DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took in a deep breath after which made World Cup historical past.
The Portugal striker grew to become the primary male participant to attain at 5 World Cups together with his Sixty fifth-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later, however Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal within the 78th and Rafael Leao added a 3rd. Osman Bukari decreased Ghana’s deficit within the 89th.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo was trying to showcase his abilities to potential new golf equipment after having his contract terminated at Manchester United this week. After losing two good possibilities within the first half, he tumbled beneath a problem by Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu to earn a penalty.
Wheeling away after the ball struck the again of the web, a smiling Ronaldo carried out his regular leap and swivel within the air — the gang roared his trademark “SI-UUU” as he did the pirouette — earlier than getting mobbed by teammates.
He has now scored in each World Cup since his first in 2006 and has a file 118 worldwide objectives.
It was a wild end to a slow-burner of a World Cup match that ended with Portugal defender Danilo clearing the ball away from close to the road within the ninth minute of stoppage time. Ronaldo, who was sitting within the dugout after being substituted, put his hand on his head in aid.
Ronaldo, naturally, took middle stage at the beginning of his fifth and certain final World Cup, significantly after a fraught buildup to the event through which he gave an unauthorized, tell-all interview criticizing Manchester United’s supervisor, house owners and teammates. On Tuesday, he cut up with the English membership, that means he’s within the store window in Qatar.
One other scoring file provides to the luster of his resume. A penalty towards Iran in 2006 began his tally of World Cup objectives — it’s now as much as eight in 18 matches — and he lifted the ball past Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati together with his newest spot kick after an extended, theatrical buildup to the penalty.
Bruno Fernandes arguably performed a extra necessary function in Portugal’s win, establishing the workforce’s second and third objectives with completely weighted through-balls.
Nonetheless, Portugal’s gamers nearly threw it away after dropping their composure in a chaotic last jiffy, that includes the comical scene of Bukari performing Ronaldo’s “SI-UUU” celebration after his objective.
Within the different Group H match, South Korea and Uruguay drew 0-0.
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