Riot police went into action ahead of Portugal’s World Cup clash with Ghana on Thursday afternoon.
There were chaotic scenes outside Stadium 974, with many fans delaying tickets to the field ahead of the Group H draw.
in a video posted on Twitterriot police can be seen marching around the perimeter of the stadium.
It was claimed that some Ghanaian fans were trying to ‘get into’ the game in hopes of avoiding ticket control by entering the match.
Martin Lipton of The Sun said: “If you’re wondering about all the empty seats, one of the latecomers told me, somewhat breathlessly, that it’s ‘chaos’ outside, with many fans delayed and unable to get in and police in riot gear. trying to keep order.
“Traffic was pretty bad on the road here. So that’s not really a surprise. But it’s a pity.
Many empty seats could be seen in the stadium after kick-off, as both teams compete for their first World Cup points.
It would be a quiet first half in the match itself, but a breakthrough was soon made in the second.
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Cristiano Ronaldo made World Cup history by becoming the first player to score in five different tournaments as he gave Portugal a 1-0 lead.
It was a controversial decision to award the penalty, but the now-former Manchester United striker made no mistake from the spot as he fired his shot past goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi.
However, Ghana soon responded with a goal as Andre Ayew’s finish from close range to make it 1-1.
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