Ronaldo first player to score at five World Cups as Portugal beat Ghana 3-2
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo became the first male player to score at five World Cups with a goal for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.
The 37-year-old striker converted a penalty in the 65th minute to give Portugal a 1-0 lead.
He has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006, when he converted a penalty against Iran in the group stage.
Ronaldo scored one goal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, another at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, and four in Russia in 2018 with this goal extending his men's record tally of international goals to 118.
Brazil forward Marta has scored in five Women's World Cups.
The first-half of the Group H clash against Ghana was forgettable apart from a couple of Ronaldo chances, but it burst into life after the interval as Portugal belatedly began their campaign.
Ronaldo, a free agent after his second stint at Old Trafford ended abruptly on Tuesday, thumped home a dubiously-awarded penalty in the 65th minute after an innocuous coming together with Mohammed Salisu saw the referee point to the spot.
Ghana did nothing in the first half apart from defend deeply but gave their noisy bank of fans in the 974 Stadium something to cheer when Andre Ayew equalised in the 73rd minute.
Joao Felix restored Portugal's lead five minutes later, however, and Ronaldo then showed his class with a jinking run before sliding a pass to Rafael Leao to leave Ghana stunned.
Osman Bukari's 89th-minute headed reply set up an anxious ending for Portugal but they survived nine minutes of stoppage time to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time in their last four appearances.