Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups, propelling Portugal to a 3-2 win over Ghana on Day 5 of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 37-year-old scored a stunning 61st-minute penalty to put Fernando Santos’ side ahead in the Group H clash at the 974 Stadium in Doha, with the striker keen to showcase his talents to potential new clubs after a bitter split this week with Manchester United.
Portugal’s lead did not last long, as Ghana’s captain Andre Ayew equalized for his team in the 73rd minute, scoring the first goal for an African team in this year’s tournament.
Raucous Black Stars fans erupted in celebration after seeing their team miss a single shot in the first 45 minutes.
But the jubilant scenes were short-lived as Portugal turned up the heat with Joao Félix and Rafael Leao scoring twice in the next seven minutes to make it 3-1 after 80 minutes.
However, all of Portugal’s hopes of a comfortable path to victory were dashed by Ghana’s Osman Bukari, who made it 3-2 in the 89th minute.
A tense nine minutes of extra time followed, but Portugal held on to grab three points and move to the top of the group.
Portugal is next in action on Monday against Uruguay. Ghana plays South Korea on the same day.
Brazil vs Serbia
Brazil opened their World Cup campaign in style with Richarlison powering the tournament favorites to a 2-0 win against Serbia at Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored shortly after the hour mark in the Group G game and shortly after, in the 73rd minute, added a spectacular second goal.
Serbia, who had offered staunch resistance for the first two-thirds of the game, were forced to chase shadows as Brazil’s players lobbed the ball and made regular forays into their opponents’ box, underscoring their credentials as the most dangerous side of the competition. .
But there was concern for star striker Neymar.
The 30-year-old had helped Selecao win the 2013 Confederations Cup and their first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but limped out of action against Serbia in the 80th minute after taking a hit in the right ankle.
Neymar has had problems with that foot before and the Paris St Germain player sat on the bench with his face covered while receiving treatment for the remainder of the game.
Brazil’s victory leaves them top of Group G, followed by Switzerland.
The South American giants, seeking their sixth World Cup victory, will play Switzerland on Monday. Serbia will play Cameroon on the same day.
Uruguay vs South Korea
Uruguay and South Korea kicked off their World Cup campaigns at Doha’s Education City Stadium with a fast-paced game that ended in a goalless draw.
Despite the lack of goals, the atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with the South Korean fans drumming throughout the game.
Uruguay, known as La Celeste, came closest to scoring when Diego Godín hit the post with a header in the first half. Federico Valverde hit the post again on 89′ with a long shot.
South Korea also had several chances and will be frustrated that Hwang Ui-jo couldn’t do more after he found himself open in the 37th minute.
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Playing at Al Janoub Stadium, Switzerland edged out a lively Cameroon side in their Group G match, maintaining their unbeaten record in their opening World Cup matches.
Forward Breel Embolo scored the winning goal for Switzerland in the first half.
The 25-year-old was born in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé but moved to Switzerland with his family and became a Swiss citizen shortly after his 18th birthday.
After scoring, Embolo raised his hands in apology as his teammates celebrated around him. He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal where he had scored and then to the Cameroonian fans in the opposite corner of the stadium.
Cameroon was the better team in the first half, while Switzerland rallied in the second.
Following their 1-0 win, Switzerland will play Brazil on Monday, while Cameroon will face Serbia.
Off the field:
Social Media Sensation
Abubakr Abbass, a 23-year-old Kenyan, has become a fan favorite – and accidental social media sensation – in Qatar.
Sitting in a tennis umpire’s chair and carrying a large foam finger, he guides hundreds of fans visiting the historic market, called Souq Waqif, to the nearby metro station with the help of his trusty megaphone.
His helpful advice, “Subway? In this way. Meter? This way”, has now become a catchphrase.
“I saw it on TikTok. I thought it was very funny. He makes me laugh; it’s such a simple task,” said a young fan dressed in a Chelsea football shirt.
Fake video about Ukraine fans
Al Jazeera has said that a video attributed to the news network and circulating on social media is false.
The video claims that three “drunken” Ukrainian soccer fans were arrested and also spread “Nazi symbols” in Doha.
“The video in question is completely false and Al Jazeera has never published any news related to this story,” Al Jazeera said in a statement.
The main message of the video about “Ukrainian Nazis” echoes the pro-Russian misinformation circulating on the Internet.
“The basic Russian narrative for export is the supposedly ‘Nazi’ character of the political regime in Ukraine,” Kyiv-based analyst Aleksey Kushch told Al Jazeera.
The claims “serve as a justification for the war both for [a] Domestic [Russian] public and for foreigners [audiences]Kusch said.
While Ukraine has some outspoken white supremacist, ultranationalist and far-right groups, their current influence on Ukraine’s political life is limited.
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