Expert FIFA World Cup analysts said Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a “genius” penalty kick for Portugal in their 3-2 win over Ghana at the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo became the first soccer player to score in five World Cup finals on Thursday.
The 37-year-old converted a controversial penalty kick after the referee ruled he was brought down by Ghana defender Mohamed Salisu.
Ghana coach Otto Addo claimed it was a “special gift” to Portugal after the match.
FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) held a media briefing in Doha, at which they claimed that this year’s World Cup is on track for a record number of penalty kicks.
Maybe attackers are getting smarter?
“If you look at the penalty that Ronaldo got, people can say what they want about this guy, but intelligence and genius thinking is just about being patient and waiting for that split second to touch the ball first in front of you, and keep going at my leg,” said the former Colombia goalkeeper and TSG member. , Fred Monragon, “Until your contact hits my feet, that’s pure genius.
Nine penalties have been awarded in the first 16 matches.
At this rate, the World Cup is on track for a record 36 matches in the 64-match tournament.
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