4 video games are scheduled for day 9 — Monday, November 28 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Cameroon vs Serbia (Group G): 1pm (10:00 GMT), Al Janoub Stadium
South Korea vs Ghana (Group G): 4pm (13:00 GMT), Training Metropolis Stadium
Brazil vs Switzerland (Group H): 7pm (16:00 GMT), Stadium 974
Portugal vs Uruguay (Group H): 10 pm (19:00 GMT), Lusail Iconic Stadium
It’s do-or-die for Cameroon and Serbia. Each groups are going through elimination on Monday afternoon. A dropping effort by both group — making an allowance for a possible draw between Brazil and Switzerland — will spell a untimely exit for the 2 groups.
Serbia, who sit within the basement of Group G, have been downed 2-0 by Brazil, whereas Cameroon have been edged 1-0 by Switzerland — each groups are scoreless so far.
The younger and inexperienced Cameroon group can also be seeking their first win because the 2002 World Cup.
“The errors that have been made [against Switzerland] is not going to be made once more within the subsequent recreation,” coach Rigobert Track mentioned after Cameroon’s loss to the Swiss.
FIFA is presently investigating Serbia’s soccer affiliation after a nationalist flag — depicting Kosovo as a part of the Balkan nation — was photographed within the group’s dressing room after they confronted Brazil final week in Qatar.
“No remark, subsequent query,” Serbia’s head coach Dragan Stojkovic mentioned on Sunday when requested in regards to the alleged incident.
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Regulate Karl Toko Ekambi, who scored Cameroon’s World Cup-qualifying aim in a tie in opposition to Algeria. Ekambi, nevertheless, did not capitalise on one in every of Cameroon’s higher offensive alternatives in opposition to a mediocre Switzerland within the recreation’s opening half.
Cameroon’s Choupo-Moting is one other fan favorite seeking to make an influence on the scoresheet.
Serbia are reeling from quite a few accidents, most notably, 28-year-old talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic, who broke the file for probably the most targets scored in an English league season final yr.
However it’s not all dangerous information for Serbia: after lacking the group’s first recreation in opposition to Brazil as a result of harm, winger Filip Kostic is on the market for choice on Monday, though it’s not clear if he’ll begin.
“The state of affairs will not be wonderful, however I’m happy examine[d] with what we had earlier than. The state of affairs is healthier and that makes me glad,” Stojkovic instructed reporters on Sunday.
South Korea and Ghana are desperately seeking to take a win after dropping factors of their first matches within the tightly contested Group H.
On Wednesday, a scrappy South Korea drew 0-0 in opposition to Uruguay, whereas Ghana are coming off a simmering 2-3 loss to Cristiano Ronaldo’s mighty Portugal on the identical day.
The specter of potential elimination has not diminished South Korea’s hopes, despite the fact that they’re neck-and-neck with Uruguay with just one level of their grouping.
“I mentioned earlier I don’t really feel any stress, I by no means did and by no means will,” South Korea’s coach Paulo Bento instructed reporters on Sunday.
“In the course of the first recreation, we had an opportunity of no less than making certain a third-place end. Within the second recreation, we’ll maintain this chance … we’ll enter the sector with a concentrate on a win,” he mentioned.
South Korea, ranked twenty eighth, are showing of their eleventh World Cup — probably the most for any Asian nation.
Ghana are ranked 61st and it’s their fourth World Cup.
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All eyes will likely be on South Korea’s captain Son Heung-min.
Battling the aftermath of an eye-socket fracture, he commanded South Korea’s offensive drive within the scoreless match in opposition to Uruguay. He was fitted with a facemask for his final recreation after present process surgical procedure earlier this month.
We are able to affirm that Heung-Min Son will bear surgical procedure to stabilise a fracture round his left eye.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2022
Soccer followers will recall Heung-min scored South Korea’s two of the three targets after they superior from the group stage at Russia’s 2018 World Cup.
It’s unclear if South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, who sustained a calf harm in opposition to Uruguay, will play on Monday. Ahead Hwang Hee-chan can also be sidelined as a result of a hamstring harm.
Ghana, led by their fearless captain, André Ayew and feisty Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus, will likely be hoping to inject some much-needed life into the Black Stars offensive unit on Monday.
Match favourites Brazil, seeking their sixth World Cup, are recent off a 2-0 win over Serbia as they put together to tackle a Swiss group which cruised to a lacklustre 1-0 victory over Cameroon final week.
Switzerland, ranked fifteenth, face a steep problem squaring off in opposition to quantity one-ranked Brazil on Monday, although they are going to be with out star participant Neymar.
The 2 groups have drawn on two prior events, most not too long ago 1-1 on the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2-2 on the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
Brazil may make historical past if they’ll handle a win on Monday.
They’re undefeated of their previous 16 World Cup group-stage matches — courting again virtually a quarter-century after they have been overwhelmed by Norway in 1998. No group has ever gone to 17 group-stage matches with out defeat.
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Brazil’s 25-year-old striker Richarlison is recent off a strong two-goal efficiency in opposition to Serbia, bringing his scoring tally to 9 in seven appearances for the Seleção Canarinho.
Brazilian heavyweight Neymar will likely be notably absent from Monday’s lineup as a result of an ankle harm. He’s anticipated to take a seat out two video games. Brazil could battle with out him.
Arsenal co-captain Granit Xhaka has had a stellar season
Portugal vs Uruguay
A plucky Portugal, led by celebrity striker Cristiano Ronaldo, wish to punch their ticket to World Cup’s knockout levels with a win over Uruguay Monday night time.
Uruguay, for his or her half, haven’t but discovered the again of the web in Qatar — or the entrance of it for that matter — failing to register a shot on track of their scoreless draw with South Korea final week. A loss on Monday will severely slender Uruguay’s odds of creating it out of the group levels.
Uruguay, who knocked Portugal out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 2-1 victory, are hoping for a repeat efficiency on Monday — however are equally cautious of the “harmful” Portuguese squad.
“About what occurred 4 years in the past, it’s a unique match, we now have completely different gamers, it is going to be a very completely different match,” Uruguay’s coach Diego Alonso mentioned at a information convention on Sunday.
He added: “Portugal [have] an excellent squad, they’ve wonderful gamers, they’ve an exquisite coach with extensive expertise. That makes them a harmful group. However, we even have our personal weapons. We are going to attempt to win, we’ll deliver our A recreation.”
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Regardless of his latest struggles and controversies on the membership stage, Ronaldo soared in Portugal’s 3-2 victory over Ghana, changing into the primary males’s soccer participant in historical past to attain in 5 World Cups. He will likely be hungry on Monday to safe Portugal’s spot within the remaining 16.
“United and targeted. In direction of our aim,” Ronaldo tweeted on Sunday in anticipation of the showdown with Uruguay.
Unidos e focados. Rumo ao nosso objectivo.🇵🇹🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/MYEaxlener
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 27, 2022
Seasoned Uruguay strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are La Celeste’s finest shot at hitting again at a menacing Portuguese offence.
Diego Godin can even be keen so as to add an offensive spark. He had one in every of Uruguay’s finest possibilities in its 0-0 draw with South Korea, practically placing the group on the scoreboard with a header that ricocheted off the put up.
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