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Ronaldo relishes ‘lovely second’ after breaking Worl…

It’s a ravishing second in my fifth World Cup,” Ronaldo toutdated reporters. “We gained. We began on foot. It’s a vital win. We all know in these competitions the primary match is prime.

“It’s one other file too,” he mentioned. “That makes me very proud. I’m very completely happy for the staff to have placed on wonderful performance. It was tough, however we deserved to win.”

Requested about his acrimonious departure from Manchester United this week, Ronaldo mentioned the one factor that counted was Portugal’s win“All the remaining, it doesn’t matter,” he added.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos hailed his 37-year-old captain who gained a second-half penalty and transformed it himself to open the scoring in opposition to Ghana.

“I feel Cristiano is a phenomenon, a legend,” Santos instructed reporters. “In 50 years’ time, we’ll nonetheless be speaking about him.”

Ronaldo was substituted within the 88th minute to a rousing reception round Stadium 974 in Doha in the beginning of what’s prone to be his final World Cup.

Santos rebuffed solutions by his Ghanaian reverse quantity Otto Addo that the penalty choice was incorrect – given for a shove by defender Mohammed Salisu – and may have been reviewed by US referee Ismail Elfath through the VAR system.

“If the VAR tells the referee that he has to take a look, he’ll take a look,” he mentioned. “If the VAR didn’t name over the referee, it’s as a result of they watched the photographs and there was nothing to see.”

Santos, in command of Portugal since 2014 and who led them to the 2016 European Championship title, mentioned the sport had its “highs and lows” for Portugal and he was sad about conceding two objectives.

“Now now we have to look and see what occurred with the gamers and reply to it,” he mentioned.

Portugal, which high Group H, face Uruguay – which drew 0-0 with South Korea on Thursday – of their subsequent match on Monday.

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