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Live Reporting

Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye


    It's time to wrap this up. What a game!

    Don't forget there is another match to come and kick-off between Brazil and Serbia is half an hour away. You can follow that here.

    Read Shamoon Hafez's report of Portugal's five-goal thriller against Ghana here.

    And click here for all the very latest from the World Cup.

    I'm going for a lie-down in a dark room!

    Until next time...

  2. Watch: Bukari gives Ghana hope

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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    Video caption: Bukari gives Ghana hope

    Osman Bukari is the first Crvena Zvezda player to score a World Cup goal since Ghana's Haminu Dramani in 2006.

  3. Get Involved

    Text 81111 (UK only - standard message rates apply)

    SMS Message: I can't imagine too many neutrals will want Portugal to do well in this World Cup with all their ridiculous theatrics, embarrassing. from Neal
  4. Watch: Leao seals win for Portugal

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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    Video caption: Rafael Leao seals win for Portugal

    Rafael Leao scored his first goal for Portugal in his 12th appearance.

  5. Get Involved

    Via What's App on 03301231826

    SMS Message: For those who criticise Ronaldo its worth remembering that he is has the 5th most assists of all time and 41 for Portugal. Added to his 118 goals makes 159 international goal involvements, integral part of Portugal winning their first ever international tournament. Why does he need to track back? There's 10 other players for that.. teamwork. from Sean, Cambridge.
    Sean, Cambridge.
  6. Watch: Felix restores Portugal's lead

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana


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    Video caption: Joao Felix restores Portugal lead

    Portugal have won their opening game at a World Cup finals for the first time in four attempts (D2 L1). In addition, Portugal’s victory marked their fifth successive game without defeat against African sides at the World Cup (W4 D1).

  7. 'Portugal can go far'

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    Jose Fonte

    Portugal defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I believe this will calm everyone down a little bit.

    Portugal will go into the next game with a bit more confidence and they will analyse the good and the bad.

    We need to be more solid defensively and getting everybody back into shape because there was too much space in the second half. Portugal made a few unforced errors.

    If they can improve on that they will always create chances and have goals in the team. If they do that, they will have a great chance in the competition.

  8. Watch: Ayew's equaliser for Ghana

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

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    Video caption: Andre Ayew brings Ghana level

    Ghana are winless in their last five matches at the World Cup (D2 L3), while the Black Stars have lost three of their four opening games at the tournament (W1).

  9. Old & young

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana


    Ronaldo has become the third player to be both a country's oldest and youngest goalscorer at the World Cup, along with Croatia's Ivica Olic and Denmark's Michael Laudrup (among sides to have more than one goalscorer at the tournament).

  10. Watch: Ronaldo makes history

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    Video caption: Ronaldo gives Portugal lead from penalty spot

    This was the moment Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at five different World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).

  11. 'Most important was the three points'

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    Jose Fonte

    Former Portugal defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It got very nervy and it ended up being a strange game. Portugal's game management and decision-making in the second half could have been better. There were a few mistakes that they normally didn't make.

    I liked the reaction after they scored the first goal but after that it could have ended as a draw.

    I'm sure they will look back, analyse it and improve for the next one. The first game is always hard and the most important thing was to take the three points.

  12. 'Big players making strange choices'

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    Matthew Upson

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    There was so much going on. We spoke at half-time saying this game needed to change and the second half probably was a lot more how I expected it to go.

    I didn't expect though how when Portugal went 3-1 up they weren't solid and their big players made some really strange choices.

    Ghana very nearly got their rewards.

  13. Day to remember for Ronaldo

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    What a day for Cristiano Ronaldo. He's the first player to score at five different World Cups as Portugal win their first match of a World Cup for the first time since a 1-0 win against Angola in 2006.

  14. 'A theatrical end'

    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    Matthew Upson

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    The look on Cristiano Ronaldo's face when Danilo Pereira has to clear that off the line. - it's heart-in-mouth stuff. There were so many little errors in game management and what to do with the ball.

    It was a bizarre, theatrical end to the game.

    We weren't expecting that as the first half was very dull.

    Portugal have won the game but were far from convincing.

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    FT: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    A miserable first half replaced by a second 45 dripping in drama.

    Portugal are up and running. Ghana gave it a good go in the end but must respond against South Korea on Monday.


    Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    And breathe.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
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    Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    What. On. Earth.

    Play goes on and Portugal almost hand an equaliser on a plate to Ghana.

    The keeper doesn't see Inaki Williams and lets go of the ball inside the box but Williams slips at the crucial moment.

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    Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    If only Ghana had played like this in the first half...

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    Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    Ghana attacks first half v Portugal.

    Look at the difference in the volume of Ghana attacks between the first half (above) and the second (below).

    Why didn't they give it more of a go before the break? Just wanted to stay in it maybe?

    Ghana second half attacking thirds vs Portugal.
  20. Post update

    Portugal 3-2 Ghana

    That's close!

    Osman Bukari let's fly and it lands on the roof of the net.

    Is that's Ghana's last chance?