Cristiano Ronaldo made history as the first player to score at five different World Cups by bagging the opener for Portugal against Ghana.
That was far from the end of the story though, with four more goals to come for an ultimately thrilling 3-2 win.
Former Manchester United forward Ronaldo won and scored a penalty in the 65th minute of their Group H clash after tearing up pre-match.
A frustrating night in front of goal for Portugal was finally punctured by Ronaldo when he was taken down in the box by Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu.
Ghana had just begun looking dangerous with Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus threatening, but Ronaldo soon had his side ahead.
The striker, who recently terminated his United contract by mutual consent, then did what he does best.
Picking the top left corner of the net, opposition goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi had absolutely no chance against the powerful effort, despite going the right way.
Ronaldo then wheeled away towards the corner flag in delight, with his teammates and the entire stadium joining in with his trademark ‘SIUUU’ celebration.
His joy was short-lived, though, with former West Ham and Swansea forward Andre Ayew tapping in from close range eight minutes later.
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But it was then over to the next generation to make sure there was no slip up against the tournament’s lowest-ranked side.
Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix restored the lead with a delightful finish five minutes later, before Portugal flexed their extraordinary depth with substitute Rafael Leao making it 3-1.
Ghana then pulled one back on 89 minutes through Osman Bukari to set up a grandstand finish, with the Red Star forward even copying Ronaldo’s celebration, much to his displeasure.
Then in stoppage time, Portugal nearly had the ultimate embarrassment when goalkeeper Diogo Costa was caught unaware by Inaki Williams.
The Athletic Bilbao forward brilliantly hid in the net and waited for the keeper to put the ball down, but slipped as he dispossessed him, failing to finish an ingenious and potentially iconic moment.
The story remained about Ronaldo, who broke his World Cup duck in 2006. He scored again in 2010 and 2014 before a career best four goals in Russia 2018.