DOHA, Qatar — Portugal broke out within the second half of their 2022 World Cup opener and beat Ghana 3-2, however solely after a controversial penalty, gained and transformed by Cristiano Ronaldo, introduced life on the match.

Portugal had been superior however helpless throughout the opening hour however finally unleashed a resilient Ghanaian protection when Ronaldo fell to the bottom within the penalty space. He had stretched for a ball alongside Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu. Each appeared to contact him. Replays appeared to point out fully clear play.

The referee, nevertheless, pointed to the penalty spot. His video assistant didn’t intervene. Ronaldo transformed the kick and the blowout started. With this objective, Ronaldo grew to become the primary man to attain in 5 separate World Cups.

It was the primary of 5 objectives in underneath 25 minutes. Ghana acquired two. Portugal, nevertheless, acquired three, from Ronaldo and the 2 younger forwards who will in the future substitute him, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in opposition to Ghana with a Sixty fifth-minute penalty on Thursday. (Photograph by Sarah Stier – FIFA/FIFA by way of Getty Pictures)

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