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Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial penalty sparks Portugal’s explosion and victory over Ghana

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DOHA, Qatar – Portugal erupted within the second half of their 2022 World Cup opener and beat Ghana 3-2, however solely after a controversial penalty, received and transformed by Cristiano Ronaldo, introduced the sport to life.

Portugal had been superior however impotent within the first hour, however lastly unlocked a resistant Ghana protection when Ronaldo fell to the bottom within the penalty space. He stretched out for a ball alongside Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu. Each appeared to contact him. The replays appeared to indicate a very clear sport.

The referee, nevertheless, identified the penalty spot. His video assistant didn’t intervene. Ronaldo transformed the penalty and the eruption started. With the purpose, Ronaldo grew to become the primary man to attain in 5 completely different World Cups.

It was the primary of 5 objectives in lower than 25 minutes. Ghana has two. Portugal, nevertheless, received three, from Ronaldo and the 2 younger strikers who will in the future change him, João Félix and Rafael Leão.

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

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