Group H: Uruguay drew with Korea, Portugal defeated Ghana


Doha – The players of Uruguay drew with South Korea in the opening match of Group H of the World Cup in Qatar. The players of Portugal beat Ghana 3:2 in their opening match at the World Cup. All five goals in the Group H duel came after an hour of play. In the 65th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot, who became the first in history to score at five World Cups.

Portugal defeated Ghana 3:2, Ronaldo became the first to score in five World Cups

The players of Portugal beat Ghana 3:2 in their opening match at the World Cup in Qatar. All five goals in the Group H duel came after an hour of play. In the 65th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot, who became the first in history to score at five World Cups. André Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute, but Joao Félix gave the 2016 European champions the lead five minutes later, before Rafael Leao added an insurance goal. In the 89th minute, another substitute player, Osman Bukari, reduced the score.

The Ghanaians lost to Portugal in the second match between them as well, they lost to the Southern European favorite in their previous match at the World Championship in 2014. The team from the Iberian Peninsula won the opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 2006 and after three failures.

The Portuguese lead the group after the first round. In the second match in Qatar, they will face Uruguay on Monday, while Ghana will face Korea. The first two teams from each group advance to the elimination phase.

“It went quite well for us, we scored goals at the right time. The spectators saw five goals, it was an attractive game. We won, that’s the most important thing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said in a televised interview.

The Portuguese team did not lack captain Ronaldo, who was mostly not part of Manchester United’s starting line-up in the fall, and on Tuesday he retired prematurely at the English club. The 37-year-old five-time winner of the Golden Ball could have scored immediately after 10 minutes, but he mishandled Otávio’s cross and failed to push the ball into the net over the running goalkeeper.

The Ghanaians, who as the 61st team in the FIFA ranking are the lowest-ranked participant in the championship, started with five defenders and did not let the favorite have many chances in the opening act. After half an hour, Ronaldo got the ball into the net, but the American referee had already whistled the Portuguese gunner for an attacking foul.

After the break, the Ghanaians increased their activity and in the 55th minute after the break, he fired a shot on the ground near Kudus. The Portuguese, who won 4-0 in Prague over the Czech Republic in the League of Nations in September, struggled at the start of the second half and only a penalty helped them take the lead. Salisu pushed Ronaldo in the box, referee Elfath ordered a penalty kick and the Portuguese captain himself opened the scoring in the 65th minute.

In addition to the ongoing championship, the star gunner also won the World Cups in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 and singled himself out from the four players who hit in four tournaments. At the same time, the Portuguese scored their 50th jubilee goal at the World Cup.

“It wasn’t a penalty, everyone saw that Salisu played the ball. Maybe they whistled it because it was against Ronaldo. It’s a mess. But I’m happy with how we got out of it,” said Ghanaian coach Otto Addo.

The European favorites pulled back after the lead and were soon punished by the outsider. At first, Kudus shot only at goalkeeper Costa, but in the 73rd minute he stretched into the penalty area and his pass to the small area was turned into an equalizer by André Ayew.

The Portuguese took the lead back in five minutes. In defense, Félix ran onto Fernandes’ cross and did not hesitate in front of the goalkeeper himself. After a while, after another quick action on the offside line, the substitute Leao also made his mark, scoring his first goal in the national A-team after three minutes on the pitch. Assisted again by Fernandes, playing his 50th international match.

“We won, but it was very difficult. The whole first half was about conquering, I personally couldn’t get into the game at all. It was better in the second half, in the end we came through and won,” said Félix.

The Portuguese seemed to be calmly heading for victory. But in the 89th minute, substitute Bukari headed in from the center from close range, and at the end of the nine-minute setup, the Ghanaians were not far from a shocking equalizer. Williams took the ball from the inattentive goalkeeper Costa during a pass from behind, but then slipped when trying to finish.

“We had a clear game plan that worked for a while. We were solid, but then the penalty changed the whole game. On the other hand, it didn’t put us down. We managed to get back into the game, we scored two goals and could even equalize. I’m happy about that , the performance we showed. We can build on it in the next matches,” said André Ayew.

