It’s a long, uninteresting match that accelerated in the second half and almost led to an outcome that was as crazy as it was witty. We play ten minutes of stoppage time, a feature of this World Cup in Qatar, in the second half of the match between Portugal and Ghana on Thursday. We are heading for success with a 3-2 win of the 2016 European champions, whose star Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to score in five World Cups, and Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa is about to kick the ball out of his box.
But the porter of FC Porto does not see the Ghanaian striker Inaki Williams, who remained crouched behind him. And when Diogo Costa calmly puts the ball on the ground, believing that he alone can play on foot, the Athletic Bilbao player emerges and passes in front of him to intercept the ball. To everyone’s surprise, and in the noise of the 974 stadium in Doha.
Alas, Williams slips and spreads across the lawn. The Black Stars centre-forward gets up and regains control of the ball in front of Diogo Costa, but Manchester City’s Portuguese defender Rubén Dias lunges to counter him and sends the ball towards his goal. Ghana demands a penalty, but Danilo Pereira of Paris knocks the ball out and the danger is very far from his goal. On the bench, Cristiano Ronaldo breathed a sigh of relief. Portugal just came close to a draw.
With this success, only the Portuguese took the lead in Group H, where Uruguay and South Korea went 0-0 up earlier on Thursday. Portugal will look to prove their success on Monday night against the South Americans who eliminated them in the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.