June 26, 2014 2:09 pm

WORLD CUP: Too little, too late from Ronaldo as Portugal makes exit

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts after a missed chance.

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BRASILIA, Brazil – Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal of the World Cup earned Portugal a 2-1 win over Ghana but couldn’t prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament along with the Africans on Thursday.

Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Germany topped the group.

SEE MORE: Complete scores and group standings 

Ronaldo slammed in the winner with his left foot in the 80th minute to break his drought in Brazil and give Portugal its first win.

Ghana captain Asamaoh Gyan’s 57th-minute header cancelled out an own goal scored by John Boye in the 31st.

GROUP G FINAL STANDINGS 

Group G final standings

 

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