Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off his bitter break up with Manchester United to assert one more file as he turned the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups with a penalty to assist steer his facet to a nervy 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
The primary-half of the Group H conflict was forgettable aside from a few Ronaldo possibilities, nevertheless it burst into life after the interval as Portugal belatedly started their marketing campaign.
Ronaldo, a free agent after his second stint at Previous Trafford ended abruptly on Tuesday, thumped residence a dubiously-awarded penalty within the sixty fifth minute after an innocuous coming along with Mohammed Salisu noticed the referee level to the spot.
Ghana did nothing within the first half aside from defend deeply however gave their noisy financial institution of followers within the 974 Stadium one thing to cheer when Andre Ayew equalised within the 73rd minute.
Joao Felix restored Portugal’s lead 5 minutes later, nevertheless, and Bruno Fernandes then confirmed his class with a jinking run earlier than sliding a cross to Rafael Leao to go away Ghana surprised.
Osman Bukari’s 89th-minute headed reply arrange an anxious ending for Portugal however they survived 9 minutes of stoppage time to win their opening recreation of a World Cup for the primary time of their final 4 appearances.