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 together 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 at the beginning of possible his remaining World Cup.

“This was an exquisite second,” Ronaldo stated. “The world document, the one participant to attain in 5 World Cups, makes me very proud.”

Wheeling away after the ball struck the again of the online to offer 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 in opposition to Iran began his run of targets within the event that’s now as much as eight in 18 matches. He has a males’s document 118 worldwide targets.

“I feel Cristiano is a phenomenon, a legend,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos stated. “In 50 years, we’ll proceed to speak about him.”

His newest scoring document provides to the luster of a resume that ought to guarantee Ronaldo receives loads of gives 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, house owners and his teammates on the English membership.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, up, falls over Ghana's goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi during the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Ghana, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, up, falls over Ghana’s goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi throughout the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Ghana, on the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Picture/Darko Bandic)

His fraught buildup to the event didn’t seem to have an effect on Ronaldo in opposition to Ghana, although he wasted two clear-cut possibilities within the first half.

“It was per week that completed this chapter (with United),” Ronaldo stated. “It’s closed and now I wish to begin with the great foot ahead. We began, we received, I wish to assist my workforce and all the remainder doesn’t matter.”

Ronaldo ended the match together with his head in his palms in pure reduction 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 purpose.

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 targets got here in a wild remaining half-hour, with Andre Ayew equalizing for Ghana eight minutes after Ronaldo transformed his penalty after tumbling beneath a problem by Mohammed Salisu.

Ghana coach Otto Addo known as the penalty “a particular present 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 lowered Ghana’s deficit within the 89th, celebrating in comical vogue 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 however I noticed they will compete with the opponent,” Addo stated. “I hope we will enhance.”

Inaki Williams made his first aggressive begin for Ghana, a day after his brother, Nico, got here on as an alternative choice 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 dad and mom have been born and left many years in the past whereas his mom was pregnant with him.

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