Ghana coach Otto Addo complained bitterly about the officiating in his side’s 3-2 defeat by Portugal in the World Cup on November 24 and said Cristiano Ronaldo's history-making goal was a gift from the referee.
Ronaldo won, and then converted, a 65th minute penalty to hand Portugal the lead -- and become the first man to score at five World Cups -- as they went onto win their Group H game.
However, Addo felt the American referee Ismail Elfath had made the wrong call.
“I think it was a really wrong decision, we were playing the ball … I don’t know why Var did not come up, there was no explanation for it,” said Addo about a soft penalty award after Ronaldo went down following minimal shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Mohammed Salisu.
“It was a wrong decision. It was actually a foul against us,” Addo complained.
Ghana World Cup 2022 squad
Goalkeepers: Ibraham Danlad, Abdul Manaf Nurudeen, Lawrence Ati Zigi
Defenders: Denis Odoi, Tariq Lamptey, Alidu Seidu, Abdul-Rahman Baba, Gideon Mensah, Alexander Djiku, Mohammed Salisu, Daniel Amartey, Joseph Aidoo
Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Elisha Owusu, Salis Abdul Samed, Andre Ayew, Mohammed Kudus, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh
Strikers: Jordan Ayew, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Issahaku Abdul Fatawu, Osman Bukari, Kamal Sowah, Inaki Williams, Antoine Semenyo, Daniel Barnieh Afriyie
Who is Ghana's star man?
Mohammed Kudus was targeted for a move to Everton during the summer transfer window, with a rumoured £13m price tag. Unwilling to let the midfielder leave after Antony's departure for Manchester United, Ajax demurred, which proved a uniquely wise decision by the Dutch club. In Ghana's defeat to Portugal Kudus was the highest rated player by Telegraph Sport readers.
What are Ghana's results and fixtures?
November 24: Portugal 3 Ghana 2
November 28: South Korea vs Ghana
December 2: Ghana vs Uruguay
What is Ghana's World Cup record?
Ghana qualified for the World Cup finals in 2006, 2010, and 2014, achieving their highest finish in South Africa. The Black Stars played Uruguay in the quarter-finals, and were widely considered to have been hoodwinked out of a matchwinner by Luis Suarez handling the ball on the goal line.
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Ghana are currently a best price of 650/1 to win the World Cup.