Fernando Santos’ Portugal side ended a run of three opening World Cup matches without a win during the Seleção’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha.
But despite the off-field circus surrounding his future, Ronaldo once again stepped up for Portugal in the second period and ignited the match, netting the opener from 12 yards.
Having been tripped by Mohammed Salisu inside the penalty area, the outcome from that point on seemed inevitable, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner tucking home an unstoppable penalty high into the left corner – a goal which additionally made Ronaldo the first player in history to score in five different World Cups.
Ayew, who has now featured in more World Cup games than any other current African player, was on hand to tap home Mohammed Kudus’ cutback and send the Black Star faithful into raptures.
Osman Bukari lept highest inside the penalty area to head home the Black Star’s second of the game.
But despite being granted nine minutes of added time, Ghana were unable to find an equaliser, meaning all five African sides will end round one of the group stage without a victory.