Ronaldo becomes the first male player to score in five World Cups when Portugal face Ghana
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 nervy 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
The first half of the Group H clash was forgettable apart from a couple of Ronaldo chances, but it burst into life after the break as Portugal made a late start to their campaign.
Ronaldo, a free agent after his second stint at Old Trafford ended abruptly on Tuesday, slotted home a questionably awarded penalty in the 65th minute after an innocuous challenge on Mohammed Salisu saw the referee point to the spot.
Ghana did nothing in the first half except defend deep but gave their raucous collection of fans at the 974 Stadium something to cheer about when Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute.
However, Joao Felix restored Portugal’s lead five minutes later, and Bruno Fernandes then showed his class with a crisp run before firing a pass to Rafael Leao to leave Ghana stunned.
Osman Bukari’s 89th-minute headed reply set up an anxious finish for Portugal, but they survived nine minutes of stoppage time to win their opening match at a World Cup for the first time in their last four appearances.