Ronaldo Breaks FIFA Record As Portugal Defeats Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in Fifa World Cup history to score five goals as Portugal opened their campaign with a thrilling win over Ghana.

Ronaldo was playing for the first time since his contentious television appearance last week, which resulted in his release by Manchester United.

And the 37-year-old scored the game’s first goal from the spot after being tripped in the box by Ghana’s Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.

Captain Ronaldo had a couple of chances early on, but Lawrence Ati-Zigi smothered a low shot and he also headed wide at the far post.

The forward’s goal was disallowed for a shove on Alexander Djiku, while Ghana did not have a single chance in the first stanza.

The Africans improved in the second stanza, with Mohammed Kudus drilling just wide of the far post, and they were rewarded when Andre Ayew equalized from close range.

Portugal, on the other hand, responded with two goals in two minutes to seal the points, with Joao Felix converting a delightfully clipped finish and substitute Rafael Leao stroking in just seconds after coming on.

Ghana’s late consolation goal came from Osman Bukhari, and there could have been real drama in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

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