Ronaldo relaxes ahead of Portugal v Ghana World Cup opener

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off his bitter split with Manchester United to claim another record as he became the first player to score in five World Cups with a penalty to help guide his side to a 3-2 win over Ghana.

The first half of the Group H match was forgettable apart from a few Ronaldo chances but it came alive after the break as Portugal started their campaign late. Ronaldo, a free agent after his second stint at Old Trafford ended abruptly on Tuesday, scored a dubiously awarded penalty in the 65th minute after a harmless encounter with Mohammed Salisu led to the referee pointing to the spot.

Ghana did nothing in the first half other than defend deep but gave their boisterous fans at the 974 Stadium something to cheer for when Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute. Joao Felix restored Portugal’s lead five minutes later and Ronaldo then showed his class with a jingle before setting up Rafael Leao to stun Ghana.

Osman Bukari’s 89th-minute headed goal set up a dismal finale for Portugal but they survived nine minutes of stoppage time to win their opening World Cup game for the first time in their last four appearances.

Relive all the action with our live blog below:

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There’s still life to that old dog, if you doubt it.

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Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 18:07

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So, Ronaldo’s second-half penalty started the hunt for goals!

Ayew soon equalized for Ghana, but it wasn’t long before Felix restored Portugal’s advantage, which Leao quickly extended.

But Bukari pulled one back for the Black Stars in the evening, before Portugal goalkeeper Costa almost gave Williams a 99th-minute equalizer!

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Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 18:02

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Full time: Portugal survived that late scare, winning what was a wild game!

They were up and running in Group H, starting their World Cup campaign with three points.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 18:00

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90+9 min: WHAT IS COSTA DOING?! The Portugal keeper received the cross but then put the ball down to kick it in, and he was caught off guard!

Williams stands behind him, runs in front of the keeper and SLIP while taking the ball from Costa!

The balls are shuffled clearly!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:59

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90+9 minutes: Portugal lost the ball from that free kick, and Ghana destroyed their own left wing!

The move ended with Ghana goalscorer Bukari’s shot from the corner of the Portugal box, and it landed on the roof of Costa’s goal!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:56

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90+7 mins: Amartey scores a free kick over the Ghana corner flag. What a ridiculous time to do it.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:54

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Min 90+5: Ghana managed to stop Portugal’s attack at the last moment, intercepting Leao’s low cross from the left!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:52

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The last game of the day is Brazil vs Serbia. That’s it next, and the initial line-up is in:

Brazil: Alisson, Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Casemiro, Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Richarlison.

Serbia: V Milinkovic-Savic, Veljkovic, Mladenovic, Pavlovic, Milenkovic, Zivkovic, Gudelj, S Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Tadic, Mitrovic.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:51

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90 minutes: Nine minutes of added time to come.

There’s definitely time for another Ghana goal…

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:49

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90 min: It’s substitute Bukari who heads home after a cross from the left flank, and he celebrates with Ronaldo’s signature jump and a “Siuuu!”

His teammates aren’t too interested in joining in… They’d rather have the game restarted!

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 17:48