Cristiano Ronaldo Makes World Cup History With Goal Against Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo Makes World Cup History With Goal Against Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cups as Portugal secure a 3-2 win over Ghana in a thrilling World Cup Group H encounter on Thursday, November 24th, 2022.

Ronaldo, made another piece of history when he converted the opener from the spot after he was fouled by Mohammed Salisu in the 65th minute at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Ronaldo scored his first World Cup goal as a 21-year-old back in 2006.

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

Cristiano became the third player to be both a country’s oldest and youngest goals corer at the World Cup, along with Croatia’s Ivica Olic and Denmark’s Michael Laudrup.

He is the second oldest player to score at the World Cup (37 years, 292 days), behind only Roger Milla in 1994 for Cameroon (42 years, 39 days). He’s the oldest to score for a European nation, overtaking Sweden’s Gunnar Gren (37 years, 236 days) in 1958.

Manchester United forward Bruno Fernandes has become only the second Portugal player with two assists in a World Cup game, after José Torres vs Brazil in 1966.

Back to the match in Qatar, Ghana equalised in the 73rd minute after Portugal defender Danilo Pereira failed to intercept a cut-back from the dangerous Mohammed Kudus, allowing Andre Ayew to score from close range.

Ghana trailed Portugal after Joao Felix finished coolly from Bruno Fernandes’ through-ball in the 78th minute, with substitute Rafael Leao then converting two minutes later from another Fernandes pass for his first international goal only three minutes after coming on.

Those goals appeared to have taken the game away from Ghana, with Fernando Santos using the opportunity to take off Ronaldo for the final few minutes, but an error from Joao Cancelo allowed Osman Bukari to pull another goal back. 

The victory sends Portugal top of Group H ahead of their meeting with Uruguay on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Uruguay were held to a goalless draw by South Korea in the earlier game in the group.

After scoring in a record-breaking fifth World Cup, Ronaldo described the achievement as a “beautiful moment”.

“It’s another record, too – that makes me very proud. I am very happy for the team to have put on an excellent performance. It was difficult but we deserved to win.”

Ghana coach Oddo Atto criticised the American referee who awarded the penalty that resulted in Ronaldo’s goal, calling it a “special gift”.

“If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift. Really a gift,” Addo said. “What more can I say? (It was) a special gift from the referee.”

The victory sends Portugal top of Group H ahead of their meeting with Uruguay on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Uruguay were held to a goalless draw by South Korea in the earlier game in the group.

Ghana coach Oddo Atto criticised the American referee who awarded the penalty that resulted in Ronaldo’s goal, calling it a “special gift”.

“If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift. Really a gift,” Addo said. “What more can I say? (It was) a special gift from the referee.”

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