Portugal edge five-goal thriller against Ghana

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Portugal got their World Cup run up and moving with a 3-2 triumph against Ghana arsenic quick-fire goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao helped them to triumph astatine Stadium 974.

Cristiano Ronaldo enactment his broadside up successful the 65th infinitesimal -- aft leaving Manchester United by "mutual agreement" earlier successful the week -- with a punishment which made him the archetypal antheral subordinate to people astatine 5 World Cups.

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Ghana's Andre Ayew equalised successful the 73rd minute, but Portugal responded with 78th-minute and 80th-minute efforts from Felix and Leao. A precocious effort from Osman Bukari made things absorbing but Fernando Santos' broadside were capable to thrust retired the storm.

Portugal had an aboriginal accidental successful the 10th infinitesimal erstwhile Ronaldo was sent done connected extremity by Bruno Fernandes, but Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi was capable to smother the forward's mediocre archetypal touch. The Portugal skipper was denied again 3 minutes aboriginal arsenic helium roseate highest for a header which helium skewed wide.

Ronaldo had the shot successful the nett successful the 31st infinitesimal aft shrugging disconnected the situation of Alexander Djiku and slotting past Ati-Zigi, but the whistle had already been blown for a foul connected the Ghana defender.

Ghana showed much attacking endeavor astatine the commencement of the 2nd half, with Mohammed Kudus dragging a changeable wide of Diogo Costa's left-hand station successful the 55th infinitesimal arsenic his broadside looked to outpouring a shock.

Ronaldo yet enactment his broadside up successful the 65th infinitesimal with a chill effort from the punishment spot aft being felled by Mohamed Salisu -- making World Cup past successful the process.

But Ghana struck backmost successful the 73rd minute, arsenic Ayew turned location from adjacent scope aft Kudus' debased transverse was deflected into his way -- sending the vocal Ghanaian enactment into delirium.

Their joyousness did not past for long, however, arsenic Felix calmly finished past Ati-Zigi 5 minutes aboriginal to enactment Portugal backmost successful beforehand aft Fernandes' walk divided Ghana's defence.

Leao extended his side's pb moments aboriginal aft side-footing location different Fernandes walk -- the AC Milan winger's archetypal extremity for Portugal.

Portugal looked to beryllium strolling to victory, but Bukari's 89th-minute header meant determination were precocious nerves for some sides.

Costa astir fluffed his lines aft rolling the shot retired to the lurking Inaki Williams successful stoppage time, but the striker slipped astatine the important infinitesimal and Portugal survived.

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