Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and made history. The Portuguese striker became the first male player to score five World Cup goals with a 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
Following a tell-all interview at Manchester United just days after his contract expired, he let his scoring do the talking in what is possibly his final World Cup start.
Ronaldo said, ‘It was a beautiful moment. “World record, the only player to score in five World Cups, [it] I feel very proud.
He has now scored in every World Cup since his debut in 2006, when a penalty against Iran started his goalscoring run in the tournament. He has also scored a world record 118 goals in international games for Portugal.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, “I think Cristiano is a phenomenon, a legend.” “In 50 years, we will continue to talk about him.”
Ronaldo finished the match with his head in his hands in utter relief after a clever ninth-minute stoppage time almost snatched a draw for Ghana.
In the final action of the game, Ghana striker Ianaki Williams hid behind Diogo Costa as the Portuguese goalkeeper rolled the ball down the ground and prepared to clear it. Williams picked off Costa and, despite slipping, was able to push the ball towards goal.
Portugal defender Danilo raced in and slotted the ball away as Ronaldo, who was sitting in the dugout after being substituted, looked on in disbelief.
Meanwhile, a superb acrobatic kick was followed by an easy tap-in from close range as Richardson scored both goals in Brazil’s 2–0 win over Serbia.
He turned his back to goal when he used one touch to bring the ball up in the air near the penalty spot, then turned around and ground before firing the ball into the net with his right foot in the 73rd minute. jumped from
Richardson, playing his first World Cup, said, ‘My childhood dream has come true. “We knew it would be difficult to get past them. I’m used to playing against defensive teams like this in England. I wanted to take advantage of the chances I had and I did.”
In the other Group G match, Switzerland beat Cameroon 1–0, leaving them behind Brazil in second place. In Group H, the match between Uruguay and South Korea ended in a 0–0 draw.