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FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights: POR scrape past GHA, Embolo’s goal help SWI defeat CAM, URU-KOR share points

FIFA World Cup Highlights: Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score in five different World Cups.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: November 25, 2022 2:46:06 am
Glimpses from FIFA WC matches on Nov 24. (AP)

World Cup 2022 Highlights: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off his bitter split with Manchester United to claim yet another record as he became the first player to score in five World Cups with a penalty to help steer his side to a nervy 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.

The first-half of the Group H clash was forgettable apart from a couple of Ronaldo chances, but it burst into life after the interval as Portugal belatedly began their campaign.

In the last match, Uruguay defender Diego Godin and midfielder Federico Valverde both hit the woodwork as the South Americans were held to a 0-0 draw by South Korea in their opening World Cup Group H game on Thursday. In the first match of the day, Switzerland opened their 2022 World Cup campaign in Group G with a 1-0 win over Cameroon. Breel Embolo scored his first World Cup goal against the country of his birth.

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23:31 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:Fulltime
23:30 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(90+10"): That's that Portugal win 3-2

Absolutely brilliant game of football. We witnessed five goals in the second half. Every time Portugal went in front Ghana replied However failed to get a point.

23:24 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(90+4"): Can Ghana take points

Unsurprisingly, the referee has signalled for nine more minutes of play as a result of the more contentious nature of this second half. Fernandes is shown a yellow soon after for an untimely challenge on Bukari. This has been another humdinger so far.


23:19 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(89"): Ghana responds

Brilliant from Ghana they come back. Santos made some substitutes. It is getting feisty and spicy. The game has turned upside down. Bukari’s scores the goal.


23:15 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(87") : Ghana breaks the curse
23:13 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(85") : Brilliant Bruno
23:10 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(81") : Portugal goes three nil up

Leao scores within three minutes after his introduction. Brilliant assist by Bruno. Portugal has absolutely turned it one here against Ghana's brilliant display of attacking moves by Portugal.


23:08 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(78") : Felix scores

Brilliant finish by Joa Felix, and a stunning counter-attack by Portugal. Ghana getting carried away at the moment. Portugal strikes back, Absolute madness this game is turned on its head.


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23:03 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(73") : Aye Scores for Ghana

Ghana equalises. Kudu who has been lively throughout the day sets up one to Aye. Aye has been more upfront in the second half. We already had two upsets. Can Ghana do it?


22:57 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(70") : Records galore
22:55 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(65") : Suiiiiiiiiii! Ronaldo scores a penalty

Ronaldo scores the penalty. He becomes the first player to score in five different World Cups. Despite all the off-field drama. Come to the big stage who else to rely upon than the great man?


22:50 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(62") : No red card just a warning

After a late challenge by Seidu on Felix, the Ghanain is shown a yellow card. However, as Felix confronts Seidu for the untimely tackle, the video feed picks up the Ghanain attempting a headbutt on Felix. The Portuguese rush to the referee to contest the action, and after a brief delay, it looks like there will be no further review.


22:46 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(56") Sub for Portugal

William Carvalho is on for Otavio who picked a knock. Let us see if this substitution can spark some light in the game. As of now, Ghana is looking like a better side.


22:42 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(54") More like it from Ghana

Seidu has been a catalyst of sorts for Ghana in this second half as they look to be more positive on Portugal’s end. He sends in a cross from just outside the right side of the box, but the ball reaches Rahman on the bounce who fails to control it as he is hurried by Cancelo.

22:40 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(52"): Who is waiting for this beauty next up
22:38 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA:(50") Andrew Aye gets a card

Andrew Aye gets a yellow trying to challenge Thomas Partey. Good aggressive intent by Aye. Apart from that everything seems to be the same old same old.


22:35 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA: Who will break the deadlock?
22:34 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA: We are back for the second half folks

There is not a lot of talk about the first half. Looks like there are no substitutes either for the sides. We will have to wait and see if there is a change in approach from either side.


22:31 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA: Good start for goalie so far
22:30 (IST)24 Nov 2022
POR vs GHA: Bruno Fernandes numbers

Portugal vs Ghana: Cristiano Ronaldo takes centre stage. So will Mohammed Kudus.

Portugal Ghana

Between the two, Ronaldo and Kudus will provide a fascinating sub-plot to an engrossing Group H tie between Portugal and Ghana. The 37-year-old Ronaldo, after a troubled season at his club where he has mostly warmed the bench, will hope to offer a throwback to his mercurial past and help a talented Portuguese side realise its potential. Kudus, 22, will aim to provide a glimpse into the future by carrying his club form to the international stage and propelling an underperforming Ghana into the knockout rounds.

Kudus is relishing the opportunity to play against Ronaldo, whom he grew up watching, but has promised he won’t get carried away. “I think it will be a great moment to share the same pitch with an iconic player like Cristiano Ronaldo. We all looked up to him and watched him on TV,” he told Ghana’s TV3. “But with all the respect, we will approach the game with the same mentality… My mentality is approaching every single game like when I was playing in the academy.”

The Williams crossed a desert barefoot to flee a war. Now, their sons are at the World Cup – one playing for Spain, other for Ghana

Inaki Williams with his younger brother Nico

Despite being his World Cup debut and a 7-0 win, the Costa Rica match wasn’t the one Nico Williams was most looking forward to.

“Above all, I’d like to face Ghana,” the Spain winger told AFP pre-tournament.

There wouldn’t be another Spanish player who’d be as keen about that matchup at this World Cup. For, one of the players Nico will be up against will be none other than his brother Inaki: Nico wearing Spanish red, Inaki – eight years elder to him – in Ghana’s colours.

“It’s that sibling rivalry. We could never have imagined that we would reach this level, two brothers playing for the same club (Athletic Bilbao), each one in a national team and at a World Cup,” Nico said, giving a glimpse into the competitive relationship between the brothers before quickly pivoting to the emotional.

The Williams brothers were born to Ghanaian parents, who had fled to Spain as refugees of the Liberian civil war.

Mexico’s away-kit rage, jaguar patterns on Brazil’s shirts, Denmark making a statement and Netherlands’s pale orange: a look at World Cup jerseys

A national team jersey often encapsulates a country’s culture and tradition. The colours are a national symbol, which become closely associated with the team’s identity – the Canary yellow is instantly identifiable with Brazil, Mexico’s Green is an instant hit always and Netherlands’s flaming orange is often a style statement.

The traiditional kits habe reappeared at the World Cup in Qatar as well, albeit with slight variations.

While England were dressed in their traditional all white garb against Iran and France donned their usual navy-blue kit, with a second star over their crest, signifying their triumph four years ago, some teams have made tweaks to their usual colours.

The USA, who were supposed to wear a jersey with rainbow striped chest, had to swap these plans for a more neutral kit while Belgium were told that they could not wear match shirts with “Love” written on their collars.


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First published on: 24-11-2022 at 02:05:12 pm
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