Bruno Fernandes provides two assists as Cristiano Ronaldo makes World Cup history

Bruno Fernandes provided two assists on his 50th appearance for Portugal in a match that former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo made World Cup history.

United’s number eight was deployed on the right of a three-man forward line for Fernando Santos’ Selecao.

It’s not a position that the 28-year-old particularly enjoys playing, but he has played out wide for Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United in recent weeks.

Inevitably it was Cristiano Ronaldo who broke the deadlock after smashing home a penalty to become the first player to score in five different editions of the World Cup.

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In his first game as a free agent, the 37-year-old brought out his iconic Siuu celebration, something we didn’t see during the three goals he scored for the Red Devils this season.

Following Ronaldo’s opener from the spot in the 65th minute, Andre Ayew drew Ghana level in the 73rd minute.

Bruno Fernandes provides two assists as Cristiano Ronaldo makes World Cup history

But after the Black Stars drew level, it was Fernandes’ turn to take centre stage and play a pivotal part in firing his team to victory.

The former Sporting Lisbon captain played the pass through to Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix who restored Portugal’s lead with a neat, dinked finish over the goalkeeper.

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Fernandes helped put the game beyond doubt with Portugal’s second goal in the space of two minutes with a perfectly weighted pass into the path of AC Milan’s Rafael Leao who calmly slotted the ball into the far bottom corner.

The Red Devils Portuguese magnifico provided his ninth and ten assist for his country on his 50th appearance to go alongside the 11 goals he’s scored.

But in the closing stages Osman Burki reduced the deficit for Ghana by heading home before throwing out the Siuu celebration, much to Ronaldo’s dismay who had just been substituted.

Fernandes picked up a yellow card in injury time for a cynical professional foul.

Portugal held on for the 3-2 win and went top of Group H following Uruguay and South Korea’s goalless draw earlier in the day.

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