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Ghana striker Osman Bukari says he did not disdain Cristiano Ronaldo when he copied the Portuguese star’s goal after scoring against them in their Group H World Cup match on Thursday.
Substitute Bukari pulled a goal back to make the 3-2 in the 89th minute before running to a corner flag and mimicking Ronaldo’s famous ‘Siu’ pose.
The former Manchester United striker had put Portugal ahead with a landmark goal at Stadium 974 in Doha, but had been substituted by the time Bukari headed in from six yards out.
“I noticed that my party has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful to Ronaldo,” said the 23-year-old defender. posted on Twitter.
“This is incorrect. I was overwhelmed by the emotion of the moment I scored for my country in my World Cup debut that led to my celebration.
“My upbringing doesn’t allow me to be disrespectful to the elderly, let alone one of my idols.”
The 2016 European champions managed to clinch victory, leaving Ghana at the bottom of the group after the first round after Uruguay and South Korea drew 0-0 earlier on Thursday.
became Ronaldo the first man to score in five different FIFA World Cups when he put Portugal ahead with a 65th minute penalty after going down following a challenge from Mohammed Salisu.
Black Stars coach Otto Addo was not impressed by referee Ismail Elfath.
“I think it was a very wrong decision, we were on the ball. I don’t know why the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) didn’t come forward, there was no explanation,” said Addo.
“It was a wrong decision. It was actually a foul against us.”
Addo said he tried to talk to the referee about some decisions after the game.
“I wanted to do it in a calm way but I was told he was in a meeting. He was not in our favour. We got some yellow cards which were deserved but there was also holding jerseys and stopping counter-attacks which were also yellow cards but not given to them.”
Asked about Ronaldo’s milestone goal, Addo said: “If someone scores a goal, congratulations. But this was a gift, a gift indeed.”
Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey also came on as a second-half substitute and said his debut in the World Cup final was a “bittersweet” moment.
“It’s difficult. On another day we get a different result,” the 22-year-old added.
“We always believed in ourselves and always believed that we could get a good result.
“Now we just have to dust ourselves off, work hard in training and look forward to the next game.”
Ghana will play against South Korea on Monday (13:00 GMT) in their second Group H match, with their last against Uruguay on Friday 2 December.
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