Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half winner gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over Ghana, but the result means that neither team progress to the World Cup's last 16.

Ghana defender John Boye gifted Portugal the lead when he turned a cross into his own net, but Asamoah Gyan headed in an equaliser.

Ronaldo capitalised on a poor clearance to sweep home and give Portugal hope.

But they could not find the three more goals they needed to prevent the United States advancing on goal difference.

Analysis

"Both sides had chances to go through, and they can't blame anyone else but themselves. Cristiano Ronaldo missed six golden opportunities, and should have had a penalty as well. He didn't look fully fit to me.

"A fully-fit Ronaldo could have torn this tournament apart. I don't think Ghana have enough quality going forward; they're far too reliant on Asamoah Gyan."

The USA lost to Group G winners Germany 1-0 in the section's other game.

Ronaldo's goal was his first in what was ultimately a disappointing tournament for a player who had scored 51 times in 47 appearances for Real Madrid last season.

The 29-year-old, who has suffered from knee and thigh injuries, failed to replicate the influence he had at club level as Portugal lost heavily in their opening group game against Germany, before a draw with USA left them needing to win by a large scoreline against Ghana to progress.

Ronaldo was given the freedom to roam across the Portugal frontline against the African side and, initially, he was at the centre of their best chances.

First, he almost caught out scrambling Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda with an audacious chip that smacked the crossbar, before his close-range header from Joao Pereira's pinpoint cross was instinctively batted away by Dauda, who turned and roared in delight at the Ghana fans behind his goal.

His joy, though, was short-lived, as Ghana conceded an unfortunate opener midway through the half.

Joao Moutinho fed Miguel Veloso on the left and he delivered a teasing cross that Ghana centre-back Boye deflected into the top corner of his own goal with his thigh.

While Portugal's problems have solely been on the pitch, Ghana's preparations were hampered by chaos behind the scene.

Midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were expelled from the squad for alleged indiscipline - although Muntari would have missed the Portugal game anyway through suspension after picking up yellow cards in their first two games - while players had even threatened to boycott the Portugal fixture because of a row over appearance fees.

Match facts

Portugal won for only the second time in their last 10 World Cup matches

Asamoah Gyan (six) became the outright leading African World Cup scorer, going clear of Roger Milla

This match contained 35 shots (including blocked efforts). Only four matches in this tournament have contained more

That was resolved on Wednesday and the Ghana players looked to have put it behind them as they pressed for an equaliser, only for wayward finishing from Christian Atsu and Gyan to prove their undoing.

For all their enterprising build-up play, it seemed Ghana would need a moment of magic to get back into the game.

That arrived just before the hour as Kwadwo Asamoah curled a stunning cross with the outside of his boot towards the far post, where Gyan was on hand to plant a header into the net.

With Germany leading the USA at the time, qualification suddenly became a realistic possibility for Ghana and they came agonisingly close to securing the win they needed when Majeed Waris flicked a header just wide from Gyan's cross.

However, Dauda ended his own side's hopes of securing victory when he pawed at a Portugal cross, clearing only as far as Ronaldo, who made no mistake.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento:

"It's not fair to blame individuals. We made mistakes as a team in the three matches - and I will never hold any individual responsible. We win and lose as a team.

"It's a tough time for us and we feel down as we all wanted to qualify for the Round of 16. We must now grow and advance so that we don't feel the same in 2016."

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo:

"We created many opportunities but we could not finish them all. We knew we had to score three goals and we were depending on the result of the Germany game.

"We knew it was complicated but what's left at the end shows that it was possible considering the number of opportunities we created during the game."

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah:

"It was a very exciting match with many chances on both sides.

"Unfortunately we didn't take ours and they took theirs."

Portugal

John Boye's own goal was the fourth of this tournament. There were only two in the 2010 World Cup

Asamoah Gyan scores equaliser

Asamoah Gyan has either scored or assisted in nine of Ghana's 13 World Cup goals

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo finished the World Cup with one goal and one assist from his three games

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal made him the first Portuguese player to score in three World Cup tournaments

Ghana

Ghana, in their third World Cup, go out in the group stage for the first time ever

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal was his third at a World Cup, with his 67th attempted shot

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Portugal

  • 22 Beto (Eduardo - 89' )
  • 21 João Pereira (Varela - 62' )
  • 04 Miguel Veloso
  • 06 Carvalho
  • 03 Pepe
  • 02 Bruno Alves
  • 08 João Moutinho Booked
  • 20 Amorim
  • 11 Éder (Vieirinha - 69' )
  • 17 Nani
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Eduardo
  • 10 Vieirinha
  • 13 Ricardo Costa
  • 14 Neto
  • 15 Rafa Silva
  • 16 Meireles
  • 18 Varela

Ghana

  • 16 Dauda
  • 23 Afful Booked
  • 20 Asamoah
  • 17 Rabiu (Acquah - 76' )
  • 21 Boye
  • 19 Mensah
  • 07 Atsu
  • 08 Badu
  • 03 Gyan
  • 18 Waris Booked (J.Ayew - 71' Booked )
  • 10 A.Ayew (Wakaso - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Adams
  • 02 Inkoom
  • 04 Opare
  • 05 Essien
  • 06 Acquah
  • 12 Larsen Kwarasey
  • 13 J.Ayew
  • 14 Adomah
  • 15 Sumaila
  • 22 Wakaso
Ref: Nawaf Shukralla
Att: 67,540

Match Stats

Shots

18 17

On target

7 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

21 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portugal 2, Ghana 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portugal 2, Ghana 1.

