Portugal and Ghana managed to serve up a spectacle in their first match in Group H. We saw five goals in a blistering second half, but things could have turned out differently in minute 101.
After the 0-0 between Uruguay and South Korea, both Portugal and Ghana were able to do an excellent job in Group H and thus take the lead. Still, that did not lead to a lot of attacking spirit, certainly not among the Ghanaians.
Cristiano Ronaldo just started in the base for his country and after ten minutes also created the first chance, but the ball was just too far from the foot. And when he did score on the half hour, his goal was called off for a preliminary push.
That had been lightly whistled before, but because of that we went to rest with a 0-0 draw. After coffee, Portugal was still able to open the score, after CR7 was able to make it 1-0 from the spot – again after a very light push.
For the Portuguese, his seventh World Cup goal and that in five different world championships. A new record for the Portuguese superstar, and also the start of an unparalleled half hour.
André Ayew seemed to be the hero of Ghana fifteen minutes before the end by stabbing in the equalizer from close range, but then Portugal made short work of it in five minutes. Twice edge offside, twice razor sharp.
3-1 via Joao Felix and substitute Rafael Leao. So match played? Well, not quite. Bukari was able to bring some tension with the head, in the nine minutes of extra time the venom egg was almost in the tail. Inaki Williams hid in the back of the Portuguese goalkeeper, but slipped away and was unable to score the 3-3. Good start for Portugal.