Ronaldo nets at record fifth World Cup in victory

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By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport at Stadium 974, Doha

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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at five Fifa World Cups as Portugal began their campaign with a thrilling victory over Ghana.

Ronaldo was playing for the first time since his controversial television interview last week and his subsequent release by Manchester United following the comments.

And the 37-year-old scored the opening goal from the penalty spot, hammering in after being tripped in the box by Ghana's Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.

Captain Ronaldo had a couple of chances early on but a low shot was smothered by Lawrence Ati-Zigi and he also headed wide at the far post.

The forward had a goal disallowed for a push on Alexander Djiku while at the other end, Ghana did not have a single shot in the opening period.

The Africans improved in the second period as Mohammed Kudus drilled narrowly wide of the far post and got their reward when Andre Ayew equalised from close range.

But Portugal responded with two goals in two minutes to seal the points - Joao Felix converting a delightfully clipped finish and substitute Rafael Leao coolly stroking in just seconds after coming on.

Osman Bukhari headed in a late consolation for Ghana, but victory means Portugal top Group H after Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw earlier on Thursday.

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Portugal

Squad number22Player nameDiogo Costa

Squad number20Player nameJoão Cancelo

Squad number4Player nameRúben Dias

Squad number13Player nameDanilo Pereira

Squad number5Player nameRaphaël Guerreiro

Squad number10Player nameBernardo Silva

Squad number18Player nameRúben Neves

Squad number25Player nameOtávio

Squad number8Player nameBruno Fernandes

Squad number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo

Squad number11Player nameJoão Félix

Squad number6Player nameJoão Palhinha

Squad number14Player nameWilliam Carvalho

Squad number15Player nameRafael Leão

Squad number17Player nameJoão Mário

Squad number26Player nameGonçalo Ramos

Ghana

Squad number1Player nameAti-Zigi

Squad number26Player nameSeidu

Squad number18Player nameAmartey

Squad number23Player nameDjiku

Squad number4Player nameSalisu

Squad number17Player nameBaba

Squad number5Player namePartey

Squad number20Player nameKudus

Squad number21Player nameAbdul Samed

Squad number10Player nameA Ayew

Squad number19Player nameWilliams

Squad number2Player nameLamptey

Squad number8Player nameKyereh

Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

Squad number11Player nameBukari

Squad number25Player nameSemenyo

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

22Meireles da Costa20Cancelo4Rúben Dias13DaniloBooked at 90mins5Guerreiro10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forJoão Palhinhaat 88'minutes18NevesSubstituted forda Conceição Leãoat 77'minutes25OtávioSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 56'minutes8Bruno FernandesBooked at 90mins7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forMatias Ramosat 88'minutes11Félix SequeiraSubstituted forJoão Márioat 88'minutes

Substitutes

1Rui Patrício2Dalot3Pepe6João Palhinha9André Silva1214William Carvalho15da Conceição Leão16Vitinha17João Mário21da Luz Horta23Nunes24Pereira de Albuquerque Tavares da Silva26Matias Ramos

Ghana

Formation 5-3-2

1Ati-Zigi26SeiduBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLampteyat 66'minutes18Amartey23DjikuSubstituted forSemenyoat 90+2'minutes4Salisu17Baba5Partey20KudusBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBukariat 77'minutes21Abdul SamedSubstituted forKyerehat 90+2'minutes10A AyewBooked at 49minsSubstituted forJ Ayewat 77'minutes19WilliamsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

2Lamptey3Odoi6Owusu7Fatawu8Kyereh9J Ayew11Bukari12Danlad13Afriyie14Mensah15Aidoo16Nurudeen22Sulemana24Sowah25Semenyo

Referee:Ismail Elfath

Attendance:42,662

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.

Second Half ends, Portugal 3, Ghana 2.

Attempt missed. Osman Bukari (Ghana) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Gonçalo Ramos (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Ghana).

Attempt blocked. Rafael Leão (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Palhinha.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Portugal).

Osman Bukari (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Osman Bukari (Ghana).

Substitution, Ghana. Antoine Semenyo replaces Alexander Djiku.

Substitution, Ghana. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replaces Salis Abdul Samed.

Attempt missed. Mohammed Salisu (Ghana) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Partey.

Danilo Pereira (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

Iñaki Williams (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Danilo Pereira (Portugal).

Iñaki Williams (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Portugal 3, Ghana 2. Osman Bukari (Ghana) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Substitution, Portugal. Gonçalo Ramos replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

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