90:00 +5:00

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

90:00 +4:33

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +3:12 Booking

Booking João Moutinho (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

90:00 +3:01

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:42

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho.

90:00 +1:25

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Silvestre Varela.

90:00 +0:47

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Nani with a cross.

90:00 +0:03

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Harrison Afful.

88:37

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Mensah following a set piece situation.

88:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Eduardo replaces Beto because of an injury.

87:44

Foul by Vieirinha (Portugal).

87:44

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:15

Attempt saved. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

85:26

Foul by Rubén Amorim (Portugal).

85:26

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:40

Foul by Silvestre Varela (Portugal).

84:40

Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:38

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Miguel Veloso.

83:17

Attempt saved. Silvestre Varela (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nani.

82:32

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross following a corner.

82:03

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Harrison Afful.

81:59

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miguel Veloso.

81:36

Offside, Ghana. Afriyie Acquah tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

81:17

Attempt missed. Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

80:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso replaces André Ayew.

79:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portugal 2, Ghana 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

77:07 Booking

Booking Jordan Ayew (Ghana) is shown the yellow card.

77:06

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

77:06

Jordan Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:00

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

75:54

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan.

75:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Afriyie Acquah replaces Mohammed Rabiu.

75:02

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harrison Afful with a cross.

72:51

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by John Boye.

70:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ghana. Jordan Ayew replaces Majeed Waris.

69:10

Foul by Nani (Portugal).

69:10

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Vieirinha replaces Eder.

68:38

Attempt missed. Silvestre Varela (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho.

67:02

Attempt missed. Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

66:12

Foul by Bruno Alves (Portugal).

66:12

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:49

Foul by Eder (Portugal).

65:49

Harrison Afful (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:09

Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64:33

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:33

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

63:47

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

63:47

Fatau Dauda (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:21

Bruno Alves (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:21

Foul by Majeed Waris (Ghana).

61:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Silvestre Varela replaces João Pereira.

60:17

Attempt missed. Majeed Waris (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan with a cross.

59:17

Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:17

Foul by Jonathan Mensah (Ghana).

58:44

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

58:44

André Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:16

Offside, Ghana. Jonathan Mensah tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

57:29

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Miguel Veloso.

57:16

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Harrison Afful.

56:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portugal 1, Ghana 1. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah with a cross.

55:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:00

Delay in match Pepe (Portugal) because of an injury.

54:40 Booking

Booking Majeed Waris (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:32

Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:32

Foul by Majeed Waris (Ghana).

53:54

Attempt blocked. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:58

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:58

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

50:26

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah.

49:36

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

49:36

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:01

William Carvalho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:01

Foul by Christian Atsu (Ghana).

48:16

Foul by Rubén Amorim (Portugal).

48:16

Majeed Waris (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:36

Attempt blocked. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rubén Amorim.

47:36

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by John Boye.

46:01

Foul by Pepe (Portugal).

46:01

Majeed Waris (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Portugal 1, Ghana 0.

45:00 +0:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portugal 1, Ghana 0.

45:00 +0:07

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by John Boye.

43:55

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eder.

40:50

Offside, Ghana. André Ayew tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

39:48

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:48

Foul by Harrison Afful (Ghana).

39:27

Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Ghana) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan.

38:35 Booking

Booking Harrison Afful (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:32

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:32

Foul by Harrison Afful (Ghana).

38:17

Nani (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:17

Foul by Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana).

37:09

Miguel Veloso (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:09

Foul by Asamoah Gyan (Ghana).

35:36

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

33:39

Attempt missed. Rubén Amorim (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nani.

31:39

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nani.

30:57

Offside, Ghana. André Ayew tries a through ball, but Majeed Waris is caught offside.

29:58 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by John Boye, Ghana. Portugal 1, Ghana 0.

27:52

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Bruno Alves.

26:33

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

26:33

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:33

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:33

Foul by Harrison Afful (Ghana).

24:00

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by João Moutinho.

23:18

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by João Pereira.

22:51

Attempt saved. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah with a cross.

22:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:10

Delay in match Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) because of an injury.

21:45

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

21:45

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:24

Dangerous play by Eder (Portugal).

21:24

John Boye (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:31

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:31

Foul by Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana).

19:53

Attempt missed. Eder (Portugal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross.

19:06

Attempt saved. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Boye.

18:35

Foul by Bruno Alves (Portugal).

18:35

Majeed Waris (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:12

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by João Pereira with a cross.

17:36

Foul by Bruno Alves (Portugal).

17:36

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:28

Rubén Amorim (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:28

Foul by Christian Atsu (Ghana).

14:43

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

14:43

Harrison Afful (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:35

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Fatau Dauda.

11:32

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

11:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:30

Delay in match João Moutinho (Portugal) because of an injury.

10:06

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:06

Foul by John Boye (Ghana).

9:31

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:13

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

8:13

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:50

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:50

Foul by John Boye (Ghana).

6:23

João Pereira (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:23

Foul by Majeed Waris (Ghana).

5:25

Hand ball by João Moutinho (Portugal).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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