The three highlights of Day 5 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup were originally shown on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Thanksgiving brought another eventful day for the World Cup football.
The fifth day in Qatar began with Switzerland beating Cameroon 1-0. After a match in which only one goal was scored, Uruguay and South Korea scored zero points in total with a 0-0 draw.
The score finally increased in the third game of the day as Portugal triumphed 3-2 over Ghana despite some late drama including a last-second blunder by goalkeeper Diogo Costa that nearly cost Portugal the win.
In the fourth and final game, Richarlison led Brazil in the heavyweight division to a 2–0 win over Serbia.
From an undeserved goal to a record-breaking goal to a world-class goal, here are three of the best moments from Thursday’s matches:
Brel Embolo of Switzerland does not celebrate a goal
The only goal in the Switzerland-Cameroon match was scored by a Cameroon-born player. But Switzerland won.
In the 48th minute, Swiss striker Brel Embolo converted an opportunity right in front of the Cameroon goal. But Embolo did not particularly celebrate the victory over his country.
Embolo was born in Cameroon and lived there until the age of 5, after which he moved to France with his mother. His mother met her future husband there, a Swiss citizen, and soon after moved to Switzerland with her children. Embolo has held a Swiss passport since 2014 and ultimately chose to continue his international career in Switzerland rather than Cameroon.
“I wish I had him on my side, but things went wrong,” Cameroon coach Rigobert Song said after the game via The Associated Press.
Ronaldo made history with a penalty
Cristiano Ronaldo has made headlines off the pitch in recent weeks for his feud with Manchester United. But just days after his contract with Manchester United was terminated, Ronaldo returned to his legendary status on the pitch.
After winning a penalty for Portugal, Ronaldo scored a goal from the penalty spot and broke the scoreline in the 65th minute.
This kick has garnered Ronaldo at least one goal in five different World Cups, a feat that no other male player has managed to achieve. He and Marta from Brazil are the only footballers to achieve such success.
Ronaldo, who was emotional before the game during the Portuguese national anthem, has now scored eight goals in World Cups.
Richarlison scored a stunning goal from a scissors kick
Brazil-Serbia turned out to be the “Richarlison Show”.
First, the Brazilian striker opened the scoring in the 62nd minute, scoring from the rebound after Vinicius Jr.’s shot.
Richarlison then scored arguably the best goal of the 2022 World Cup with a stunning 73rd-minute scissors kick.
There is still a lot of football to be played in Qatar, but it will be difficult to surpass it.