Portugal ditches Ghana as Cristiano Ronaldo becomes becomes 1st to score in 5 World Cup tourneys

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Kenneth AFOR, LAGOS 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the 65th minute via a penalty has earned him the first football player to score in five FIFA World Cup competitions as Portugal beat the Black Stars of Ghana 3-2 at the Ras Abou Aboud Stadium in Qatar.

The highly anticipated match ended goalless in the first half seeing Ghana giving their all before the break.

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Twenty minutes after the break, the West African country lost composure to have committed a foul bringing down Ronaldo in their own 18 yard box as the referee wasted no time signalling a penalty and put Portugal in the lead.

Andrew Ayew gave Ghana the leveler in the 73rd minute to make it 1-1. Joao Felix restored Portugal’s confidence five minutes later.

Rafael Leão doubled the lead for Portugal to make it 3-1 but Ghana’s determination to prove Africa’s relevance in global football earned them their second goal courtesy their number 11 striker, Osman Bukari who reduced the tally to 3-2 in the 89th minute.

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