Ronaldo is no longer Ronaldo! That the age gap has become very heavy, which is evident in his movements on the field. Previous Ronaldo’s rush from the wing or the ball from the midfield was not seen even once. Received the ball several times outside and inside the opponent’s box. But where could he spread panic? Due to the slow movement on the contrary, despite getting a few easy chances, Ghana got stuck in front of the resistance of the defenders.
Portugal won 3-2 in their first World Cup match against Ghana. No team scored at the end of the first half. However, in the second half, there was a lot of tension in the game due to counter-attacks.
From the beginning of the match, Ronaldo-Felix-Cancelora attacked Ghana’s defense. Portugal could have gone ahead in the tenth minute of the match. Bernardo Silva blasts into the D box from midfield. Ronaldo was in front of the Ghanaian defenders. He could not control himself. He collided with the goalkeeper and fell to the ground. Portugal missed an easy chance. In the 13th minute, he jumped up from the corner and hit it outside while giving a header.
In addition, in the 31st minute, Joao Felix’s pass came to Ronaldo in the left corner of the D box. Konakuni beat two defenders and slotted the ball into the net. But he fouled while taking control of the ball. This is tomorrow. Couldn’t cheer even with the goal. Because the referee blows the whistle immediately after the foul. Ronaldo had nothing to do. In the first half, the Portuguese did not see a goal despite having possession of the ball 71 percent of the time. In the end, they had to go into the break goalless. However, after the break, Portugal scored in the 65th minute. Ronaldo gave the team the lead by scoring from the penalty spot. It didn’t take long for Ghana to return to Ronaldo’s goal. They returned to 1-1 in 73 minutes. Ghana’s captain Andre Ayew scored the goal that easily equalized Ghana by taking advantage of Portugal’s poor defense.
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But Portugal responded almost as soon as Ghana equalized. In the 78th minute, Joao Felix scored a wonderful goal to lead them 2-1. After 2 minutes, the difference was 3-1 by Rafael Liao. However, in the 89th minute, Usman Bukhari’s goal reduced the gap to 3-2. Before that, however, Ronaldo was removed from the field by the coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos.
The added time was 9 minutes due to several stoppages in the second half. At this point, Ghana created two good chances to score but failed to finish. At the end of the match, Ronaldo’s face was smiling!