Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups, leading Portugal to a 3-2 victory over Ghana on the fifth day of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 37-year-old converted an impressive penalty in the 61st minute to put Fernando Santos’ team ahead in a Group H match at the 974 Stadium in Doha. Manchester United.
Portugal’s lead did not last long, with Ghana captain André Ayew equalizing in the 73rd minute, the first goal by an African team in this year’s tournament.
Fans of the Black Stars erupted in glee when they saw how their team did not make a single shot in the first 45 minutes.
But the jubilant scenes were short-lived as Portugal ignited the heat with João Félix and Rafael Leão scoring twice in the next seven minutes to make it 3-1 in the 80th minute.
However, any hopes of Portugal for a comfortable win were shattered by Ghana’s Osman Boukari, who made it 3-2 in the 89th minute.
A tense nine minutes of extra time followed, but Portugal held on, scoring three points to take first place in the group.
Portugal will play Uruguay on Monday. Ghana will play South Korea on the same day.
Brazil vs Serbia
Brazil started their World Cup campaign in style as Richarlison led tournament favorites to a 2-0 victory over Serbia at Lusail Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker scored just past the one-hour mark in the Group G match, and soon after scored another impressive goal in the 73rd minute.
Serbia, which put up a stubborn resistance during the first two-thirds of the game, was left chasing shadows while the Brazilian players chased the ball around and made regular raids on the opponent’s box, highlighting their reputation as the most feared side in the competition. .
But there were concerns about star striker Neymar.
The 30-year-old helped Seleção win the 2013 Confederations Cup and their first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but he pulled out against Serbia in the 80th minute with a blow to his right ankle.
Neymar already had problems with that foot and the Paris Saint-Germain player sat on the bench with his face covered while he was treated for the remainder of the match.
Brazil’s win puts them in first place in Group G, followed by Switzerland.
The South American giants, who are aiming for a sixth World Cup victory, will take on Switzerland on Monday. On the same day, Serbia will play with Cameroon.
Uruguay vs. South Korea
Uruguay and South Korea started their World Cup campaigns at the Education City stadium in Doha with a dynamic game that ended in a goalless draw.
Despite the lack of goals, the atmosphere in the stadium was electrified, with South Korean fans beating drums throughout the game.
Uruguay, known as La Celeste, came closest to scoring when Diego Godin headed the post in the first half. Federico Valverde hit the post again in the 89th minute with a long-range shot.
South Korea also had a few chances and will be disappointed that Hwang Ui-jo couldn’t do better after going unnoticed in the 37th minute.
Switzerland v Cameroon
Playing at the Al Yanoub Stadium, Switzerland beat the energetic Cameroonian side in the Group G game, maintaining their unbeaten record in the opening games of the World Cup.
Striker Bril Embolo scored the winning goal for Switzerland in the first half.
The 25-year-old was born in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé, 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 teammates celebrated around him. He pointed to the Swiss fans outside the goal where he had scored, and then to the Cameroonian fans in the opposite corner of the stadium.
Cameroon were better in the first half and Switzerland rallied in the second.
After a 1-0 win, Switzerland will play Brazil on Monday, while Cameroon will face Serbia.
Out of the field:
Social media sensation
Abubakr Abbass, a 23-year-old Kenyan, has become a fan favorite – and an occasional social media sensation – in Qatar.
Sitting in a tennis referee’s chair and wearing a Styrofoam thumb, he guides hundreds of fans visiting the historic Souq Waqif to the nearest metro station with his trusty megaphone.
His helpful tip: “Metro? Here. Underground? Like this,” has now become a catchphrase.
“I saw him on TikTok. I thought it was really funny. He makes me laugh; it’s such an easy task,” said a young fan dressed in a Chelsea football kit.
Fake video about Ukrainian fans
Al Jazeera said the video, attributed to the news network and circulating on social media, is fake.
The video claims that three “drunk” Ukrainian football fans were arrested and were also distributing “Nazi symbols” in Doha.
“The video in question is completely fake and Al Jazeera has never released 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 main Russian narrative for exports is the supposedly ‘Nazi’ nature of Ukraine’s political regime,” Oleksiy Kushch, a Kyiv-based analyst, told Al Jazeera.
Claims “serve as a justification for war as for [a] domesticated [Russian] audience and for foreign [audiences]Kusch said.
While there are a few outspoken far-right, ultra-nationalist and white supremacists in Ukraine, their current influence in Ukraine’s political life is limited.