- Cristiano Ronaldo has warned his Portugal teammates that Group F is far from done
- The Selecao came out 3-2 winners against a tough Black Stars of Ghana outfit
- Portugal hope to overcome Uruguay and South Korea in the remaining games
Cristiano Ronaldo has declared that 'nothing is gained', after his Portugal side sunk Ghana 3-2 in their World Group F opener.
In arguably the match of the tournament so far, both nations tested each other to provide brilliant entertainment for the fans at Stadium 974 on November 24.
This was Ronaldo’s first game since the controversial interview with Piers Morgan aired, as well as since his subsequent release from Manchester United.
As reported by the BBC, Fernando Santos trusted the veteran striker with the captain’s armband. Ronaldo led by example by scoring his team’s first goal from the penalty spot, after the referee called a foul from Ghana’s Mohammed Salisu.
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Ghana did not have a shot on target in the opening period, but were much improved in the second half as Andre Ayew equalised from close range.
However, two goals in almost as many minutes for Portugal sealed all three points, as Joao Felix scored with a delightful clipped finish while substitute Rafael Leao stroked in mere seconds after coming on.
Ghana threatened to come back once more, but Osman Bukhari’s late header only proved to be a consolation.
Ronaldo’s statement on the game
After the game, Ronaldo took to social media with an elite message to the rest of the team, ahead of their next game against Uruguay on Monday, November 28.
“Very important win on our World Cup debut, but nothing is gained! It was just the first step! We remain focused in pursuit of our goals. Go Portugal!” he said on his Instagram.
The win for Seleção das Quinas, coupled with the 0-0 stalemate between South Korea and Uruguay, means Portugal sit comfortably atop the pile after the first round of Group F matches.
Fans question refereeing decisions
Sports Brief also reported on how African fans questioned some decisions by the referee during the Portugal-Ghana clash.
Ghana crossed paths with Portugal for the second time at the FIFA World Cup after their 2014 meeting in Brazil, which ended in favour of the Europeans.
Following the end of the nail-biting clash, football fans across the African continent reckoned the Black Stars were given a raw deal by the officials.