After taking the lead following a penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal were foolishly joined in the score by Ghana, before waking up, then getting scared in the last minutes of the match (3-2).
Portugal 3-2 Ghana
Goals: Ronaldo (65esp), Felix (78e) and Leao (80e) for Portugal // André Ayew (73) and Bukari (89e) for Ghana
Big favorite of this group H, Portugal was expected at the turn this Thursday evening. And against an ultra-compact Ghana team defensively, the guys of Fernando Santos had all the trouble in the world to score, before doing so three times in the second half. Problem, by conceding two goals, the Select scared himself for nothing.
Dodo the child do
The first minutes of this meeting confirm one thing, the Ghanaians will play very low and force the Portuguese to force their lock if they want to score first. Ronaldo has the opportunity after a high ball loss from Ghana, but the control of the neo-unemployed is too long, which makes him miss his face-to-face with Lawrence Ati-Zigi (10e). Then following a corner taken by two, the Portuguese captain is found at the far post, but his helmet shot is off target (12e). He scores well at the half-hour mark, but his pawn is refused following irregular contact with Alexander Djiku. Too bad, especially since the Portuguese are gradually beginning to fall asleep on the Black Stars, which are unable to counter their opponent. No matter, the band of André Ayew returns to the locker room with what they wanted: to keep their clean sheet.
Ronaldo in history
If the Portuguese press more on the return from the intermission, Ghana projects better forward. Insufficient to make a hold-up, since the strike from the left of Mohammed Kudus only grazes the post of Diogo Costa (55e). Worse, after a gem from the outside with Raphaël Guerreiro’s left foot for João Félix, the latter serves Ronaldo with an equally delicious heel, before the Portuguese captain is unbalanced in the area. Ismail Elfath then awards a generous penalty to Ronaldo, who does not need to be asked to convert it (1-0, 65e). A short-lived scoring advantage as Kudus will take advantage of the Portuguese defensive largesse to serve André Ayew, who equalizes against all odds (1-1, 73e). But it was without counting on the quality of the pass from Bruno Fernandes, which will allow Félix to restore the advantage to his team (2-1, 78e). A goal that gives wings to the Portuguese since Leão, barely entered the game, makes the break for his people (3-1, 80e). Which does not prevent the Portuguese from having a scare after the reduction of the score of Osman Bukari (3-2, 89e), especially since Iñaki Williams almost played a very bad trick on CR7’s friends by stealing the ball from Diogo Costa on a final clearance before slipping. For Portugal, the trap is avoided.
Portugal (4-3-3): Diogo Costa – Cancelo, Dias, Danilo, Guerreiro – Neves (Leão, 75e), Otavio (William Carvalho, 56e) – Fernandes, Bernardo Silva (Palhinha, 88e) , Felix (Mario, 88e) – Ronaldo (G. Ramos, 88e). Coach : Fernando Santos.
Ghana (5-4-1): Ati-Zigi – Seidu (Lamptey, 67e), Salisu, Amartey, Djiku (Semenyo, 92e) Baba-Kudus (Bukari, 75e), Abdul Samed (Kyereh, 92e), Partey, André Ayew (Jordan Ayew, 75e)-Inaki Williams. Coach : Otto Addo.
By Maxime Renaudet