The match got off to a lively start, after only five minutes Ronaldo nearly scored when running down the right wing, from a crossing position he went for a powerful chip and hit the bar. It even looked like a cross when he first hit it, but with a second look you can see he is aiming for the goal all along.
Ronaldo went again close only thirteen minutes later when he headed down from a cross but it was straight at Fatawu Dauda who made a fine save to deny the Real Madrid man. He should have really scored.
Portugal managed to turn their dominance into a goal when João Moutinho showed some neat trickery doing keep ups on the edge of the Ghana box before passing to Miguel Veloso, who sent in a whipping cross to which John Boye wildly lashed it at to get the ball away. The ball came off his leg at an askew and ended up in the top right of his own goal.
At half-time both sides would’ve been disappointed with their play, even Portugal who could’ve been two or three up.
When play commenced Ghana started on the front foot, probing here and there. They then got their breakthrough, Kwadwo Asamoah delivered a superb ball with the outside of his boot from the left and Asamoah Gyan was there to head it in at the far post.
Ghana nearly doubled immediately, Gyan turned provider this time delivering a similar cross but Majeed Waris could only head wide. Could have been 2-1, should have been 2-1.
At this stage Germany were beating USA 1-0, Ghana only needed one and Portugal needed four.
Portugal kept pressing and found little luck for a long time. This was however until the 80th minute when Fatawu Dauda has to either catch the ball or knock it over the bar, instead flaps the ball to Ronaldo on the 6-yard-box. Big mistake, Ronaldo punishes Ghana by drilling low into the bottom right.
Portugal’s chances of qualifying looked bleak but Ronaldo could have doubled his tally when shooting again inside the box but hit it straight down Dauda’s throat and kept it at 2-1.
The game fizzled out with chances at both ends and Ronaldo could have had another two but volleyed over the bar for one and was denied yet again by Daudo for the other.
Portgual bowed out with a win, but their heavy loss against Germany proved dividend as USA beat them on goal difference. Ghana will no doubt be disappoint with their performances both on and off the field.