a Quddus pass in the 73rd minute.

Two minutes later, Joao Felix scored the second goal for Portugal, then substitute Rafael Leao added the third goal for the team dubbed ‘Brazil Europe’.

But Osman Bockari reduced the deficit before the end of regular time, increasing the enthusiasm of the Ghanaians and the tension of Ronaldo, who was on the bench after his 87th-minute substitution.

Portugal defender Jose Fonte told BBC Radio: “I know Ronaldo has a competitive mentality, he’s like a beast and because of that mentality he achieved what he wanted.”

Notably, Portugal, who are taking part in the World Cup for the eighth time, were forced into a play-off after finishing second in Europe qualifying behind Serbia in Group A.

The representative of the African continent takes part in the World Cup for the fourth time in its history.

Also in Group H, the game between Uruguay and South Korea ended in a goalless draw, in a game where the post stood and Uruguay were prevented from scoring.

Defender Godin’s header hit the right post in the first half, as did Valverde’s shot in the second half.

The game took place at the Education City Stadium in Qatar, in anticipation of the performance of the stars of the two teams Luis Suarez and Valverde (Uruguay) and Son Heung-min, the most prominent star of the South Korean national team, who plays in the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur.

“It was a very frustrating game,” former Germany striker Jürgen Klinsmann told the BBC. “The last piece of the ball was missing but overall it was a good game but it doesn’t really help either team.”

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Son Heung-min played with a mask around his face after suffering a facial injury during the Champions League game between Tottenham and Marseille.

Clinton Morrison, the former Republic of Ireland striker, said he believed the two sides were happy with the draw, adding in statements to him on BBC radio: “I think the result is fair in the end, the Nur in the last third of the field the game lacked the necessary efficiency. And it was difficult for Son Heung-min who has two or three Uruguayan players around him.”

Uruguay became world champions twice, in 1930 and 1950.

South Korea is participating for the eleventh time, and fourth place in 2002, when it organized the World Cup with Japan, is the best achievement in the history of its participation.

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Cameroonian owner Embolo scored the winning goal for his country, Switzerland, early in the second half

In Group G, the Swiss national team started their campaign at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by beating their Cameroonian counterpart with a free goal scored by Brill Empolo, who refused to celebrate his goal due to his Cameroonian origin.

The Cameroon national team controlled the course of the first half, but the second half decided in favor of the Swiss, who scored their goal in the 47th minute of the encounter at the South Stadium.

Former Scotland player Pat Neville told BBC Radio: “There were moments in the first half that I felt Cameroon were a little bit ahead, but as the game progressed they lost their energy. Cameroon has to do something incredibly special to qualify in the group.”

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The Swiss players celebrated their victory over Cameroon

The Cameroonian national team is one of the most heavily involved African teams in the World Cup tournaments. It is his eighth participation and the first African team to reach the quarter-finals in the international forum. And that was at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, which is also a feat matched by Senegal and Ghana in the 2002 and 2010 editions respectively.

Samuel Eto’o, president of the Cameroonian Football Federation, had said before the tournament started that his country’s national team would travel to Qatar to win the title.

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