The moment Ghana star Inaki Williams NEARLY writes himself into ‘World Cup folklore’ as he sneaks up on Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa but SLIPS with a chance to equalise deep into stoppage-time… leaving Cristiano Ronaldo stunned

  • Ghana’s Inaki Williams almost wrote himself into World Cup folklore on Thursday 
  • The Athletic Bilbao forward nearly scored a dramatic late equaliser vs Portugal 
  • Williams sneaked up behind ‘keeper Diogo Costa and nipped in to take the ball
  • The 28-year-old slipped at the vital moment and the ball was cleared off the line 
  • And the heart-stopping moment left Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo stunned 
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Ghana star Inaki Williams almost shocked Portugal with a dramatic late equaliser in a heart-stopping moment which left Cristiano Ronaldo stunned.

Deep into stoppage time, with the African side trailing Ronaldo’s Portugal 3-2, the Athletic Bilbao forward hid behind goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who had the ball in his hands.

Costa did not check behind him and Williams sneaked up to win the ball when he had rolled it out.

Ghana star Inaki Williams almost wrote himself into ‘World Cup folklore’ on Thursday evening

The Athletic Bilbao forward cheekily robbed the goalkeeper but slipped at the vital moment

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo (above) was stunned after the heart-stopping moment

But the 28-year-old slipped at the vital moment and Danilo Pereira cleared off the line as captain Ronaldo put his hand to his head in shock after the lucky escape. 

And ITV pundit Joe Cole claimed he could have ‘written himself into World Cup folklore’ had he managed to keep his footing and score a sensational last-gasp leveller.

He said: ‘Extraordinary. He would have written himself into World Cup folklore. That’s the cheekiest of things to do. The goalkeeper Diogo Costa just doesn’t see him. To slip at the final moment…

‘I would just be interested in what his team-mates are going to be saying to him in the dressing room, Diogo Costa. He’ll never make that mistake again – he’s got away with one tonight.’

Fellow pundit Graeme Souness added: ‘I thought goalkeepers always looked over their shoulder. He’s 23, he’ll never do that again! He’ll be looking over both shoulders from now on.

Williams still could have scored it but Ruben Dias tackled him and it was cleared off the line

The 28-year-old was left devastated at the final whistle after missing the chance to equalise

ITV pundit Joe Cole (pictured), formerly of Chelsea, described it as the ‘cheekiest thing to do’

‘They weren’t very professional, Portugal, tonight. I expected a lot more from them. I expected a lot more going forward and I expected them to be a lot more solid in defence. I thought they were ordinary tonight.’

Manchester United icon Roy Keane continued: ‘Very (lucky boy). The striker has been very, very clever. The goalkeeper, you have to be aware – have a look over your shoulder.

‘We’ve seen the best and worst of Portugal tonight. Look at Ronaldo’s face. My goodness. He’s obviously just had a call that Newcastle are in for him! Unbelievable, for such experienced players to be holding on at the end. The good and the bad.’ 

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