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Ghana narrowly lose to Portugal in five-goal thriller

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Ghana and Portugal played out an entertaining match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H match at Stadium 974 in Doha. 

Portugal came out 3-2 winners over the Black Stars in a game that was filled with controversy.

Ghana coach Otto Addo played a more defensive approach in the first half with Danny Amartey, Thomas Partey and Salisu part of a back five while Dede Ayew and Mohammed Kudus carrying the attacking threat.

The first half ended in a deadlock but it was the Portuguese who registered on the score sheet first through Cristiano Ronaldo via the spot after being tripped in the box by Ghana’s Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.

Captain Ronaldo had a couple of chances early on but a low shot was smothered by Lawrence Ati-Zigi and he also headed wide at the far post.

The forward had a goal disallowed for a push on Alexander Djiku while at the other end, Ghana did not have a single shot in the opening period.

The Africans improved in the second period as Mohammed Kudus drilled narrowly wide of the far post and got their reward when Andre Ayew equalised from close range.

But Portugal responded with two goals in two minutes to seal the points – Joao Felix converting a delightfully clipped finish and substitute Rafael Leao coolly stroking in just seconds after coming on.

Osman Bukhari headed in a late consolation for Ghana and there could have been real drama in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

Up next for Ghana is Korea Republic on Monday at the Education City Stadium.



An African football Journalist with a passion for the beautiful game. He is also a freelance Sports Photographer and Graphic designer.


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