Mane Garrincha - Brasilia 26/06/2014 - 18:00CET (13:00 local time)

Final tournament - Group stage - Group G

Portugal - Ghana
2-1
 

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Portugal out despite Ronaldo winner

Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 20.00CET
Portugal 2-1 Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo's 50th international strike – his first at the FIFA World Cup – failed to prevent Portugal going out on goal difference.

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Portugal
Ghana

2

Goals scored

1

13

Total attempts

14

6

Attempts on target

4

6

off target

10

5

blocked

3

1

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

4

0

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

15

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

12

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Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:35 CET

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Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 20.00CET

Portugal out despite Ronaldo winner

Portugal 2-1 Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo's 50th international strike – his first at the FIFA World Cup – failed to prevent Portugal going out on goal difference.

Portugal are out of the FIFA World Cup despite a 2-1 victory against Ghana in Brasilia.

Paulo Bento's charges finish third in Group G, behind the United States – beaten 1-0 by section winners Germany on Thursday – on goal difference. The Selecção prevailed thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's 50th international effort, a strike that came after Asamoah Gyan had drawn Ghana level following John Boye's first-half own goal.

Ronaldo took little time to shrug off the injury concerns that had blighted his tournament, hitting the bar with a speculative cross-shot from the right after just six minutes. João Pereira, from the same flank, then supplied Ronaldo with a delightful cross but the Real Madrid CF man headed straight at goalkeeper Fatau Dauda from point-blank range.

Though Gyan soon threatened to put the African team ahead, Portugal custodian Beto was out quickly to smother. Dauda could make no such intervention at the other end soon after the half-hour, Boye inadvertently slicing Miguel Veloso's low cross from the left into his own net.

Gyan spurned further chances either side of the break but made no mistake on 57 minutes, nodding Kwadwo Asamoah's splendid delivery – that came via the outside of his left foot – past Beto. Gyan turned provider moments later and teed up Majeed Waris, whose stooping header was off target.

Ronaldo's most telling contribution came with ten minutes remaining. Nani, his former Manchester United FC team-mate, crossed from the left and Jonathan Mensah ballooned his defensive header in the air, allowing Ronaldo to fire in from close range after Dauda had failed to deal with the loose ball. Though Ronaldo went close three times in the closing stages, Portugal fell short.

Last updated: 26/06/14 20.54CET

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