World Cup Daily: Portugal and Brazil look like contenders for tournament debut

While Uruguay failed to live up to their pre-tournament hype in their 2022 World Cup debut, Brazil and Portugal looked as convincing as any team to play so far. Here’s everything that happened at the Worlds today and what to watch tomorrow.

Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0

Breel Emboloborn in Cameroon, scored in Switzerland’s win against the indomitable lions on Thursday. Out of respect, he didn’t celebrate his goal.

Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scores a goal against Cameroon in the 48th minute | FIFA World Cup 2022

Watch Switzerland’s Breel Embolo score a goal against Cameroon in the 48th minute of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

Cameroon picking up three points against Switzerland is huge considering who their next opponents are: Serbia and Brazil.

Highlights Switzerland vs. Cameroon | FIFA World Cup 2022

Highlights Switzerland vs.  Cameroon |  FIFA World Cup 2022

Switzerland held on to win 1-0.

Uruguay 0, South Korea 0

There were goalless draws in the first round of group stage matches – four to be exact – but none were as quiet as Uruguay-South Korea. Neither team had shots on target. Both teams have collected points, which puts them in a good position for the last two games of the group stage.

Highlights Uruguay vs. South Korea | FIFA World Cup 2022

Highlights Uruguay vs.  South Korea |  FIFA World Cup 2022

Both teams made late threats, but Uruguay and South Korea made it 0-0.

Portugal 3, Ghana 2

Cristiano Ronaldo kicked things off for Portugal in his first match of the tournament and his team-mates returned the favour, scoring two more goals and fending off a late comeback attempt by Ghana. Portugal are now top of the group, and if they play as consistently as they did on Thursday, there’s no reason to believe they will drop from that point.

Highlights Portugal vs Ghana

Highlights Portugal vs Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo made his fifth World Cup appearance for Portugal in the opening match against Ghana.

Brazil 2, Serbia 0

It is incredible that Brazil have not scored more goals than they did against Serbia. We knew Brazil’s attacking combinations would be unfair before a ball was even kicked, but they lived up to the enthusiasm in the first game. Of the 22 shots he made, nine hit and he finished with a 2.34 xG.

Highlights of Brazil vs. Serbia

Highlights of Brazil vs.  Serbia

Brazil and Serbia met in the 2022 FIFA World Cup opener with solid performances from both sides

GOAL OF THE DAY

Forget the goal of the day; that could be the focus of the tournament when all is said and done.

Richarlison puts Brazil ahead 2-0 with an acrobatic goal

Richarlison puts Brazil ahead 2-0 with an acrobatic goal

Watch Brazilian Richarlison’s goal against Serbia in the 73rd minute of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

ASSIST OF THE DAY

Bruno Fernandes entered the tournament as one of the most dangerous setup men in the world — he showed why on Thursday. Later, João Félix would be offside.

Portuguese Joao Felix scores goal against Ghana

Portuguese Joao Felix scores goal against Ghana

Watch Portugal’s Joao Felix strike against Ghana in the 77th minute of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

MOMENT TO SEE

Iñaki Williams came close to equalizing late for Ghana as he sneaked past Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who had no idea he was there.

Ghana ALMOST able to draw match with Portugal after late-game mistake by Diogo Costa’s goalkeeper

Ghana ALMOST able to draw match with Portugal after late-game mistake by Diogo Costa's goalkeeper

In a WILD finish, Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa made a late game error and missed Ghana’s Iñaki Williams who stole the ball but went down trying to score the equalizing goal.

Had he entered, it would have been one of the most memorable moments of the tournament, but it’s just our must-see moment of the day.

Wales versus Iran, 5 a.m. ET on FS1

Fans of Iran and Wales won’t be the only ones watching Friday’s match closely. US hopes of progressing to the knockout stages would get a big boost with an Iran win or draw. The last thing the US needs is a Welsh victory.

Qatar vs Senegal, 8 a.m. ET on FS1

After losing their opening match against Ecuador, Qatar will be looking to secure their first win of the tournament against a Senegalese team looking to do the same. A defeat would effectively disqualify the host nation from the World Cup.

Netherlands vs. Ecuador, 11am ET on FOX

Ecuador had no problems against Qatar in their opening match of the tournament – ​​how will it be fair against a Netherlands fresh off a confidence-building victory against a team many thought would be dark horses for the title?

England versus United States, 2 p.m. ET on FOX

Not only will this match have a huge impact on whether the United States can advance out of Group B, but it’s big enough to have the potential to change the world’s perception of American soccer.

Coach Gregg Berhalter says his team will attack and not stop, but a draw would be good for the Americans.

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