Uruguay drew goalless with Korea

Uruguay’s footballers drew with South Korea in the opening match of Group H of the World Cup in Qatar. At the Education City stadium in Doha, no goal was scored and the Asian team did not lose for the first time in their third match against each other at the world championships. The Portuguese will also enter the championship today with the star Cristiano Ronaldo, which awaits Ghana. The Portuguese captain can become the first player to score in five different championships.

Uruguay did not extend their five-game winning streak in the group stage of the World Cup, but did not concede for the fifth time in a row. In the next round, the South Americans will face Portugal on Monday. Korea to face Ghana.

Captain Son Hung-min, who had to undergo surgery three weeks ago due to a fractured eye socket, was not missing from the Korean starting line-up. The Tottenham gunner played with a protective mask and stayed on the pitch for the entire match. “Fortunately, my injury was not that serious in the end, I recovered in time,” the 30-year-old striker told reporters after the match.

Second captain Diego Godín, at the age of 36 years and 281 days, became the oldest Uruguayan footballer to play at the World Cup.

A cautious first half on both sides did not offer many scoring opportunities. Hwang I-cho, who played his 50th national team match, threatened for the first time after half an hour, but he shot over from a promising position in the box. Godín had the best chance shortly before the break, whose header from a corner ended up on the post.

Valverde also hit the goal structure at the end of the game with a shot from 20 meters, otherwise the picture of the game did not change even in the second half. Neither team registered a shot between the three posts in the statistics, which happened for the first time at the World Cup this century.

“We had a hard time getting into the match. We didn’t manage to create chances and had to make up for it with combativeness. We gradually improved, but today we lacked precision,” Godín assessed.

The Koreans improved their negative balance with the quarter-finalists of the last championship and did not lose to them for the second time in a row. “The first half was better from us than the second. We played organized and aggressive enough. Uruguay has a good team, but we showed that we are not afraid of anyone,” boasted coach Paulo Bento.

Group H:

Uruguay – Korea 0:0

Referees: Turpin – Danos, Gringore – Brisard (video, all Fr.). ŽK: Cáceres – Cho Ku-song, Bento (coach). Spectators: 41,663.

Assemblies:

Uruguay: Rochet – Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Olivera (79. Viňa) – Bentancur, Vecino (79. De La Cruz), Valverde – Pellistri (88. Varela), Suarez (64. Cavani), Nusz. Trainer: Alonso.

Korea: Kim Sung-kyu – Kim Mun-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Jong-kwon, Kim Jin-su – Hwang In-pom, Jeong U-jong I – Son Hung-min, I Jae-song (74. Son Chon -ho), Na Sang-ho (74. I Kang-in) – Hwang I-cho (74. Cho Ku-song). Coach: Bento.

Portugal – Ghana 3:2 (0:0)

Goals: 65. Ronaldo from pen., 78. Félix, 80. Leao – 73. A. Ayew, 89. Bukari. Referees: Elfath – Atkins, Parker – Villarreal (video, all USA). ŽK: Danilo Pereira, Fernandes – Kudus, A. Ayew, Seidu, Williams. Spectators: 42,662.

Assemblies:

Portugal: Costa – Cancelo, Dias, Danilo Pereira, Guerreiro – Neves (77. Leao) – B. Silva (88. Palhinha), Otávio (56. Carvalho) – Fernandes, Ronaldo (88. Ramos), Félix (88. Mário). Trener: Santos.

Ghana: Ati-Zigi – Seidu (66. Lamptey), Amartey, Djiku, Salisu (90.+2 Semenyo), Baba – Party, Abdul Samed (90.+2 Kyereh), Kudus (77. Bukari) – A. Ayew (77). .J. Ayew), Williams. Trainer: Addo.

Table:

1. Portugal 1 1 0 0 3:2 3
2. Korea 1 0 1 0 0:0 1
Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0:0 1
4. Ghana 1 0 0 1 2:3 0

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