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2022 FIFA World Cup: Portugal edge out Ghana in a five goal thriller to go top of Group H Featured

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Portugal edge out Ghana 3-2 in a fascinating Group H encounter at the Stadium 974, with all five goals recorded in the second half.

As expected, Portugal begun as the dominant side, taking control of the game in terms of possession with no any dangerous incursions.

The Selecao given a corner kick on the 4th minute, Guerrero's delivery was headed out by Amartey but Otavio's follow up shot was wide.

Just four minutes after, Ghana with their first attempt on goal after Alidu Seidu broke on the right but his cross to locate Inaki Williams was too long.
Cristiano Ronaldo nearly jumped into the lead after nine minutes but his effort was stopped by Ati Zigi. Huge stop for the St Gallen goalie.
Jao Felix sets up Ronaldo who bullied Djiku to have full control  and plotted into the net but was penalized for a foul.
In the second half, the Black Stars returned on a higher note, having pushed more men upfront in search for a goal. Alidu Seidu made a great run and sent in a cross at far post but to nobody in particular.
Another Ghana build up resulted into a corner kick but the delivery was subsequently checked by the Portugal backline.
Kudus Mohammed turned Ruben Neves on the 54th minute, made a blistering run towards opposition area to send in a ground shot but missed the post by inches. That was close!
On the 62nd minute, Cristiano Ronaldo was played through with a fine pass and collided with Mohammed Salisu which subsequently earned Portugal a penalty. 
Ronaldo elected himself for the kick and went for a power to put Portugal in front.
Ghana with a quick response in search for leveller after Thomas Partey made a good run from midfield but his strike was too wide beyond goal and went out for a restart.
Kudus Mohammed makes another great serging run and launched a strong hit but was piled by Diogo Costa.
On the 72nd minute, Andre Ayew finally got Ghana back on level with a close range tap in from Kudus Mohammed.
Quick response from Portugal who scored just five minutes after, through Jao Felix after collecting a decent pass from Bruno Fernandes 
On the 79th minute, Rafael Leao sealed the win with a close range finish from another Bruno Fernandes assist.
Osman Bukari pulled one back ok the 88th minute after heading into the net from Baba Rahman's cross to make it 3-2 and that's how it ended
Portugal have now moved to the top of Group H with 3 points, following Uruguay and South Korea draw earlier today.
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