Wake up each morning to World Cup Wrap, bringing you a roundup of matches, goals and key talking points from all the night’s action.
Ronaldo in the record books
It’s fair to say that the last few months haven’t gone to plan for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Going into Portugal’s first World Cup match without a club after Manchester United terminated his contract, ending his tumultuous return to the team, he felt like nothing was right for the megastar.
But he had every reason to smile as he became the first player in history to score in five World Cups, netting a penalty to help Portugal beat Ghana 3-2.
After a scoreless first half, the match came alive when Ronaldo was found guilty of a foul in the box and after the referee dismissed Ghanaian protests, Ronaldo emphatically returned the penalty.
Ghana responded when Andre Ayew capitalized on a defensive slip to head home from yards, but Portugal regained their lead over Joao Felix soon after.
It was 3-1 in the blink of an eye when Portugal caught Ghana at the break and Bruno Fernandes slipped a fine ball for Rafael Leao to sweep home, before Osman Bukari exploited a more defense mediocre from Portugal to set up an arrival in the stands.
Richarlison doubles for Brazil
Brazil entered the tournament as favourites, and an impressive second-half display showed why hopes are so high for them in Qatar.
A brace from Richarlison, including an opening goal from the tournament contender, broke a stubborn Serbian side who worked the Selecao to victory.
Alex Sandro came closest to breaking the deadlock on the hour mark when his vicious long-range strike ricocheted off the post, but Brazil took the lead soon after when Vinicius Junior’s strike struck was parried in the way of Richarlison, who made no mistakes up close. .
The Tottenham star, who had been very on the periphery of play until his goal, then dropped jaws with a sumptuous volley for his second.
Collecting Vinicius Junior’s cross in the air, Richarlison sent the ball up, turned and smashed the ball acrobatically into the back of the net, leaving Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in goal with no chance.
Uruguay and South Korea played out a sometimes entertaining 0-0 draw, with both teams making sure to keep in touch with Portugal in Group H.
With two teams brimming with offensive quality, both teams struggled to break the other down and were mostly reduced to long range shots.
Uruguay and South Korea both had long spells of sustained possession, but neither was able to turn it into goals, with Mathias Olivera’s heavy pass on a counter-attack spoiling the team’s best chance Uruguay in the first half, while an unmarked Ui-Jo Hwang blazed disappointingly. to the other end.
Diego Godin hit the post from a corner just before half-time but chances in the second half were few as desperate defending prevented either team from taking the lead.
Federico Valverde came close to winning it late for Uruguay but his long-range effort came to rest on the post.
The Swiss see the challenge of Cameroon
Switzerland did enough to take all three points in their first group game as they won 1-0 over Cameroon.
The Swiss came into the game as favourites, but struggled to establish themselves properly in the first half and it was instead Cameroon who settled in quicker.
Wingers Karl Toko Ekambi and Bryan Mbeumo provided an outlet for Cameroon, while Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting posed a constant danger.
Only a final tackle from right-back Silvan Widmer prevented Ekambi from opening the scoring, and Switzerland made Cameroon pay for not scoring after half-time.
Xherdan Shaqiri found space on the right and picked up an unmarked Breel Embolo from six yards out and the striker made no mistake, although he opted not to celebrate the goal, which came against his native country.
Embolo’s strike was enough to give Switzerland the win as Cameroon withered in the second half innings, unable to properly test Jans Sommer in goal.
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