Facing Iñaki Williams’ Ghana in the first match was no easy task for Portugal. However, Fernando Santos’ men showed that they want to leave their mark in Qatar. The emotion of Cristiano Ronaldo listening to the Portuguese anthem in his fifth and last World Cup made clear the commitment of ‘CR7 ′ who has no limits when it comes to breaking records. The Portuguese striker became the only footballer to score in five World Cups.
Emotions moved into the second half, in which the scoring opened at 65′ with a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo. With this, the forward reached 8 goals in the World Cups. However, surprise came into the match when at minute 73, an attack from the right by the African team culminated in a shot by André Ayew, who beat Diogo Costa.
Portugal advanced their ranks and the figure of Bernardo Silva appeared, providing two goal-passes to Joao Félix (78′) and Rafael Leao (80′) that gave the Europeans peace of mind. The last minutes were heart-stopping, because at minute 89 Osman Bakari marks the discount with a header and, in the final minutes, the attacker Iñaki Williams only misses the tie.
“We know that in these competitions the first game is crucial, but also the record of being the first player to score in five World Cups is something that makes me very proud and I am very happy that the team has achieved a result in a tough game,” he declared. ‘CR7’, who was consulted about his departure from Manchester United. “We won, I was able to help my team and everything else doesn’t matter.”