Cristiano Ronaldo created historical past as he turned the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups as Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 on Day 5 of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 37-year-old fired residence a surprising 61st-minute penalty to place Fernando Santos’ facet forward within the Group H conflict at Stadium 974 in Doha, with the striker eager to showcase his skills at a possible new membership after an acrimonious break up this week. Manchester United.
Portugal’s benefit was short-lived as Ghana captain Andre Ayew leveled his facet within the 73rd minute and scored the primary purpose of an African workforce at this 12 months’s match.
The raucous Black Stars followers cheered as their workforce did not handle a single shot within the first 45 minutes.
However the scene of pleasure was short-lived, as Portugal scored twice within the subsequent seven minutes by Joao Felix and Rafael Leo to make it 3-1 on 80 minutes.
Portugal had any hope of comfortably cruising to victory, however Ghana’s Ousmane Bucari scored within the 89th minute to make it 3-2.
A tense 9 minutes of additional time adopted however Portugal took the three factors to high the group.
Portugal’s subsequent match is in opposition to Uruguay on Monday. Ghana will play South Korea on the identical day.
Brazil vs Serbia
Richarlison opened his marketing campaign for the World Cup by powering the match favorites to a 2-0 win in opposition to Serbia on the Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored simply after the hour mark within the Group G match and adopted that up with a spectacular second purpose within the 73rd minute.
Serbia resisted strongly for the primary two-thirds of the sport, because the Brazilians zipped the ball and recurrently attacked the opposition field, underscoring their id as essentially the most harmful facet within the competitors. .
However there have been considerations about star ahead Neymar.
The 30-year-old helped the Selecao to their first Olympic gold medal on the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games however was pulled off in opposition to Serbia within the eightieth minute with a proper ankle sprain.
Neymar had beforehand had a foot drawback and the Paris Saint-Germain participant sat on the bench along with his face coated and acquired remedy for the remainder of the match.
Brazil’s win noticed them high Group G behind Switzerland.
The South American giants, who’re on the lookout for a sixth World Cup title, will face Switzerland on Monday. On the identical day, Serbia will face Cameroon.
Uruguay vs South Korea
Uruguay and South Korea opened their World Cup marketing campaign on the Training Metropolis Stadium in Doha with a fast-paced recreation that resulted in a goalless draw.
Regardless of the purpose, the environment within the stadium was electrical because the South Korean followers beat the drums all through the sport.
Uruguay – often known as La Celeste – got here near scoring within the first half when Diego Godin hit the submit with a header. Within the 89th minute, Federico Valverde hit the submit once more with a long-range effort.
South Korea additionally had a variety of probabilities and might be disenchanted not to have the ability to do extra when Hwang Ui-jo discovered himself unmarked within the thirty seventh minute.
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Enjoying on the Al Janob Stadium, Switzerland maintained their unbeaten report of their opening matches on the World Cup by defeating Cameroon of their Group G match.
Ahead Breel Embolo scored the profitable purpose for Switzerland within the first half.
The 25-year-old was born in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, however moved to Switzerland along with his household and have become a Swiss citizen shortly after his 18th birthday.
After scoring, Embolo raised his arms in apology as teammates celebrated round him. He pointed to the Swiss followers who scored the purpose after which to the Cameroon followers within the reverse nook of the stadium.
Whereas Cameroon have been the higher facet within the opening half, Switzerland pulled collectively within the second half.
After their 1-0 win, Switzerland will face Brazil on Monday, whereas Cameroon will face Serbia.
Off the pitch:
Social media sensation
Abubakar Abbas, a 23-year-old from Kenya, has emerged as a fan favourite – and unintentional social media sensation – in Qatar.
Seated in a tennis-umpire’s chair and sporting a big foam boat, he guides tons of of followers visiting the historic bazaar known as Souq Waqif to the closest metro station with the assistance of his trusty megaphone.
His useful recommendation, “Metro? On this means. Metro? This manner,” has now turn out to be a catchphrase.
“I noticed him on TikTok. I assumed that was actually humorous. He makes me snort; It is such a simple job,” stated a younger fan sporting a Chelsea soccer shirt.
Faux video on Ukraine followers
Al Jazeera attributed the information community and stated the video circulating on social media was faux.
The video claims that three “drunk” Ukrainian soccer followers have been arrested and in addition unfold “Nazi symbols” in Doha.
“The video in query is totally faux and Al Jazeera has not revealed any information associated to this story,” Al Jazeera stated in a press release.
The video’s major message about “Ukrainian Nazis” echoes pro-Russian misinformation circulating on the Web.
“The basic Russian narrative for export is the alleged ‘Nazi’ character of Ukraine’s political regime,” Kyiv-based analyst Aleksey Kushch advised Al Jazeera.
The claims “function a justification for conflict for each [a] home [Russian] Spectators and foreigners [audiences]”, Kusch stated.
There are some excessive right-wing, ultra-nationalist and white supremacist teams in Ukraine, however their present affect on Ukrainian political life is restricted.