Cristiano Ronaldo : First man to score in five different World Cups #FIFA World Cup 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score at five World Cups on Thursday when he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.
The 37-year-old set the record when he smashed home his spot-kick in the 65th minute at the 974 Stadium in Doha to send Fernando Santos’ team to a victory which moved them top of Group H.
Two points ahead of Uruguay and South Korea.Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao made sure of the win after Andre Ayew’s leveller had briefly threatened to ruin Ronaldo’s party.
Osman Bukari netted in the final minute for Ghana but the tournament’s lowest-ranked side couldn’t pull off a shock and sit bottom of the group.
Ronaldo overtakes Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who all scored in four World Cups, after being brought down by Mohammed Salisu and taking the penalty himself.
Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo will leave with immediate effect after he criticised the club and manager Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, but he has showed no signs of strain from the bitter end to his time at Old Trafford.
All the attention pre-match was on Ronaldo and whether he could break the record and he had the perfect chance to do so in the 10th minute.
Mohamed Quduz picked up the ball in midfield and Otavio caught Ronaldo’s pass before the clinical finisher controlled the pass and beat Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Atti-Sigi.
A chance that guaranteed him a goal in his prime, from close range. After half an hour the ball was in the net but it fell to him but he was harshly judged.
Referee Ismail Elfat waved off Alexander Djiku. Ronaldo was the only real goal for Portugal, the weakest team in Group H. A show in the stands rather than their weekday players first on the pitch.
Ajax midfielder Kudus got the crowd off their feet 10 minutes after the break. rtugal made the save and unleashed a powerful shot that eventually deflected off the comfort of Diogo Costa’s left-hand post.
Ronaldo broke his penalty record, but the chants and cheers for his name started to fade early on. The game sprang to life and Ayew stunned the crowd in the 73rd minute when he tapped in Kudus’ pull-back.
However, both strikes from Ronaldo’s former United team ensured Portugal took the points with two beautiful finishes.
Team mate Bruno Fernandes. Bukhari emulated Ronaldo and marched home completely unmarked with his goal celebration, but Portugal cruised to a huge victory on a historic day.
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