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Soccer News of Friday, 25 November 2022


World Cup: Ghana legend Gyan disagrees with Portugal's penalty call

Asamoah Gyan Asamoah Gyan

Ghana Black Stars legend Asamoah Gyan has protested against the penalty decision that resulted in Portugal's 3-2 win against Ghana in their World Cup opener.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot in the 65th minute to give the Selecao the lead after a cagey first half.

Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu clashed with Ronaldo in Ghana's penalty area in what looked like a 50-50 challenge, but referee Ismail Elfath from the USA pointed to the spot.

The Black Stars players protested the decision, but the referee refused to consult the VAR.

Gyan, who was on duty as a pundit for Super Sport during the game described the challenge on Ronaldo as soft.

“The penalty for me… I don’t agree, in my opinion because it was just a soft touch. Although Ronaldo was a bit earlier, it wasn’t a touch that could be a penalty. The referee should have at least checked the video assistant referee and made his decision. For me, I think it was too soft.”

Despite the defeat, the 37-year-old hailed the never-say-die spirit of the Black Stars after a spirited performance against the 2016 Euro champions.

“The change came in too early. Although Dede Ayew got the goal, he was visibly exhausted before then, but after scoring, he and the man of the moment, Kudu were taken off which I disagree with a bit. But at the end of the day, the players stepped up to the plate. I think the second half is the best we have seen in this competition so far,” Gyan added.

Ghana will face South Korea in their next encounter on Monday, November 28.