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World Cup 2022: Portugal beat Ghana 3-2, Ronaldo makes history


Portugal won their first match of the World Cup 2022beating Ghana 3-2 Thursday night in Qatar.

All five goals came in the last 45 minutes of play, but Portugal survived Ghana to secure a victory in Group H.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the World Cup Group H soccer match between Portugal and Ghana at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
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Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo kicked the scoring in the 65th minute to put Portugal ahead 1-0 after converting from a penalty.

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Ronaldo became the first male player to score in five World Cups with this goal.

Ronaldo’s first World Cup It was in 2006, when he converted a penalty against Iran. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Ronaldo scored five goals.

Portugal's Rafael Leao celebrates scoring his team's third goal against Ghana during a World Cup Group H soccer match at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

Portugal’s Rafael Leao celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against Ghana during a World Cup Group H soccer match at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

However, his heroism alone was not enough for Portugal to earn three points as Ghana equalized the game at 1-1 on a goal by Ghanaian Andre Ayew in the 73rd minute.

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Portugal responded quickly, scoring goals in the 78th and 80th minutes to put the game away.

It’s been an interesting few days for football’s biggest star, like Ronaldo and Manchester United agreed to separate on Tuesday after the 37-year-old criticized his English Premier League club in an interview.

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During an appearance on ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’, Ronaldo said he felt “betrayed” by the club and accused senior officials of trying to force him out.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Ghana from the penalty spot in a World Cup Group H soccer match at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday (November 24th) 2022.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal against Ghana from the penalty spot in a World Cup Group H soccer match at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday (November 24th) 2022.
(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

“Cristiano Ronaldo must leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” Manchester United said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The club thanks him for his immense contribution over two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

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“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to achieve success on the pitch.”

Ronaldo now has a record 118 international goals.

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