Cristiano Ronaldo made history when he became the first player to score a goal in five World Cups and helped Portugal win 3-2 over Ghana on the 5th day of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 37-year-old imposed a stunning penalty in the 61st minute to get Fernando Santos on top of the Group H encounter at the 974 stadium in Doha. Following a bitter split from Manchester United this week, the striker wanted to show off his talent to potential new clubs.
Portugal’s advantage didn’t last long as Ghana captain Andre Ayew raised his team level in the 73rd minute, marking the first goal from an African team in this year’s tournament.
The rowdy Black Stars fans burst out to celebrate after seeing their team not fire a single shot in the first 45 minutes.
The cheering scenes were short-lived, however, as Portugal turned the shot up. Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored a goal twice in the following seven minutes and made it 3-1 at the 80-minute mark.
However, Portugal’s hopes of a comfortable path to victory were shattered by Osman Bukari from Ghana, who scored 3:2 in the 89th minute.
A tense nine-minute extra time followed, but Portugal scored three points and took the lead in the group.
Portugal is next in action against Uruguay on Monday. Ghana will play South Korea on the same day.
Brazil vs Serbia
Brazil opened its campaign for the World Cup in style. Richarlison gave tournament favorites a 2-0 win over Serbia at Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored a goal shortly after the one-hour mark in the Group G game and scored a spectacular second goal shortly after in the 73rd minute.
Serbia, which had put up strong resistance in the first two thirds of the game, had to chase the shadows as Brazilian players moved the ball around and regularly staged raids on the opposing box, underlining their qualification as the most dangerous team in the competition.
But there were concerns about star striker Neymar.
The 30-year-old had helped Selecao win the 2013 Confederations Cup and the first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but he lagged out of the action against Serbia in the 80th minute after suffering a blow to his right ankle.
Neymar had problems with this foot before and the Paris St. Germain player sat on the bench with his face covered while being treated for the rest of the game.
After Brazil’s victory, they are at the top of Group G, followed by Switzerland.
The South American giants, who are looking for a sixth World Cup victory, will face Switzerland on Monday. Serbia will face Cameroon the same day.
Uruguay vs South Korea
Uruguay and South Korea started their World Cup campaigns at Education City Stadium in Doha with a fast-paced game that ended with a goalless draw.
Despite the lack of goals, the atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying, with South Korean fans hitting the drums throughout the game.
Uruguay — known as La Celeste — came closest to goal when Diego Godin hit the post with a header in the first half. Federico Valverde hit the post again in the 89th minute with a long-distance performance.
South Korea also had multiple chances and will be frustrated that Hwang Ui-jo couldn’t do more after he had no mark in the 37th minute.
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Switzerland played at Al Janoub Stadium and overtook a lively team from Cameroon in their Group G game and maintained their unbeaten record in the first games of the World Cup.
Striker Breel Embolo scored the winning goal for Switzerland in the first half.
The 25-year-old was born in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, but moved with his family to Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen shortly after his 18th birthday.
After the goal, Embolo raised his hand apologetically as the teammates around him celebrated. He pointed to Swiss fans behind the goal he had scored and then to Cameroon fans on the opposite corner of the stadium.
Cameroon was the better team in the first half, while Switzerland pulled together in the second half.
After their 1-0 victory, Switzerland will face Brazil on Monday, while Cameroon will face Serbia.
Off the pitch:
Social media sensation
Abubakr Abbass, a 23-year-old from Kenya, has become a fan favorite — and random social media sensation — in Qatar.
Sits on a tennis date chair and has a large foam finger. He guides the hundreds of fans who visit the historic Souq Waqif market to the nearby metro station using his familiar megaphone.
His helpful advice: “Metro? That way. Subway? So,” has now become a buzzword.
“I saw him on TikTok. I found it really funny. He makes me laugh; it’s such an easy task,” said a young fan wearing a Chelsea soccer shirt.
Fake video about Ukrainian fans
According to CNN Breaking News, a video attributed to the news network that is circulating on social media is fake.
The video alleges that three “drunken” Ukrainian soccer fans were arrested and had also spread “Nazi symbols” in Doha.
“The video in question is completely false and CNN Breaking News has never published any news about this story,” CNN told Breaking News in a statement.
The main message of the video about the “Ukrainian Nazis” reflects pro-Russian misinformation that is circulating on the Internet.
“The basic Russian narrative for exports is the supposedly ‘Nazi’ character of Ukraine’s political regime,” Kiev-based analyst Aleksey Kushch told CNN Breaking News.
The claims “serve as justification for the war for both [a] domestic [Russian] audience and a foreign [audience],” said Kushch.
Ukraine has a number of outspoken far-right, ultranationalist and white supremacist groups, but their current influence on Ukraine’s political life is limited.