Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the World Cup, but this winning strike against Ghana was not enough to ensure Portugal progressed to the next phase of the competition. Ghana also leave Brazil, with Germany and the USA reaching the second round.
Six goal swing
Portugal required a six goal swing to qualify for the last 16 ahead of USA, but were able to win by just a single strike, while Germany clinched victory over Jurgen Klinsmann’s side courtesy of Thomas Muller’s solitary goal.
Own goal and spurned chance
Ronaldo and his team were able to get ahead in the first half to offer themselves hope, with John Boye inadvertently turning into his own net in quite spectacular fashion. Boye, who had earlier in day been spotted kissing a wad of cash, was bamboozled by a Miguel Velso cross, which he then proceeded to knee over his own head and into the top corner.
Prior to this Ronaldo had spurned a glorious chance to place his team in front, but his header was repelled Fatawu Dauda when the Real Madrid superstar ought to have converted the chance with relative ease.
Too little too late
While this mistake was quickly forgotten following Boye’s error, the focus turned back to Ronaldo when Asamoah Gyan restored parity, and with it became the most prolific scorer for Ghana in World Cup football.
Ronaldo, of course, was involved again later in the second-half, and on this occasion was able to act far more decisively as he smacked the ball into the bottom corner after Dauda had failed to get adequate distance with his clearance.
This goal came with only 10 minutes remaining placing Portugal firmly up against it, and they were unable to hold up their end of the bargain, meaning scoreline in the Germany-USA game became redundant.