Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups. Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 on day 5 of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 37-year-old hit a nasty 61-minute penalty to put Fernando Santos’ side ahead in a Group H encounter at the 974 Stadium in Doha, with the striker keen show his talent to potential new clubs after one season. sharp division this week with Manchester United.
Portugal’s advantage did not last long as Ghana captain Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute, marking the first goal by an African team at this year’s tournament.
Enthusiastic Black Stars fans erupted in celebration after watching their team fail to make a single shot in the first 45 minutes.
But the jubilant scenes were short-lived, as Portugal turned the heat on with Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scoring twice seven minutes later to make it 3-1 in the 80th minute.
However, any hopes of Portugal having a comfortable stroll to win were shaken by Ghana’s Osman Bukari, who made it 3-2 in the 89th minute.
Then it was a tense 9 minutes of extra time, but Portugal still won 3 points and rose to the top of the table.
Portugal will have their next match on Monday against Uruguay. Ghana meets South Korea on the same day.
Brazil opened their World Cup campaign in style with Richarlison energizing the tournament’s favorites to a 2-0 win over Serbia at Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored after just an hour in the Group G match and went on to add a second spectacular goal shortly after in the 73rd minute.
Serbia, who fought back fiercely in the first two-thirds of their matches, were left to chase the ball as the Brazilian players rotated the ball and regularly staged raids into the opponent’s box, showing that they the most dangerous team in the league.
But there have been concerns about star striker Neymar.
The 30-year-old helped Selecao win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but he limped off the field in the 80th minute match against Serbia after being injured. right ankle injury.
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 rest of the game.
Brazil’s win puts them at the top of Group G, followed by Switzerland.
The South American giants, who are looking for a sixth World Cup title, will play Switzerland on Monday. Serbia will meet Cameroon on the same day.
Uruguay and South Korea kicked off their World Cup campaign at the Education City Stadium in Doha with a fast-paced match that ended in a goalless draw.
Although no goals were scored, the atmosphere in the stadium was very lively, as Korean fans beat drums continuously throughout the match.
Uruguay – known as La Celeste – came closest to the goal when Diego Godin’s header hit the post in the first half. In the 89th minute, Federico Valverde hit the post again in a long shot.
South Korea also had some chances and would be disappointed when Hwang Ui-jo couldn’t do more after he was vacated in the 37th minute.
Competing at the Al Janoub Stadium, Switzerland overtook the lively team of Cameroon in their match. WOOD board gamemaintained an unbeaten record in the opening matches at the World Cup.
Striker 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 hand in apology as teammates celebrated around him. He pointed towards the Swiss fans behind the goal he had scored, then pointed at the Cameroon fans in the opposite corner of the stadium.
Cameroon was the better side in the first half, while Switzerland equalized in the second.
After their 1-0 win, Switzerland will face Brazil on Monday, while Cameroon will face Serbia.
Off the field:
Social media sensations
Abubakr Abbass, 23, from Kenya, has emerged as a fan-favorite – and incidentally a hit on social media – in Qatar.
Sitting in the tennis referee’s chair and wearing a large foam finger, he guided hundreds of fans visiting the historic market, called Souq Waqif, to the nearby subway station with the help of of your trusted speaker.
His helpful advice,”Metro? This way. Metro? This way,” has now become a catchphrase.
“I saw him on TikTok. I think it’s really funny. He makes me laugh; it’s a simple task,” said a young fan wearing a Chelsea football shirt.
Fake video about Ukrainian fans
Al Jazeera said a video allegedly from the news network and going viral on social media was fake.
The video claims that three “drunk” Ukrainian football fans have been arrested and have also scattered “Nazi symbols” in Doha.
“The video in question is completely fake and Al Jazeera has never released any news regarding this story,” Al Jazeera said in a statement.
The main message of the video about “Nazi Ukraine” echoes pro-Russian misinformation circulating on the internet.
Kyiv-based analyst Aleksey Kushch told Al Jazeera: “The basic story of Russia for export is the alleged ‘Nazi’ feature of the Ukrainian political regime.
The statements “act as justification for the war both for the [a] inland [Russian] audience and for foreign [audiences],” said Kushch.
Although Ukraine has a number of outspoken far-right, extremist and white supremacist groups, their current influence on Ukrainian political life is limited.