Shaista Fatima/ New Delhi
Thursday night's match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar was not only special for the first-ever makeshift FIFA WC stadium but also for Christiano Ronaldo.
Portugal won the match by 3-2 and Ronaldo scripted history by scoring a goal in the 65th minute of the game. With this goal, he surpassed the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and others to become the only player with goals in 5 different editions of the World Cup.
All of the Portugal players came onto the pitch to celebrate Ronaldo's goal ❤️ pic.twitter.com/T9exnnMHy7— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 24, 2022
It is often said "Where there is Ronaldo there follows a heated argument or a controversy", which was true for Thursday night's match as well. In the first half, the goal secured by Ronaldo was declared a foul by the referee while the second-half penalty shot was refuted by Ghana's coach Otto Addo.
🇬🇭Otto Addo 🗣— George Addo Jnr (@addojunr) November 24, 2022
"The referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty. Everyone saw that. Why? Because it's Ronaldo or something?"
“If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift. A special gift from the referee.” pic.twitter.com/9JKSJit7wD
Cristiano Ronaldo is motivated by his haters 😈 pic.twitter.com/XIE9wnPSDE— GOAL (@goal) November 24, 2022
Where was the world when Ronaldo was robbed of this goal and was on the brink of not qualifying for the World Cup— Jerry (@CristianoStyle7) November 24, 2022
Today he gets a penalty and the whole world is on his head like just let it go bruh, if you think Ronaldo is being favored then trust me he is being hated way more pic.twitter.com/plTeblABLc
While veterans in the commentary box called for a VAR, the players on the field decided to oblige with the decision in both scenarios.
The first half was nil for both sides, it was the second half that was packed with action. In all 5 goals were scored.
The comeback by Ghana was commendable as Osman and Ayew were the men on the job. But Felix and Rafael made sure to make Portugal stand apart.
Andre Ayew equaliser for Ghana vs Portugal. Mohammed Kudus with the assist.— FT90Extra (@FT90Extra) November 24, 2022
Ghana are the first African country to score at the 2022 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/szPtWdCWcs
Ronaldos was so happy for Felix goal pic.twitter.com/otDsc1Ouvi— A🇵🇹🇸🇦 (@IconicCristiano) November 24, 2022
Twitterati was on fire after Ronaldo's kick and overall by the Portugal team's victory. Listed are some reactions from the social media platform.
Portugal 🇵🇹 vs Ghana 🇬🇭— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) November 24, 2022
VIVA RONALDOOOOO 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/p61HTILC52
Joao Felix has now equalled Wayne Rooney's WC goals record— CR7 Rap Rhymes (@cr7raprhymes) November 24, 2022
Rafael Leao’s smile during the goal… 😂❤️ pic.twitter.com/17wyeKNd0k— TC (@totalcristiano) November 25, 2022
While Ghana takes on South Korea on Monday, Portugal will be facing Uruguay on Tue.
The live matches can be streamed in India on Sports 18. They are also streamed on Jio Cinema app for free.
The Indian Standard Time (IST) for the matches is 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 12:30 am.