Portugal 3-2 Ghana: PLAYER RATINGS as Cristiano Ronaldo sets World Cup record in five-goal thriller
Portugal emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller with Ghana in their World Cup opener on Thursday.
After a monotonous first half that ended in a draw, the two teams clashed in sensational fashion after the break, scoring five goals in a span of 24 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first from the penalty spot 25 minutes from time after being brought down in the box by Mohammed Salisu, making him the first man to score in five World Cups, before Andre Ayew came down the other end and tie. for Ghana eight minutes later.
Moments later, Joao Félix and Rafael Leao needed just a couple of minutes to give Portugal a two-goal cushion, only for Osman Bukari to give the Black Stars hope by taking one away in the last minute of regulation.
Portugal earned a 3-2 victory over Ghana in a thrilling World Cup encounter on Thursday.
Iñaki Williams (right) came very close to taking a point from Ghana right at the moment of death.
And in the dying seconds of what turned out to be a gripping encounter, Iñaki Williams sneaked up on goalkeeper Diogo Costa and dispossessed him in the box, only to slip through with goal and a potential last-gasp equalizer.
It was an unforgettable battle in Doha, and sports mail is available with player ratings from both sets of teams.
Portugal (4-3-3): Diogo Costa 6: He wasn’t to blame for any of Ghana’s goals, but he came close to giving Williams away in death. Room for improvement for the Porto goalkeeper.
Cancel 7: Man City’s 28-year-old defensive player made a change as Portugal tried to shut down the Black Stars, but was beaten by Baba Rahman in the build-up to the late goal.
Day 7: A standard performance in central defence, the 25-year-old from Amadora showed why he is a critical man for club and country.
Daniel 6: He could have stopped Ghana’s first goal simply by clearing the ball. He was booked in stoppage time for bringing down Iñaki Williams.
Danilo Pereira (R) was an important part of Portugal’s central defense alongside Ruben Dias.
Warrior 7: He played the entire game and made 62 accurate passes from the left-back position as Portugal were solid at the back and overcame Ghana’s late attack.
Octavio 7.5: The Porto midfielder had one of the best performances for the European team, before being hit and removed just before the hour mark.
Ruben Neves 6: One of the weakest men in the country on the pitch, and rightfully knocked out of the park with 13 minutes remaining.
Fernando 8: The Portugal star was terrorizing the Ghana defenders and helped his compatriots with two assists. Warning for a jerk in stoppage time on the opponent.
Bruno Fernandes was the star man for Portugal who held on to a narrow win over rivals Ghana
Joao Felix 7: He scored a brilliant finish to Portugal’s second goal to put them back in the lead, their first since November 2020. He also did a terrific job in the front third after the restart after a quiet first half.
Ronaldo 7: The eyes of the world were on the 37-year-old, and while he will not be remembered as his best match for Portugal, he secured his place in history with the opening penalty.
Bernardo Silva 7: Critical to Portugal’s midfield and a vital part of their performance before being withdrawn late.
Substitutes: William Carvalho 56mins 6, replaced Otavio: He placed himself on the Portugal side despite the forced nature of the change and helped turn the pace of the game around. He took over the duties of captain from Ronaldo.
Leao 77min for Neves, Palhinha 88min for Silva, Mario 88min for Felix, Ramos 88min for Ronaldo.
Substitute William Carvalho entered a new Portugal line-up and took the bracelet
Ghana (5-4-1): Ati-Zigi 7: The St Gallen goalkeeper was one of the better performers, denying Portugal a chance to win the game in the first half.
Seidou 5: He was booked for a late charge on Joao Félix at 57 minutes, and would have seen red on other days. He wisely replaced by Lamptey less than ten minutes later.
DJIku 5: Strasbourg central defender Djiku had a game to forget, although he can quickly rectify himself against South Korea on Monday. Substituted in stoppage time.
Amartey 6: The 27-year-old from Leicester City was one of the brightest sparks in the Ghana defense as they valiantly tried to keep one of the tournament favorites at bay. However, he was caught in possession on a few occasions.
Mohammed Salisu fouled Cristiano Ronaldo and conceded a penalty on his competitive debut
exit 6: Salisu’s first competitive match for the Black Stars after joining the fold in September, he doubtfully brought down Ronaldo, giving the 37-year-old his historic penalty.
Baba Rahman 6: The Chelsea player on loan at Reading, taking a giant step to face Ronaldo and company, and proving to be their equal on most occasions. He set up Bukari’s late goal, which balanced his mistake for Portugal’s second.
Congratulations 7: He had a great run to set up Ayew’s goal. Ghana’s best player, and one for other teams to keep an eye on for upcoming matches. However, he will also have to look after himself after receiving a yellow card.
Part 7: The Arsenal man is putting in a good turn for his country in midfield, but he can’t carry the Gunners’ fine form to international level.
Abdul Samed 6: The Accra-born midfielder, who currently plies his trade with Ligue 1 side Lens, was one of the most forgettable figures in Ghana’s midfield, and could not cope with the flawless Fernandes.
Andre Ayew scored the equalizer after a great run from his teammate Mohammed Kudus
An Ayew 7: He scored the equalizer with 17 minutes remaining and could have done more, causing problems that Portugal’s defense struggled to counter.
Williams 7: A good performance on the dangerous Ghanaian front line. Yellow card for attacking Danilo Pereira. He could have robbed the late winner, but he slipped.
Substitutions: Lamptey 66 minutes for Seidu, Bukari 77 minutes for Kudus, J. Ayew 77 minutes for A. Ayew, Semenyo 90+2 for Abdul Samed, Kyereh 90+2 for Djiku.
Osman Bukari came on as a substitute, and his late goal created stoppage-time drama.