WORLD CUP: Ronaldo makes history as Portugal thrash Ghana 3-2

Portugal got off the mark at the World Cup in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Ghana at the 974 Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a controversial penalty to become the first man to score at five World Cups.

Andre Ayew equalised for the Black Stars just 8 minutes later, but Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored their first World Cup goals to put the Selecao in command.

Osman Bukari made it a tense finish with a close-range header and Diogo Costa almost handed Inaki Williams a stoppage-time equaliser only for the forward to slip at the vital moment.

Fernando Santos’ men held on to secure the three points to get up and running in Group H.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to score in five different editions of the World Cup (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).

Ghana are winless in their last five matches at the World Cup (D2 L3), while the Black Stars have lost three of their four opening games at the tournament (W1).

Portugal have won their opening game at a World Cup finals for the first time in four attempts (D2 L1). In addition, Portugal’s victory marked their fifth successive game without defeat against African sides at the World Cup (W4 D1).

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