Former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan feels that Cristiano Ronaldo benefited from a questionable call for his penalty goal against Ghana In their 2022 World Cup Group H game at the Stadium 974.
Jao Felix and Raphael Leao scored for Portugal in a 3-2 victory over the frantic opponent after Andre Ayew had canceled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s first penalty spot.
Osman Bukhari headed in a late second goal for Ghana, but the Portuguese held on for a nervy win against the team that raised the hope of Africans.
Asamoah Gyan, who was a pundit for SuperSport TV during the game, questioned the penalty call for being too soft.
The penalty for me… I don’t agree, in my opinion because it was just a soft touch. Although Ronaldo was a bit earlier, it wasn’t a touch that could be a penalty. The referee should have at least checked the video assistant referee and made his decision. For me, I think it was too soft.”
The former Sunderland striker wasn’t visibly disappointed with his compatriots’ performances, and he didn’t fail to salute their never say die spirit against the Portuguese while he also pointed out the moment that changed the complexion of the game after Ghana equalized.
“The change came in too early. Although Dede Ayew got the goal, he was visibly exhausted before then, but after scoring, he was the man of the moment, Kudus were taken off which I disagree with a bit. But at the end of the day, the players stepped up to the plate. I think the second half is the best we have seen in this competition so far,” Gyan concluded.
Asamoah Gyan also praised Black Stars captain Dede Ayew for his outstanding performance against the Portuguese team. “I think he is the man for the big occasions. (24) goals and he’s not even a center forward, I think that is impressive.”
The Black Stars are at the bottom of Group H and will want to reignite their campaign against South Korea on Monday before meeting Uruguay in their final group encounter on Friday, December 2.
Cristiano Ronaldo Sets New Record Following Portugal Win Against Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo sets a new and unmatched record in the competition in Portugal’s opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Calling him legendary is definitely not far fetched as the Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, with his first goal against Ghana in the Group H opener.
Ronaldo has now became the first and only player to score in five consecutive World Cups, in 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022.