Schweiz 1-0 Kamerun
Monaco striker Breel Embolo scored the only goal of the game and defeated Cameroon in the morning game in Qatar on Thursday.
Embolo, who received a pass from Xherdan Shaqiri in the 48th minute to score, kept his promise not to party against the country in which he was born.
The 25-year-old left Cameroon with his family when he was five years old. They settled in Switzerland, the country he now represents in a second World Cup.
The result means that all teams from Africa are goalless in the four games they’ve played so far.
This also means that Cameroon’s losing streak in World Cup tournaments has been extended to eight games from 2002.
Uruguay vs South Korea (14:00 CET)
Uruguay’s head coach Diego Alonso insisted that his players would not target the physical condition of South Korea’s star striker Son Heung-min when the two nations meet at their Group H opener on Thursday.
The fitness of Son, who is currently wearing a blue eye mask following surgery on a broken eye socket, is rated “day by day” by head coach Paulo Bento.
“We have the greatest respect for Son, but they also have other soccer players,” added Alonso.
Uruguayan captain Diego Godin joined Alonso at the press conference to suggest that he could start last year despite a knee injury.
Portugal vs Ghana (17:00 CET)
The Cristiano Ronaldo saga has dominated ahead of Portugal’s first group game but hasn’t proved to be a distraction for head coach Fernando Santos.
Portugal’s boss said on Wednesday that the problem had never arisen in the talks he’s had with the team since they landed in Qatar.
Ronaldo himself played a relaxed figure on the eve of Portugal’s opening game at the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo smiled less than 24 hours after he agreed to cancel his contract with Manchester United following a controversial interview in which he criticized the club and owners.
Portugal starts its campaign against Ghana before there are more games against Uruguay and South Korea.
Brazil versus Serbia (20:00 CET)
Serbia wants to get out of the group stage for the first time in its fourth World Cup appearance as an independent nation.
Your first step: Brazil.
Head coach Dragan Stojkovic joked about the reports that their first World Cup opponent, Brazil, would start with four strikers, Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Jr. and Richarlison.
Many of Serbia’s current players were on the team that defeated Brazil and won the U20 World Cup Cup in 2015. Two years earlier, she won France in the final of the European Under-19 Championship.
With the talent he has on his side, he announced: “Brazil has a chance to win, but Serbia also has a chance to win. So we’re not afraid of anyone in the world!