Ghana Black Stars Live To Fight Another Day

Ghana suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Portugal as goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao helped them to victory at Stadium 974.

Portugal got their World Cup campaign up and running as Cristiano Ronaldo put his side ahead in the 65th minute with a controversial penalty which made him the first male player to score at five World Cups.

Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute, but Portugal responded in the 78th-minute and 80th-minute efforts from Felix and Leao.

Osman Bukari headed home for Ghana later on but Fernando Santos’ side were able to ride out the storm.

Portugal had an early chance in the 10th minute when Ronaldo was sent through on goal by Bruno Fernandes, but Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi was able to repel the threat.

Ronaldo was denied again three minutes later as he rose highest for a header which he skewed wide.

The Portuguese Captain scored in the 31st minute after shrugging off the challenge of Alexander Djiku and slotting past Ati-Zigi, but the whistle had already been blown for a foul on the Ghana defender.

Ghana showed more attacking enterprise at the start of the second half, with Mohammed Kudus dragging a shot wide of Diogo Costa’s left-hand post in the 55th minute as his side looked to spring a shock.

Ronaldo finally put his side ahead in the 65th minute with a cool effort from the penalty spot after being felled by Mohammed Salisu — making World Cup history in the process.

Ghana equalized in the 73rd minute, as Ayew turned home from close range after Kudus’ low cross was deflected into his path.

Costa almost fluffed his lines after rolling the ball out to the lurking Inaki Williams in stoppage time, but the striker slipped at the crucial moment and Portugal survived.