World Cup 2022 top plays: Portugal leads Ghana, 3-2

The 2022 FIFA World Cup continue on Thursday with Portugal-Ghana coming down to the wire at Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Aboud, Qatar, and we’ve got you covered with every must-see moment from start to finish on FOX!

Earlier, Switzerland earned three points in Group G after taking care of Cameroon, winning 1-0 to open the day, while Uruguay and South Korea played to a scoreless draw in the day’s second match. Both teams picked up one point in Group H for their efforts.

You can watch this game and every game of the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks – the tournament’s official English-language broadcast partner in the US – and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can too stream full match replays for free on Tubi.

Here are the top plays.

Portugal vs Ghana

22′: Air Ronaldo arrives

Ronaldo had a chance to put Portugal ahead early with this header but he failed to connect. He did gain air in the process.

30′: Goal off

Ronaldo connected with the net on the half-hour mark, but the goal was immediately ruled out for a foul on Ghana defender Alexander Djiku. Likewise, things remained scoreless at halftime.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Ghana was overturned by a foul

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal against Ghana was overturned by a foul

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was ruled out by a wrong call in Portugal’s 2022 FIFA World Cup clash with Ghana during the 30th minute after a wrong call.

57′: See yellow

Things heated up quickly in the second half. André Ayew of Ghana received a yellow card in the 49th minute, followed by teammate Alidu Seidu who received a yellow card after contact with Portugal’s João Félix.

65′: Goal!

Ronaldo scored a penalty kick to put Portugal 1-0 up in the 65th minute.

With this goal, he became the first male player to score in five different FIFA World Cups.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal against Ghana in 62′

Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal against Ghana in 62'

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal for Portugal in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

73′: Ghana equalizes

Portugal’s lead was short-lived as Ayew connected with the net in the 73rd minute to level matters at 1-1.

Ghana’s André Ayew scores against Portugal in 73′

Ghana's André Ayew scores against Portugal in 73'

André Ayew’s second-half goal ties Portugal into the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

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78′: Portugal react

Félix, assisted by Bruno Fernandes, came up with a big goal in the second half to put Portugal back 2-1 up.

Portugal’s João Félix scores against Ghana in 77′

Portugal's João Félix scores against Ghana in 77'

João Félix scores a second-half goal against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

80′: All gas, no brake

Two minutes later, Rafael Leão scored one for Portugal after a quick break to extend their lead to 3-1.

Portugal’s Rafael Leão scores against Ghana in 80′

Portugal's Rafael Leão scores against Ghana in 80'

Rafael Leão scores a goal against Ghana in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

89′: Ghana keep it close

Ghanaian midfielder Osman Bukari closed the gap slightly in the last few minutes, 3-2, with a header.

Ghana’s Osman Bukari scores against Portugal in 89′

Ghana's Osman Bukari scores against Portugal in 89'

Osman Bukari scores a goal against Portugal in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

PRE-PROGRAMME:

Set the stage

All eyes were on Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo when he took the field on Thursday.

The 37-year-old sent shockwaves through the sports world this week when the news broke that he left his club, Manchester United, by mutual consentand that he was suspended and fined by the Football Association for two matches with whichever club he lands next. Ronaldo skipped his media duties as national team captain at the team’s official FIFA news conference on Thursday, but fans still poured in to support the star.

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History in the making

Ronaldo, who equaled the men’s record for playing in five different FIFA World Cups at Thursday’s start, became emotional as Portugal’s national anthem, “A Portuguesa,” blared through the stadium before all the action. A win on Thursday would mark Portugal’s first World Cup win in an opening game since 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo cries during Portugal’s national anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo cries during Portugal's national anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo tore during Portugal’s national anthem ahead of their match against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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