Three Winners & One Loser as Portugal Edge Past Ghana

Portugal – The European powerhouse got off to a winning start to their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, beating Ghana in a Group H match.

Ghana and Portugal met in a Group H match, with the latter emerging victorious in the end. Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 to win all three points and top the points table in Group H.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 65th minute of the game by converting a penalty that he himself won. Ghana equalized eight minutes later, through Andre Ayew’s touch-in from close range.

Portugal took the lead again in the 78th minute of the match when Joao Félix found the net after Bruno Fernandes had netted it. The EURO 2016 winners established a two-goal lead when Rafael Leao sent the ball to the far post in the 80th minute. Ghana pulled one back in the 89th minute but could not find an equaliser.

Three winners and one loser in Portugal’s victory over Ghana

Three winners and one loser in Portugal's victory over Ghana
Three winners and one loser in Portugal’s victory over Ghana

Winners

Cristiano Ronaldo

This is the fifth FIFA World Cup in which Ronaldo has played. With his goal against Ghana, he also became the first player to score in five different editions of the Men’s World Cup. Ronaldo has scored in every World Cup tournament in which he has participated. His goal against Ghana brought his FIFA World Cup goal tally to eight.

Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes became the provider of Portugal’s second and third goals, setting up both Joao Félix and Rafael Leao. For Portugal’s second goal against Ghana, Fernandes tucked in Félix and the latter brilliantly sent the ball into the net. For Portugal’s third goal, Fernandes forayed into Ghana’s defensive third unopposed and passed the ball to Leao, who finished it off.

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joao felix

Félix started for Portugal in that match and scored the crucial second goal helping Portugal retake the lead. After receiving Fernandes’ pass, Felix made a clever shot to put Portugal up 2-1.

Loser

Juan Cancelo

Cancelo delivered a sub-par performance for Portugal against Ghana. He was to blame for Ghana’s second goal, as he failed to defend properly in preparation. With Diogo Dalot waiting in the wings, Cancelo certainly has to up his game.

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