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World Cup 2022: Legend Asamoah Gyan disagrees with referee penalty decision in Ghana defeat

Published on: 25 November 2022

Asamoah Gyan believes it was a wrong decision for referee Ismail Elfath to award a 'soft penalty' to Portugal against Ghana in their opening group match at the World Cup on Thursday.

The Black Stars 3-2 defeat to the European heavyweights at the 974 Stadium in Doha has been overshadowed by the action of the American referee and the VAR officials.

The 40-year-old official has is under the eye of the storm after his poor performance sparked outrage globally.

Fans across the world have been left shocked over the abysmal performance of the referee, with FIFA now under intense pressure to take action and save the image of the tournament.

“The penalty for me… I don’t agree, in my opinion because it was just a soft touch. 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.” Ghana's leading top scorer Asamoah Gyan told SuperSport TV

After Ronaldo converted the controversial penalty, it wasn't long before Ghana came back, with Andre Ayew slotting the ball past the Portuguese keeper at the 75th minute from a pass from teammate Mohammed Kudus.

Soon after, Joao Felix put Portugal back in the lead at minute 78, with Rafael Leao widening the lead two minutes later.

Ghana's Osman Bukari managed to close the gap in minute 89, but it was too late for the Black Stars to come back.

Uruguay and South Korea, the other two teams in group H, ended their game earlier today with a 0-0 draw.

The controversial victory places Portugal in an early lead as the team aims to make it out of the group stage.


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