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Cristiano Ronaldo steals the headlines again as he becomes the first man to score at five world cups in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.

Clear cut chances were few and far between until the 63rd minute when Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu was judged to have tripped the Portugal skipper in the box.

The former Manchester United man made no mistake as he emphatically fired the ball past Lawrence Ati-Zigi.

But the Black Stars responded superbly by showing much more attacking intent and eight minutes later found their equaliser.

Mohammed Kudus was set free down the left and the Ajax man managed to force a ball through to Andrew Ayew for 1-1.

But two quick fire goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao that showcased some fine finishing put Portugal back in control of the game.

Osman Bukari nodded in a free header at the back post to set up a nervy final nine minutes, but the African side were barely able to threaten after that.

Inaki Williams did cause a scare right at the end as he dispossessed Diogo Costa but then slipped before he was able to finish.

The frustration from Ghana’s point of view is that when they got going they caused Portugal problems but it was too little too late.

Portugal sit on top of Group H going into the next fixture against Uruguay on November 28th.

Ghana will surely need a result in their next match against South Korea on the same date if they are to stand a chance of qualifying.

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May 2024