World Cup Qatar 2022 – Day 5

The four teams from Group G and H made their debut at the Qatari World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player to score in 5 different World Cups and favorites, Brazil beat Serbia. Find out what happened on Day 5.

Group G
B. Embolo 48′

Switzerland: F. Frei 72′, N. Okafor 72′, H. Seferovic 72′, F. Rieder 81′, E. Comert 90′,
Cameroon: G. Ondoua 68′, V. Aboubakar 74′, G. N’Koudou 74′, N. Moumi Ngamaleu 81′

In an relatively slow paced game, Switzerland struggled early on, Cameroon had the better first half. However Sommer kept the clean sheet and the defense led by Manchester City’s Akanji worked well. Embolo managed to score right after the break, from a Shaqiri assist to give them the lead though and Cameroon didn’t have the quality to equalise. All and all, in a group with Brazil and Serbia, this doesn’t look enough to go through, for Rigobert Song and his Cameroonian boys.

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Group H

Uruguay: E. Cavani 64′, N. de la Cruz 79′, M. Vina 79′, Guillermo Varela 88′
South Korea: Cho Gue-Sung 74′, Son Jun-Ho 74′, Lee Kang-In 74′

In a contested match in Group H, Uruguay and South Korea managed to cancel each other out. With both team’s xG being close to 0.5, you can imagine that this was definitely not the game of the tournament. Uruguay did manage to hit the post 2 times though, which is the closest these two teams got to scoring.

Group H
C. Ronaldo 65′(p)
Joao Felix 78′
R. Leao 80′
A. Ayew 73′
O. Bukari 89′

Portugal: W. Carvalho 56′, R. Leao 77′, J. Palhinha 88′, G. Ramos 88′, Joao Mario 88′
Ghana: T. Lamptey 66′, O. Bukari 77′, J. Ayew 77′, D. Kyereh 90′, A. Semenyo 90′

Group H’s other match was way more entertaining, Portugal and Ghana put up a show! After a goalless first half, the goals started coming in the second. First it was a Ronaldo penalty, only for Ayew to equalise 8 minutes later. 5 more minutes later Bruno found a great pass to Joao Felix who scored to make it 2-1. The same Bruno assisted Leao for Portugal’s 3rd. Ghana made it 3-2 in the 89th and they were close to equalising in extra time, after a huge Diogo Costa error. The game ended 3-2 though and Ronaldo became the only player in history to score in 5 World Cups.

Richarlison 62′
Richarlison 73′

Brazil: Fred 75′, Rodrygo 75′, G. Jesus 79′, Antony 79′, G. Martinelli 87′
Serbia: I. Ilic 57′, N. Radonjic 57′, D. Lazovic 66′, D. Vlahovic 66′, N. Maksimovic 83

Brazil dominated most of the game against Serbia, despite not having a lot of clear cut chances in the first half. Richarlison did manage to break the deadlock in the second half, after a nice Neymar move and a Vini Jr shot deflected by the Serbian keeper. The second goal came soon after, after a Vini Jr assist and a great Richarlison bicycle kick. Neymar had to come off with a knock and the fans of Selecao will hope that his injury is not serious. Brazil are looking good though.