Cristiano Ronaldo made history when he became the first player to make five World Cup appearances, leading Portugal to a 3-2 win over Ghana on Day 5 of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 37-year-old scored a 61st-minute penalty to give Fernando Santos’ side the lead in the Group H match at the Stadium 974 in Doha, with the player looking to showcase his skills to potential new clubs after a nasty split this week. Manchester United.
Portugal’s advantage was short-lived when Ghanaian captain Andre Ayew pulled his team back in the 73rd minute, scoring the African team’s first goal at this year’s tournament.
Black Stars fans were delighted to see their team fail to score a single shot in the first 45 minutes.
But the good looks were short-lived, as Portugal turned up the heat with Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scoring twice in the next seven minutes to make it 3-1 on 80 minutes.
Any hope that Portugal had of progressing to victory, however, were dashed by Ghana’s Osman Bukari, who made it 3-2 in the 89th minute.
Nine minutes of extra time followed but Portugal held on to take the three points and put themselves top of the group.
Portugal are in action again on Monday against Uruguay. Ghana play South Korea on the same day.
Brazil vs Serbia
Brazil opened their World Cup campaign in style with Richarlison inspiring the fans to a 2-0 win over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored on the hour mark for Group G and added an impressive second goal after just 73 minutes.
Serbia, who held a commanding lead for two-thirds of the game, were left to chase shadows as the Brazilians circled the ball and attacked their opponents’ boxes, proving to be the most dangerous team in the competition. .
But there were concerns about the player Neymar.
The 30-year-old helped the Selecao win the 2013 Confederations Cup and his first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games but retired against Serbia in the 80th minute after receiving a knock on his right leg.
Neymar has had problems with his foot in the past and the Paris St Germain forward is on the bench with a bruised face as he receives treatment for the rest of the game.
Brazil’s win leaves them top of Group G, followed by Switzerland.
The South American giants, who are looking for a sixth World Cup victory, will play Switzerland on Monday. Serbia will play Cameroon on the same day.
Uruguay vs South Korea
Uruguay and South Korea kicked off their World Cup campaign at the Education City Stadium in Doha with a thrilling game that ended in a tie.
Despite the lack of goals, the atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with South Korean fans banging their drums throughout the game.
Uruguay – known as La Celeste – came closest to scoring 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 range effort.
South Korea also had a few chances and were disappointed that Hwang Ui-jo couldn’t do more after being unmarked on 37 minutes.
Switzerland vs Cameroon
Playing at the Al Janoub stadium, Switzerland cruised past Cameroon in their Group G match, maintaining their unbeaten record in their opening World Cup.
Forward Breel Embolo scored Switzerland’s goal in the first half.
The 25-year-old was born in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, but moved to Switzerland with his family and became a Swiss citizen when he turned 18.
After scoring, Embolo raised his hands in apology as his teammates celebrated around him. He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal he scored, then to the Cameroonian fans on the other side of the stadium.
Cameroon were the better side in the first half, while Switzerland pulled away for the second time.
Following their 1-0 win, Switzerland are set to play Brazil on Monday, while Cameroon face Serbia.
Social media sensation
Abubakr Abbass, a 23-year-old Kenyan, has emerged as a fan favorite – and accidental media sensation – in Qatar.
Seated in a tennis-umpire’s chair and wearing a foam thumb, he leads hundreds of fans visiting the old market, called Souq Waqif, to the nearest metro station with the help of his trusty megaphone.
His helpful advice, “Metro? Let’s go this way. Metro? This way,” has now become a catchphrase.
“I saw him on TikTok. I thought it was really funny. He makes me laugh; it’s an easy job,” said a football fan wearing a Chelsea football shirt.
Fake video about Ukrainian fans
Al Jazeera has said that the video, which is known as news on the Internet and is spreading on social networks, is fake.
The video claims that “drunk” Ukrainian football fans were arrested and also spread “Nazi symbols” in Doha.
“The video in question is fake and Al Jazeera has not published any news related to this issue,” Al Jazeera said in a statement.
The main message of the “Ukrainian Nazi” video is similar to the Russian propaganda spread on the Internet.
“The main Russian export story is the alleged ‘Nazi’ nature of the Ukrainian government,” Kyiv analyst Aleksey Kushch told Al Jazeera.
The claim “serves as a justification for both wars [a] domestic [Russian] the audience is outsiders [audiences]”, said Kushch.
Although Ukraine has a number of right-wing, nationalist and white nationalist groups, their political influence in Ukraine is limited.