Ronaldo first to score at five World Cups

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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cups after netting a penalty in Portugal’s Group H opener against Ghana.

All eyes were on Ronaldo on Thursday after leaving Manchester United this week and never more so than when he took a 64th-minute penalty after being tripped in the box.

After taking a few deep breaths, Ronaldo confidently beat Ghanaian keeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi to make history. Until then, he had been level on goals at four World Cups alongside Pelé, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.

The penalty opened the stalemate after a close first half and from there the goals continued to flow as the number of errors mounted.

Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute – the first goal scored by an African side at Qatar 2022 – when he completed a fine run down the left of Mohammad Kudus.

But Portugal retook the lead four minutes later when a superb pass from Bruno Fernandes split the Ghanaian defense and Joao Felix shrewdly clipped the ball over the keeper.

Two minutes later, Portugal substitute Rafael Leao netted Portugal’s third.

Ronaldo received a huge ovation when he was substituted but had barely sat up when Ghana made it 3-2, substitute Osman Bukari taking advantage of lax marking to head out.

In the ensuing nine minutes of added time, Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa failed to see Ghana striker Inaki Williams behind him when he released the ball into the box.

But Williams slipped at the crucial moment and Danilo Pereira cleared the ball from the line.

Portugal therefore survived to top Group H and win their first World Cup match for the first time since 2006.

with agencies

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