Portugal bow out with a win

Portugal bow out with a win

It was the kind of day that the world’s best player, Cristiano Ronaldo would like to forget. It was up to him to thrust his country forward and win by a big goal difference against Ghana to qualify for the next round. Unfortunately for him, the Real Madrid star could not convert the chances he got; he could have scored a hat-trick if he had been in the same form as he was for his club during the past season. Alas! It was not his day and we can’t blame him, he is still a human being. Adding to that, the support from his teammates was also poor as they failed to deliver the ball in to the box. Even the Ghanaian players were all over him, as soon as he got the ball Ronaldo was surrounded by white shirts leaving him no option but to pass the ball to his teammates.

Portugal was playing Ghana, a side which had been stricken by internal revolt as two of its players namely Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng were sent home due to verbal and physical abuse on FA officials. But the European side could not take advantage of a side missing two of its best players. And, Ronaldo certainly can’t be blamed for the mishaps, he is used to playing against the best in the world at Real Madrid and here he was playing against Eden who had a poor touch on the ball each time he got close to the Brazuca. There was no quality in the Portuguese side and neutral spectators certainly won’t miss them, maybe except Ronaldo who showcased a new haircut, yet again.

The game started out at a good pace, with both teams attacking their opponent’s goal. The Black Stars had to change the course of recent history if they were to qualify. No African team had scored against Portugal in World Cup finals since 1986 and a Ghanaian player did score, unfortunately for Portugal. Miguel Veloso’s cross was hacked over his own goalkeeper by the flailing leg of John Boye, leaving Portugal 1 up in the 31st minute. The Portuguese team were constantly trying to pitch the ball to Ronaldo expecting some magic, but the Ghanaian players had a strategy, as soon as he got the ball four defenders surrounded him, giving him no space to showcase his talent. As things turned worse for the Portuguese in the 51st minute when a sumptuous ball by K. Asamoah was met with Asamoah Gyan’s head, the veteran equalizing for his country. We all remember him for his missed penalty kick in stoppage time against Uruguay in the last edition’s quarter final, they were cheated by Suarez but this time it was a fair clash. Still, Ghana had a much better chance of qualifying; one more goal would have been enough. Indeed, in the efforts of Asamoah, Atsu and Ayew there was real possibility. The spirit that they showed playing against Germany was not to be forgotten. The team was determined to do their best to ooze their way into the round of 16.

But their hearts were broken by the so-far not so convincing Cristiano Ronaldo as he gave his team a stick to hold on to while their ship was sinking. The keeper serving the ball on a silver platter, Cristiano scored his first goal of the tournament, finally. Both teams had an equal chance of qualifying, but the players disappointed not only the spectators in the stadium but their country as well. In the end, it was a good game of football but unyielding for either of the teams.


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While in the other Group G match, Thomas Mueller scored his 9th World Cup goal in only his 9th World Cup match which eventually turned out to be the sole goal of the match giving the Germans a 1-0 victory. USA and Germany have both qualified for the next round and will be going against Belgium and Algeria respectively.

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