The Black Stars’ penalty against Portugal in their 2022 World Cup Group H match, according to Ghana head coach Otto Addo, was an unique present from referee Ismail Efalth.
In the 64th minute, the American referee controversially gave the Portuguese a penalty, which Cristiano Ronaldo converted to score the game’s first goal.
Efalth disregarded the protests of the Ghanaian players.
Joao Felix and Raphael Leao scored their second goals as the Euro 2016 champions prevailed 3-2 on Thursday night at Stadium 974.
The two goals for the Black stars were scored by Andre Ayew and Osman Bukari.
Otto Addo voiced his dissatisfaction with the referee’s performance during the post-game news conference.
“The referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty. Everyone saw that. Why? Because it’s Ronaldo or something?” Otto Addo said.
“If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift. A special gift from the referee.”
“I asked if I could speak to the ref and was told he’s in a meeting and it’s not possible.”
To improve its prospects of reaching the other stage Ghana will play South Korea next on Monday, November 28, before finishing the group against Uruguay on Tuesday, December 2.