CM: Ronaldo makes history in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana

Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

AL WAKRAH, Qatar — Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and then made World Cup soccer history.

The Portugal striker became the first men’s player to score at least one goal in five World Cups when he converted a 65th-minute penalty to give his country a 3-2 victory against Ghana on Thursday.

“It was a wonderful moment,” Ronaldo said. The world record, the only player to have scored in five World Cups, makes me very proud.

Andre Ayew tied Ghana 1-1 eight minutes later, but Joao Felix put Portugal ahead in the 78th minute and Rafael Leao made it 3-1. Osman Bukari narrowed the deficit by finding the back of the net in the 89th minute, but the ‘Black Stars’ ran out of time to complete the comeback.

Ronaldo, 37, is keen to show off his talent for all to see as he searches for a new professional club after his spell with Manchester United came to an abrupt end earlier this week. After missing two golden chances in the first half, he stumbled after contact with Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu in the penalty area – resulting in a penalty.

After rocking the ropes, ‘CR7’ performed his legendary choreography to mark his achievement – the crowd shouted ‘SI-UUU’ as he spun – before being joined by his teammates.

He has now scored at least one goal in every edition of the World Cup since 2006, and has 118 career international goals.

“I believe that Cristiano is a phenomenon, a legend,” said Portugal head coach Fernando Santos. In 50 years, we will continue to talk about him.”

Switzerland 1 Cameroon 0

Breel Embolo’s net propelled Switzerland to a narrow 1-0 victory against Cameroon, and he then delivered on his promise not to celebrate his success against the country where he was born.

The Swiss striker from Yaoundé accepted Xherdan Shaqiri’s pass and fired a right foot slap from a distance of eight meters in the 48th minute, after finding himself alone in the enclave.

Embolo then smiled wryly before opening his arms and then raising his hands in apology as his teammates joined him at the penalty spot in celebration.

Cameroon have now suffered eight consecutive World Cup defeats, a sad streak that began in 2002.

Uruguay 0 South Korea 0

South Korea and Uruguay started their World Cup journey with a 0-0 draw, a result that could give the Asian team an advantage.

This match presented at the Education City stadium once again put a thorn in the side of one of the favorite teams of the tournament. Argentina and Germany lost their first game against all odds.

The two countries exchanged very few scoring chances, but the best ones were generated by Uruguay. Diego Godin hit the post in the 43rd minute, then Federico Valverde imitated him in the 89th.

Brazil 2 – Serbia 0

Richarlison scored two goals, one of them spectacular, as Brazil beat Serbia 2-0.

In the 73rd minute, Brazil’s leading striker made a first touch with the ball in the air and then turned around to hit it with his right foot.

The Brazilians struggled to get past the Serbian defence, but Richarlison opened the scoring in the 62nd minute following a breakthrough created by Neymar.

Vinicius Junior set the table for his teammate’s two goals.

Neymar, who is seeking a first major title with Brazil, has seen his tally remain at 75 goals for the national team. He is just two goals off Pelé’s record.

Brazil and Serbia also met in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. The Brazilians won 2-0.


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