- Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman had a mixed performance in Ghana's tantalising encounter against Portugal at Stadium 974
- The Reading defender failed to sort out his feet as Joao Felix pounced on the ball to beat the on-rushing Ati Zigi in a 1v1 situation
- The 28-year-old defender did provide an assist for Ghana's consolation goal, but it proved to be a case of much ado about nothing
Ghanaian football fans on social media roasted Baba Rahman, following his costly mistake in Ghana's tantalising 3-2 loss against Portugal on Thursday, November 24.
The Black Stars of Ghana and Portugal sold out arguably the most entertaining second-half of the 2022 World Cup thus far.
Following a one-sided first half, the game exploded into excitement when Ronaldo controversially broke the deadlock via the penalty spot.
Andre Ayew levelled the score but two quickfire goals from the Selecao, one aided by Ghana defender Rahman, rendered Osman Bukari's late goal a consolation in a nail-biting encounter.
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After the end of the game, Ghanaians took to social media to finger the full-back as the major reason why the Black Stars lost.
Below are some comments:
@AtsuTamakloe said it in no uncertain terms:
"No one should insult our intelligence again by ever suggesting that Baba Rahman is better than Gideon Mensah. Or that he's better defensively or any of that nonsense. I don't wanna hear it."
@tlimz1 concurred with that:
"I will never accept it in any day or anywhere that they will talk rubbish that Baba Rahman being a better player than Gideon Mensah never."
@thenanaaba furiously added:
"Baba Rahman. What the hell?"
A user @Muftawu_Nabila found humour in Baba's error:
"Baba Rahman can't turn to save his life."
"Baba Rahman should be on the Bench"
Mixed fortunes in Ghana game
Portugal began the game dominating possession, winning a corner kick after three minutes, but the set piece was defended by the Black Stars.
Alidu Seidu gave Ghana a sigh of relief after running down the right, but the Clermont Foot defender's cross did not meet its target.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the best chance to give the Portuguese the lead after he was sent through by Bernardo Silva, but the Portugal talisman was denied by goalkeeper Richard Ati Zigi.
Fans slam questionable VAR decision
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that football fans across social media vented their spleen on referee Ismail Elfath for his decision not to review Ronaldo's penalty incident.
Portugal and Ghana played out a nail-biting five-goal thriller in their Group H opener at Stadium 974 on Thursday, November 24.
Portugal broke the game's deadlock via the penalty spot before Ayew levelled the score shortly after. However, the Selecao put the game beyond the reach of the Black Stars with a series of quick goals.