Portugal bids World Cup farewell with triumph over Ghana and goal by Cristiano Ronaldo

26/06/2014 - 20:02
Ball D'or scored once in the 2-1 Portugal victory. Africans are also out

Portugal and Ghana played their last match for the 2014 World Cup FIFA Brazil today. The Portuguese beat the Africans by 2-1 at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium (Brasília) this Thursday (26 June), but the triumph was not enough to ensure qualification for the round of sixteen. Even with the United States defeated by Germany by 1-0, The North Americans still qualified over the Ghanaians on goal difference.

Star player Cristiano Ronaldo was the protagonist of the match. The Ball D'or scored his first and only goal in the World Cup, but lost at least three clear opportunities to ensure a higher goal difference. Voted man of the match, the Portuguese playmaker left the field with an impressive nine on-target finishes.

For the Africans, the defeat was even more devastating. When the game was tied at 1-1, a single goal by Ghana would have turned the tide of the group and qualified the Africans over the United States. But when they were at their best in the duel, the Ghanaians had their hopes buried by Christiano Ronaldo, who scored after goalkeeper Dauda fluffed the ball and sealed the Africans' fate.

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