DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took in a deep breath after which made World Cup historical past.
The Portugal striker turned the primary male participant to attain at 5 World Cups along with his Sixty fifth-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
Days after his contract was terminated at Manchester United following a tell-all interview, he let his soccer do the speaking initially of seemingly his remaining World Cup.
“This was a beautiful moment,” Ronaldo mentioned. “The world record, the only player to score in five World Cups, makes me very proud.”
Wheeling away after the ball struck the again of the web to present Portugal a 1-0 lead, a smiling Ronaldo carried out his regular leap and swivel within the air — the gang roared his trademark “SI-UUU” as he did the pirouette — earlier than getting mobbed by teammates.
He has now scored in each World Cup since his first in 2006, when a penalty towards Iran began his run of objectives within the match that’s now as much as eight in 18 matches. He has a males’s report 118 worldwide objectives.
“I think Cristiano is a phenomenon, a legend,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos mentioned. “In 50 years, we will continue to talk about him.”
His newest scoring report provides to the luster of a resume that ought to guarantee Ronaldo receives loads of affords from new golf equipment after splitting with United on Tuesday. That got here after he gave an unauthorized interview to Piers Morgan criticizing the supervisor, homeowners and his teammates on the English membership.
His fraught buildup to the match didn’t seem to have an effect on Ronaldo towards Ghana, regardless that he wasted two clear-cut possibilities within the first half.
“It was a week that finished this chapter (with United),” Ronaldo mentioned. “It is closed and now I want to start with the good foot forward. We started, we won, I want to help my team and all the rest does not matter.”
Ronaldo ended the match along with his head in his palms in pure aid after Ghana nearly snatched a draw within the ninth minute of stoppage time because of a chunk of ingenuity.
Within the final motion of the sport, Ghana striker Inaki Williams hid behind Diogo Costa because the Portugal goalkeeper rolled the ball on the bottom and ready to clear it. Williams dispossessed Costa and, regardless of slipping, managed to poke the ball towards objective.
Portugal defender Danilo raced again and cleared the ball away from close to the road as Ronaldo, who was sitting within the dugout after being substituted, watched in disbelief.
All of the objectives got here in a wild remaining half-hour, with Andre Ayew equalizing for Ghana eight minutes after Ronaldo transformed his penalty after tumbling below a problem by Mohammed Salisu.
Ghana coach Otto Addo known as the penalty “a special gift from the referee.”
Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal within the 78th minute following a through-ball by Bruno Fernandes, who then arrange Rafael Leao so as to add a 3rd. Osman Bukari decreased Ghana’s deficit within the 89th, celebrating in comical style by performing Ronaldo’s “SI-UUU” twirl.
Not one of the 5 African groups on the World Cup received their first match within the group stage. Ghana misplaced, like Senegal and Cameroon, whereas Tunisia and Morocco drew their video games. “They didn’t win but I saw they can compete with the opponent,” Addo mentioned. “I hope we can improve.”
Inaki Williams made his first aggressive begin for Ghana, a day after his brother, Nico, got here on as an alternative to Spain in a 7-0 win over Costa Rica. Inaki Williams switched allegiance this yr from Spain to Ghana, which is the nation the place his mother and father have been born and left a long time in the past whereas his mom was pregnant with him.