Ghana coach Otto Addo was disappointed with the penalty awarded to Portugal in Thursday’s thrilling Group H clash in Doha.
Portugal’s first goal came as a result of the contentious decision, which Otto Addo believes led to Ghana’s defeat in the opening match of the ongoing 2022 World Cup.
Moroccan-born American referee Ismail Elfath ruled in the 63rd minute that Mohammed Salisu fouled Ronaldo in the box, despite television replays showing otherwise. Despite strong requests from Ghana players, the referee refused to consult the VAR monitor.
“The referee awarded a penalty that was not a penalty, everyone saw it. “I asked if I could speak to the ref and was told he’s in a meeting and it’s not possible,” Otto Addo said.
"It wasn't a penalty."
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Ronaldo’s goal put Portugal ahead, but Ghana’s fighting spirit paid off when Andre Ayew equalised. While Ghanaians were still celebrating, Portugal scored through Joao Felix, and it soon became 3-1 for the Europeans.
Substitute Osman Bukari gave Ghana hope with a close-range header, setting up a tense finish at the Stadium 974.
Ghana will look to bounce back against South Korea in their second game on Monday, November 28.