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Portugal manages to edge out underdog Ghana 3-2 at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The goals for the winning team were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao

DOHA, November 24. /TASS/. The national team of Portugal defeated the squad of Ghana 3-2 on Thursday night during the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The match was played at the Stadium 974 in Doha in front of a crowd of over 42,660.

The goals for the winning team were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty kick in the 65th minute), Joao Felix (the 78th minute) and Rafael Leao (the 80th minute).

The goals by Ghana were scored by Andre Ayew (the 73rd minute) and Osman Bukari (89th minute).

Portugal’s 37-year-old striker Ronaldo became the first player ever to score at least one goal in five FIFA World Cups. In all, he has scored eight goals beginning with the 2006 World Cup edition.

"Ronaldo, who had twice come close to scoring in the first half as well as having an effort ruled out for a foul, earned a penalty in the second half and rifled the spot-kick into the top corner of the net to break the deadlock and become the first male player to score in five World Cups," the official FIFA website said in a statement after the match.

Brazil’s Pele, Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose and Argentina’s Lionel Messi have each scored in four World Cups.

2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 20 and December 18 at eight stadiums in five cities across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Al Rayyan.

The eight host stadiums are: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, and Al Janoub Stadium.

The coveted World Cup Trophy will be hoisted by one of 32 teams divided into eight groups. The group stage matches run across numerous fields in Qatar between November 20 and December 2 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.

Qatar won the right to host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. The championship kicked off last Sunday with a picturesque ceremony and the subsequent opening match between host Qatar and Ecuador, which ended 2-0 in favor of Ecuador.

In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December of 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with - Qatar National Day. The objective, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.

The previous FIFA World Cup was hosted by Russia in 2018. The championship took place at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia, namely in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

On July 15, 2018, during an official ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed the baton for the FIFA World Cup’s host country to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.