Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups Portugal won 3-2 against Ghana On the fifth day of the Qatar World Cup.
The 37-year-old scored a powerful penalty in the 61st minute to put Fernando Santos’ side ahead in the Group H clash at Stade 974 in Doha, with the striker keen to showcase his talents to potential new clubs after Sharp split This week with Manchester United.
Portugal’s supremacy did not last long as Ghana captain Andre Ayew equalized for his side in the 73rd minute, marking the first goal for an African team in this year’s tournament.
Roaring Black Stars fans erupted in celebration after watching their team fail to take a single shot in the first 45 minutes.
The euphoric scenes were short-lived, however, as Portugal turned up the heat as Joao Felix and Rafael Leão scored twice in the next seven minutes to make it 3-1 at the 80-minute mark.
However, any hopes Portugal had of a comfortable walk to victory were shaken, however, by Ghanaian Ousmane Bockarie, who made it 3-2 in the 89th minute.
Nine tense minutes of extra time followed but Portugal held on, picking up three points and putting themselves top of the group.
Portugal is next in action on Monday against Uruguay. Ghana plays South Korea on the same day.
Brazil opened their World Cup campaign in style as Richarlison guided tournament favorites to a 2-0 victory over Serbia at Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored just after the hour mark in the Group G match and followed up his impressive second soon after that in the 73rd minute.
Serbia, who put up stiff resistance in the first two-thirds of the match, were left to haunt the shadows as Brazil players whacked the ball and made regular raids into the opposition’s box, underscoring their credentials as the competition’s most dangerous side. .
But there was concern about star attacker Neymar.
The 30-year-old had helped Selekau win the 2013 Confederations Cup and her first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but was knocked out of the match against Serbia in the 80th minute after sustaining a knock to his right ankle.
Neymar had problems with that foot before and the PSG player sat on the bench with his face covered while he received treatment for the rest of the match.
Brazil’s victory put them top of Group G, followed by Switzerland.
The South American giants, who are bidding to win their sixth World Cup, play Switzerland on Monday. Serbia will play Cameroon on the same day.
Uruguay and South Korea kicked off their World Cup campaigns at Doha’s Education City Stadium with a fast-paced game that ended goalless.
Despite the lack of goals, the atmosphere in the stadium was charged, with South Korean fans beating drums throughout the match.
Uruguay – known as La Celeste – came close when Diego Godín hit the post with a header in the first half. Federico Valverde hit the post again in the 89th minute with a long-range shot.
South Korea also had several chances and will be disappointed that Hwang Eui-jo couldn’t do more after finding himself unmarked in the 37th minute.
At the Stade du South, Switzerland outperformed a vibrant Cameroonian national team Group G gamemaintaining their unbeaten record in their opening World Cup matches.
Striker Brill Empolo scored the winning goal for Switzerland in the first half.
The 25-year-old was born in the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde, but moved to Switzerland with his family and became a Swiss citizen shortly after his 18th birthday.
After scoring, Embolo raised his hands in an apologetic manner as the teammates around him celebrated. He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal he scored, and then to the Cameroon fans in the opposite corner of the field.
Cameroon were the best in the first half, while Switzerland pulled themselves together in the second half.
Having won 1-0, Switzerland are scheduled to play Brazil on Monday, while Cameroon will face Serbia.
Off the field:
A sensation on social media
Abubakar Abbas, a 23-year-old from Kenya, has emerged as a fan favorite – and occasional social media sensation – in Qatar.
Perched in the tennis umpire’s chair and sporting a large sponge toe, he directs the hundreds of fans visiting the historic market, called Souq Waqif, to the nearby metro station with the help of his trusty loudspeaker.
his helpful advice,”subway? from here. subway? from here,” has now become a famous phrase.
“I saw it on TikTok. I thought it was really funny. It makes me laugh. It’s a simple task,” said a young fan wearing a Chelsea football shirt.
Fake video about Ukraine fans
Al-Jazeera said that a video clip attributed to the news network and circulated on social media is forged.
The video claims that three “drunk” Ukrainian football fans who also spread “Nazi symbols” were arrested in Doha.
“The video in question is completely fake 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 disinformation circulating on the Internet.
“The primary Russian narrative for export is the alleged ‘Nazi’ character of the Ukrainian political system,” Kyiv-based analyst Alexei Koch told Al Jazeera.
The allegations’ served as a justification for both war [a] home [Russian] public and foreign [audiences]Kush said.
While Ukraine has some far-right, ultranationalist, and white supremacist groups, their current influence on political life in Ukraine is limited.