World Cup 2022 highlights: Portugal escapes Ghana, 3-2

That 2022 FIFA World Cup continued on Thursday with Portugal narrowly surviving Ghana, 3-2, at Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar, picking up three points in Group H with the win.

It marks Portugal’s first World Cup win in an opening game since 2006 and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored once on Thursday, made history as the first men’s player to score in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Earlier, Switzerland earned three points in Group G after taking care of business against Cameroon, winning 1-0 to open the day, while Uruguay and South Korea battled to a scoreless draw in the day’s other game. Both teams took a point in Group H for their efforts.

You can watch this game and every game in the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks – the tournament’s official English-language broadcast partner in the United States – and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream replays of the entire match for free on Tubi.

Portugal vs. Ghana Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup

Portugal vs.  Ghana Highlights |  2022 FIFA World Cup

It was Portugal’s first win in an opening match at the World Cup since 2006.

Here are the best plays.

Portugal 3, Ghana 2

22′: Air Ronaldo arrives

Ronaldo had a chance to put Portugal ahead early with this header but he was unable to connect. However, he got some air in the process.

30′: Goal disallowed

Ronaldo found the back of the net after half an hour, but the goal was promptly disallowed for a foul on Ghana defender Alexander Djiku. Just like that, things remained goalless before the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Ghana was ruled out by a foul

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal against Ghana was ruled out by a foul

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was ruled out by a foul in Portugal’s 2022 FIFA World Cup matchup with Ghana in the 30th minute after a foul call.

57′: Sees yellow

It quickly got hotter in the second half. Ghana’s André Ayew was booked in the 49th minute, followed by team-mate Alidu Seidu receiving a yellow card for contact with Portugal’s João Félix.

65′: Goal!

Ronaldo scored from a penalty to give Portugal a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute, becoming the first men’s player to score in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal against Ghana in 62′

Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal against Ghana in 62'

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal for Portugal in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

73′: Ghana equalises

Portugal’s lead was short-lived as Ayew netted in the 73rd minute to tie things up, 1-1.

Ghana’s André Ayew scores a goal against Portugal in the 73rd minute

Ghana's André Ayew scores a goal against Portugal in the 73rd minute

André Ayew’s second-half goal ties Portugal into the 2022 men’s FIFA World Cup.

78′: Portugal responds

Félix, assisted by Bruno Fernandes, came up with a big goal in the second half to put Portugal back in the lead, 2-1.

Portugal’s João Félix scores a goal against Ghana on 77′

Portugal's João Félix scores a goal against Ghana on 77'

João Félix scores a goal in the second half against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

80′: Only gas, no brake

Two minutes later, Rafael Leão scored for Portugal after a quick break to extend their lead to 3-1.

Portugal’s Rafael Leão scores a goal vs. Ghana in the 80s

Portugal's Rafael Leão scores a goal vs.  Ghana in the 80s

Rafael Leão scores a goal against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

89′: Ghana keep it close

Ghana midfielder Osman Bukari closed the gap a bit in the final minutes, 3-2, with a header.

However, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback and things ended there.

Ghana’s Osman Bukari scores a goal against Portugal in the 89′

Ghana's Osman Bukari scores a goal against Portugal in the 89'

Osman Bukari scores a goal against Portugal in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

PREGAME

Setting the scene

All eyes were on Portuguese superstar Ronaldo when he took the field on Thursday.

The 37-year-old sent shockwaves through the sporting world this week when news broke that he left his club, Manchester United, by mutual consentand he was suspended and fined by the Football Association in two matches with the club he lands with next. Ronaldo skipped his media duties as national team captain at the squad’s official FIFA news conference on Thursday, but fans still poured in to support the star.

History in the making

Ronaldo, who tied the men’s record for playing in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments starting Thursday, became emotional as Portugal’s national anthem, “A Portuguesa,” blared through the stadium ahead of all the action.

Cristiano Ronaldo tears up during Portugal’s national anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo tears up during Portugal's national anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears during Portugal’s national anthem before their match against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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