Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in Portugal’s win over Ghana within the FIFA World Cup. AP
Doha: On the fifth day on the FIFA World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to place his membership troubles apart and scored in Portugal’s win over Ghana whereas additionally coming into the historical past books.
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Within the late contest, Richarlison scored a brace for Brazil towards Serbia, together with a belter, however have been rocked by an harm scare to captain Neymar.
‘5 star’ Ronaldo
Ronaldo turned the primary man to attain in 5 totally different World Cup editions as he slotted house a controversial penalty to assist Portugal down Ghana 3-2 of their Group H conflict.
The spot-kick was Ronaldo’s eighth profession aim on the World Cup and comes after a tumultuous week which noticed him make a sensational exit from Manchester United after weeks of tensions with the membership.
“It was a fantastic second, my fifth World Cup, we gained, and we began with our good foot,” Ronaldo mentioned after the win.
“It’s a vital win, we all know the primary match is essential, however the world document can also be one thing that makes me very proud.”
The penalty itself was a controversial one. Following minimal contact with Mohammed Salisu, Ronaldo crashed theatrically to the turf because the referee pointed to the spot.
Ghana coach Otto Addo described the penalty resolution as a “reward” to Ronaldo.
🇬🇭Otto Addo 🗣
“The referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty. Everybody noticed that. Why? As a result of it’s Ronaldo or one thing?”
“If someone scores a aim, congratulations. However this was actually a present. A particular reward from the referee.” pic.twitter.com/9JKSJit7wD
— George Addo Jnr (@addojunr) November 24, 2022
“I believe it was a very flawed resolution, we have been taking part in the ball… I don’t know why VAR didn’t come up, there isn’t a clarification,” Addo mentioned.
“If someone scores a aim then congrats, nevertheless it was actually a present… a particular reward from the referee.”
Brazil win emphatically
Within the late recreation, Brazil have been rocked by an harm scare involving captain Neymar after two targets from Richarlison secured a 2-0 win over Serbia in Group G.
Neymar was substituted with 11 minutes remaining and was later seen with a badly swollen proper ankle as he left the sphere.
The harm comes as flashback of the 2014 World Cup when his match was ended by a again harm.
The Brazilian skipper was additionally dominated out of the 2019 Copa America because of torn ligaments in the identical proper ankle. He additionally missed 10 weeks of the 2021/2022 season with an injured left ankle.
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Brazilian group physician Rodrigo Lasmar mentioned it was too early to provide a transparent prognosis on his newest knock.
“We have to wait 24 to 48 hours to have a greater evaluation,” Lasmar mentioned.
“We have to wait, we can’t make any untimely feedback about his evolution.”
Brazil coach Tite, nevertheless, mentioned he was assured Neymar could be match for the rest of the match.
“You may be sure that Neymar goes to play within the World Cup,” Tite instructed reporters.
The harm took the shine off a Brazilian win that got here by way of targets from Richarlison, together with a spectacular volleyed second aim.
“It’s a childhood dream come true,” he mentioned afterwards.
Switzerland win, Uruguay held
Cameroon-born Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scored the solitary aim to beat the African group.
The ahead struck three minutes into the second half at Al Janoub Stadium as Switzerland secured an important three factors.
Embolo, who transformed from a low Xherdan Shaqiri cross, selected to not rejoice towards his delivery nation.
“It’s fairly particular for him due to his hyperlinks to Cameroon — I’m very completely happy he’s taking part in for us,” mentioned Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer. “He’s at all times proper there if you want him.”
Defeat condemned Cameroon to their eighth straight loss at World Cups — a depressing run going again to 2002.
South Korea ahead Son Heung-min in motion throughout their FIFA World Cup Group H match towards Uruguay. AP
In Thursday’s different recreation, the return of Son Heung-min was not sufficient to encourage South Korea to victory with the Asian facet grinding out a 0-0 draw with Uruguay.
The Tottenham striker wore a masks to guard the harm he suffered whereas taking part in within the Champions League as South Korea took a degree of their opener.
The 30-year-old had surgical procedure for fractures round his left eye simply three weeks in the past and this was his first time taking part in competitively since.
“I really feel okay, I’m not the one one to put on a masks, some gamers put on masks. I really feel snug,” he instructed reporters afterwards.
“I’m simply completely happy to be right here, proud of the masks that I may play, it’s simply so wonderful.”
(with inputs from AFP)
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