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Asamoah Gyan: Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty vs Ghana soft

Former Ghana striker, Asamoah Gyan, has faulted match referee for the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo converted against Ghana in the 3-2 World Cup defeat on Thursday.

Former Ghana striker, Asamoah Gyan, has faulted match referee for the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo converted against Ghana in the 3-2 World Cup defeat on Thursday.

In the Group H fixture at Stadium 974, Rass Abu AbAsamoah Gyan, a former Ghanaian striker, has criticised the referee for the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo scored in Portugal’s 3-2 World Cup win over Ghana on Thursday.

Ronaldo scored a penalty kick in the 65th minute of the Selecao’s match against Ghana at Stadium 974 in Rass Abu Aboud to give his team the lead.

Ronaldo went down in the box after being tackled by Mohammed Salisu, leading to the penalty award.

After being down 1-0, the Black Stars’ Andre Ayew scored an equaliser, and then Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored for a 3-1 scoreline. Ghana got a goal back through substitute Osman Bukari, but Portugal still won the first game of the group stage.

“The penalty for me… I don’t agree, in my opinion, because it was just a soft touch,” Gyan told SuperSport TV after the game.

“Although Ronaldo was a bit earlier, it wasn’t a touch that could be a penalty. The referee should have checked the video assistant referee and made his decision. For me, it was too soft.

Further, the ex-Sunderland striker questioned coach Otto Addo’s choice to substitute Mohammed Kudus for Bukari.

“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. But the players stepped up to the plate at the end of the day. The second half is the best we have seen in this competition so far.

Andre Ayew has scored three goals at the World Cup, putting him second on the team to Gyan, who has six. And Ayew has played in eight matches, more than any other active player for an African nation.

On Monday, the Black Stars will travel to Education City Stadium to take on South Korea in a game that is part of Day 2 of the tournament.oud, the Selecao took the lead in the 65th minute when Ronaldo converted from the penalty spot.

The penalty was awarded after Ronaldo went down in the box under a challenge from Mohammed Salisu.

Andre Ayew levelled matters for the Black Stars before Joao Felix and Rafael Leao made it 3-1. Substitute Osman Bukari reduced the deficit for Ghana but Portugal held on to win the group opener.

“The penalty for me… I don’t agree, in my opinion because it was just a soft touch,” Gyan told SuperSport TV after the game.

“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.”

The former Sunderland forward further questioned coach Otto Addo’s decision to take off Mohammed Kudus for Bukari.

“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.”

Andre Ayew is now Ghana’s second-top scorer at the World Cup with three goals, behind Gyan, who has six to his name. Ayew has also featured in eight matches in the competition, more than any current player for African nations.

The Black Stars will hope to bounce back to winning ways when they take on South Korea in their matchday two fixture at Education City Stadium on Monday.