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Ronaldo scores but Portugal and Ghana are both eliminated

Posted: 26 June 2014 Time: 17:25

Portugal get the better of the Ghanaians, but the result means little as both teams are eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Portugal and Ghana were both eliminated after A Seleccao beat the Black Stars 2-1 in their final Group G fixture, with Ronaldo netting his first and only goal of the World Cup campaign in Brazil.

The match got off to a positive start with both sides looking to find the opening goal. Portugal had a good chance of doing so in the 5th minute, when Ronaldo charged down the right flank and delivered a cross-come-shot which ricocheted off the Ghanaian cross-bar.

Ronaldo had another opportunity five minutes later through a free-kick just outside of the Ghanaian area, but his strike was dealt with by goalkeeper Dauda as he palmed out the dipping ball for a corner.

Plenty of fouls in the midfield made for a frustrating stop-start in action for both teams, but the referee controlled things well. Ghana had their first opportunity in the 23rd minute from a free-kick on the right flank, whcih was well taken, but Gyan failed to connect well with the ball and the looping header was easily collected by Beto.

Ghana were extremly unfortunate on the half hour mark, when a cross from Miguel Verloso on the lleft came awkwardly to John Boye, and the defender's attemted clearance instead got the beating of Dauda and went into his own net.The goal was a big blow for The Black Stars, and rattled the team somewhat as they attempted to attack without exposing their defense too much.

The two sides went into the break with plenty to discuss as Portugal needed at least three more goals to extinguish their negative goal difference, and Ghana needed to turn the score around completely.

The half-time pep-talk from coach Appiah seemed to have sparked some urgency in the Ghanaians as Asamoah Gyan lead the team to pressurise the Portuguese deep in their own half. The high pressure almost paid off when Gyan forced Beto into a mistimed clearance which went out for a throw-in.

Ghana seemed to have sort their defense out as well, with Boye and Afful doing well to keep Ronaldo, Eder and Nani at bay. 

Gyan again led the Black Stars attack, and had a good opportunity in 53rd minute, unleashing a powerful low shot which went narrowly wide of Beto's goal. The chances were coming, and Ghana looked poised to find the equaliser soon.

Just five minutes later and Ghana made their momentum count, with Asamoah doing well down the left flank, picking out Gyan at the back post, who did well to keep his composure and head home for the much-needed Ghanaian equaliser.

Gyan was again in the thick of things four minutes later, when he turned goal-scorer to provider, with a lovely cross in search of Waris, but the strikers header was mishit and did not trouble Beto in the Portuguese goal at all.

With matters level, and win for both sides crucial, the match opened up a litltle as the teams went in search of a leading goal. Ghana needed one after news filtered through that Germany had taken the lead against the USA, but it would leave them vulnerable at the back.

Ronaldo capatalised on the defensive frailties of the Ghanaians and finally broke his 2014 World Cup duck, to give Portugal the lead in the 80th minute. Portugal needed much more than that, but with only 10 mins to go they seemed to have accepted their fate.

Ghana couldn't get the better of Pepe and co. either, and the match closed out to end 2-1 in favour of A Seleccaowith Ronaldo's goal meaning little in the wake of Portugal's elimination - their first ever exit from a World Cup group stage.

Germany finished top of Group G, with USA ending in second, topping Portugal on goal difference, and Ghana bottom of the group with just one point from their three matches.

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

Livefyre comments on this story...

Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2014-06-26 16:19:38

I want Ghana to win this one 3-1 but I want them to concede a stupid goal to embarrass that Kakaniya!

thephefeni
posted: 2014-06-26 16:27:18

WHERE IS THAT STUPID INYANGA FROM GHANA, RONALDO IN THE STARTING LINE UP

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-26 17:02:13

The only player who is doing best in the field is Dauda. He denied Ronaldo point blank. Show them what you learnt from Senzo, chana!

Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2014-06-26 17:17:07

Ronaldo's body language says that he just wants to get this over & done with, he doesn't want to play for Portugal!

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-26 17:42:10

One thing about Africans...they cant soak pressure and defend successfully. Bloody morons!

Lavista4Life
posted: 2014-06-26 17:46:04

Red hot black n white he just gave ronaldo a gift goal, very poor. y cudnt he jump nd catch d ball nxa

Backpage
posted: 2014-06-26 17:53:29

Thought that Sangoma i mean Mr aka four dogs said Ronaldo won't play not even talking of scoring but guess what Ronaldo scored against his country.

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-26 17:55:17

Sies! African teams...Ska mpotsa ka nyoso!

sbhamu
posted: 2014-06-26 18:07:25

akuna bantu kulo Dauda wakhona siyathuswa nje.....

Backpage
posted: 2014-06-26 18:32:31

When your are much influenced by European when they go out you go out 2. England, Italy and Spain are out so follow African country we copy them when they fail we fail

mgogo
posted: 2014-06-26 18:38:10

Muntari

Beerginner
posted: 2014-06-26 19:36:16

That Pirates keeper showed mediocrity celebrating like that just for making a safe and then give Ronaldo a goal. Is he learning this shit from senzo?

shihambahamba mboweni
posted: 2014-06-26 19:57:52

I now understand why Dauda played 2nd fiddle to Senzo @ BUCS,he's just an average keeper.

Downsbynature
posted: 2014-06-26 21:05:50

What a pass by Dauda to CR7....thank you Dauda now all the Messi fans will get off CR7's back.....

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-27 04:14:46

I didn't understand before why Dauda warms the bench at Bucs; he destroyed the spirit of Ghanaians. They were looking kill the game and he gave Ron a gift... Perhaps the witchcraft backfired, phela UBUTHAKATHI abubuyiseli.

KCisCoachLess
posted: 2014-06-27 07:34:38

Where is Phil Masinga who said Ronaldo will be top scorer in this world cup...?

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