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Ghana's Group G opponents Portugal received good news on Wednesday as their influential playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo made an injury return to help them thrash Republic of Ireland 5-1 in an international friendly.Â
The Real Madrid star and Ballon D'or title-holder last 65 minutes for the European giants as they wrapped up their preparations with a sumptuous victory.
Out of action since the Champions League final, Ronaldo ripped through the Irish defence with his first touch to spear a shot on target. The message was clear â€“ CR7 was back.
Wisely, Portuguese coach Paolo Bento withdrew Ronaldo just after an hour on a newly-laid surface that was a slow, spongy, and a hazard throughout.
After a double save from Forde to deny Ronaldo and Raul Meireles, who also returned after injury, Portugal doubled their advantage when Richard Keogh deflected Fabio Coentraoâ€™s left-wing delivery beyond Forde into the top corner.
Ronaldo's return slaps a big question mark in the face of Ghanaian witchdoctor Nana Kwaku Bonsam who gained worldwide popularity following claims he was behind the 29-year-old's injury and he would not be fit to face Ghana in the final group game.
Even more, most Ghanaians are mocking him after Ronaldo returned to training two days ago and it could get worst as Ronaldo played on Wednesday night.
Yet still many others feel its a disgrace for Ghana and the rest of Africa.