Cristiano Ronaldo became the first male player to score in five World Cups as Portugal opened its campaign against Ghana, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.
Despite his recent struggles and controversies at club level, Ronaldo spectacularly led the line for his national team in Thursday’s game, which ended in a 3-2 victory for Portugal.
After a goalless first half, Ronaldo converted from the spot in the 65th minute to give Portugal a 1–0 lead against Ghana.
Ghanaian Andre Ayew then scored the equaliser, after which Portugal conceded two goals in quick succession to make it 3–1. A goal from Ghanaian Osman Bukari made it 3-2 in the 89th minute.
Portugal’s win puts the team top of Group H ahead of their next game against Uruguay on Monday. Ghana’s next game is against South Korea on Monday.