Cristiano Ronaldo returns focus to area in historic recreation vs. Ghana

DOHA, Qatar — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal survived one of the crucial entertaining video games of the World Cup to this point — simply barely — however not earlier than the celebrity ahead had some critical shade thrown his approach.

Ronaldo put Portugal forward within the second half in opposition to Ghana with a sweetly struck penalty kick. After Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana, Portugal struck twice in two minutes because of João Félix and sub Rafael Leão to seemingly put the Group H contest past attain.

Nonetheless, Osman Bukhari not solely headed dwelling for Ghana to slim the hole to 3-2, however celebrated by imitating Ronaldo’s iconic “Siu” leap into the air along with his arms prolonged by his sides.

And the African squad, within the ninth of 9 stoppage time minutes, virtually scored what would have been a dramatic leveler. Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa positioned the ball on the bottom, not realizing Iñaki Williams was behind him. After claiming the ball, Williams slipped, and his tame shot was cleared off the road.

Ghana virtually ties recreation with Portugal

Ghana almost ties game with Portugal

In a wild end, Portugal’s goalkeeper Diogo Costa makes a late-game miscue.

Ronaldo’s penalty made him the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups. He was on the sphere for the primary time for the reason that explosive interview that led to his eventual departure from Manchester United. 

He had received the penalty, too, having been fouled within the space by Mohammed Salisu. The strike pushed him previous Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, all of whom scored in 4 separate World Cups.

Cristiano Ronaldo makes historical past

Cristiano Ronaldo makes history

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo grew to become the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups with a aim from the spot.

However there may be nonetheless work to be completed. Whereas Ronaldo has scored eight instances within the group stage of the World Cup, he has by no means completed so within the knockout spherical. Portugal, the 2016 European champion, was eradicated within the group stage in 2014 and 2018.

Ronaldo has been entrance and heart over the previous week, his departure from United overshadowing Portugal’s preparation for the event.

Nonetheless, this was one other instance of the 37-year-old’s skill to affect a recreation like few others — and proof that he stays thought to be among the finest on the planet for a cause.

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