Portugal completely dominated the first half but failed to break the deadlock and went into the halftime break 0–0 against Ghana. Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with a penalty conversion, his 118th international goal for Portugal. Ghana captain Andre Ayew scored an equalizer in the 73rd minute, but scored two quick goals joao felix (78th minute) and substitute rafael leo (80th minute) put Portugal back on top.
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When everyone looked in favor of Portugal, Usman Bukhari A goal scored for Ghana a minute before regulation time to put the pressure on the European side. Portugal then opened their campaign with a win after nine minutes of stoppage time.
Most of the action condensed in a short period after the 60th minute, when Portugal took the lead when Ronaldo was awarded a soft penalty after minimal shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Mohamed Salisu.
Ronaldo closed his eyes as he waited to start his run-up, fumbled and fired the ball into the net to the keeper’s right.
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Ghana hit back quickly though, as Mohamed Qudus’s cross found its way to Ayew, who tapped home.
Portugal then switched gears with Felix catching Bruno Fernandes through the ball, lifting his finish over the keeper.
Fernandes was also the facilitator of his third goal, another superb play through the ball for substitute Leão to slide his finish over the keeper and into the bottom corner.
The ending was tense, however, as Ghana pulled another goal back in the 89th minute with a cross from the left by Usman Bukhari.
Portugal, who now top the group with three points, next face Uruguay on Monday when Ghana play South Korea.
(with inputs from agencies)