Switzerland triumphed against Cameroon, another draw this time between Uruguay and South Korea, and both Portugal and Brazil sealed a victory against Ghana and Serbia respectively. Here is your latest WorldCup22 Post-Match Recap!
The Rundown: Switzerland vs Cameroon
In a nail-biting Group G opener, Switzerland prevailed, extending Cameroon’s quest for a World Cup title by 20 years.
Bryan Mbeumo, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa all saw first-half opportunities rejected by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer as the Indomitable Lions sought their first finals victory since 2002.
Just before halftime, Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji headed a corner kick wide from a promising position, wasting a golden opportunity for the Swiss, who have advanced to the quarterfinals in three of the last four World Cups.
Just three minutes into the second half, Cameroonian Breel Embolo side-footed home Xherdan Shaqiri’s first-time cross for the opening goal.
Player of the game: Breel Embolo
Despite Cameroon’s breakaway opportunities after Embolo’s goal, Switzerland looked like the more likely team to win during the second half. Murat Yakin’s Switzerland needed three points badly in Group G with Brazil and Serbia yet to come.
Switzerland v Cameroon final results
The Swiss, who will face World Cup favorites Brazil on Monday, November 28th, had opportunities to score late goals through Ruben Vargas and substitute Haris Seferovic. Cameroon faces Serbia on Monday, needing to recover from an eighth straight World Cup loss. Head to our World Cup 2022 fixtures Singapore time page for our complete World Cup roadmap.
The Rundown: Uruguay vs South Korea
While they had two shots on goal, Uruguay’s Group H opener loss to South Korea prevented them from claiming their third World Cup victory in as many tries.
In his fourth World Cup appearance, veteran defender Diego Godin slammed a header off a corner kick against the post just before halftime, and Federico Valverde’s thundering late shot also smacked the crossbar.
South Korea missed a golden opportunity when Hwang Ui-jo blasted over the bar from close range in the 34th minute of their 10th consecutive participation in the finals.
Both Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, who was playing with a protective mask after facial surgery, curled shots high and wide, and neither team scored.
Player of the game: Federico Valverde
Federico Valverde’s ferocious drive from just outside the box smashed against the outside of the woodwork as time expired for Uruguay, and then Son rushed up the other end and hammered just wide from distance. If you’ve witnessed the action at our World Cup 2022 livestream, one of the highlights of the game was definitely when Uruguay’s Valverde smacked the post with a powerful shot from long range.
Uruguay v South Korea final results
The result was the fourth scoreless tie in as many World Cup matches (14 total) after just one in 64 in 2018. Both South Korea and Uruguay have upcoming matches on Monday, November 28; South Korea takes on Ghana and Uruguay play Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.
The Rundown: Portugal vs Ghana
A five-goal thriller saw Portugal beat Ghana for a 1-0 start in Group H, with Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the first player to score in 5 World Cups.
Portugal dominated play from the opening whistle and almost capitalized on their early possession advantage, but Lawrence Ati-Zigi made a crucial save from Ronaldo before the forward blasted a far-post header over the crossbar.
Just after the half-hour mark, the ball was in the Ghana net thanks to a typically confident Ronaldo finish, but it was called out because the Portugal captain had tripped Alexander Djiku.
The second half began with Portugal again on the attack, but suddenly they were given a fantastic opportunity when Ronaldo was brought down by Mohammed Salisu and scored his 118th international goal from the penalty spot.
Osman Bukari headed Ghana back into it in the 89th minute and then taunted Ronaldo with his celebration, giving the African nation hope. In the last seconds, Ghana almost stole a draw when Inaki Williams skillfully caught Costa, but he slipped as he attempted to sneak in ahead of the goalkeeper.
Player of the game: Bruno Fernandes
The spotlight was back on Ronaldo, but he was far from his best performance. Bruno Fernandes, one of his teammates, stood relatively close to him. Portugal’s second and third goals were set up by the 28-year-old, a former club teammate of Ronaldo’s who orchestrated the entire game with his characteristic through balls.
Portugal v Ghana final results
This is almost certainly Ronaldo’s last chance to capture one of the very few trophies he has never won. When his agreement with Manchester United ended after his fiery and highly critical interview with Piers Morgan, it provided some perspective on a trying week.
The Rundown: Brazil vs Serbia
With two goals from the Tottenham striker in the second half, Richarlison continued his hot scoring streak for Brazil as the five-time champions launched their World Cup challenge with a 2-0 win over Serbia in Group G. Checking out World Cup betting odds 2022, Brazil is indeed set to be the absolute favorite to win the Qatar World Cup.
While Brazil had the majority of possession in the first half, they were unable to pose any serious problems for the well-drilled Serbian defense. Neymar’s ingenious inswinging corner was just narrowly saved by goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic Savic, and they were forced to rely on such spurts of individual inventiveness and inspiration.
Raphinha, who played on the other wing to Vinicius Junior, came closest to breaking the deadlock for Brazil, but his effort was blocked by the goalie after he and Lucas Paqueta exchanged passes, and Vinicius Junior’s shot was also stopped sharply.
Within seconds of the restart, Brazil upped the tempo, forcing Vanja Milinkovic-Savic to make a save from Raphinha before Neymar sliced a Vinicius cross wide.
Player of the game: Richarlison
It’s no secret that Richarlison gets emotional when discussing his desire to play for his nation, so tonight must have been the night he’s been waiting for. He was at the front of the pack for Brazil, and he was also showing the way.
He is surrounded by talented teammates who will open doors for him. Neymar was conjuring up assistance from the sidelines, with Vinicius and Raphinha on his left and right, respectively. It was up to Richarlison to maintain a central position and score on any opportunities that arose.
Brazil v Serbia final results
On the hour mark, Alex Sandro’s long-range attempt hit the post, but two minutes later, the South American team took the lead. The play started with a foray into the area by Neymar, who saw the ball break to Vinicius. Milinkovic-Savic blocked Vinicius’s low shot, but Richarlison was there to tap in the rebound.
The second goal scored by the Tottenham striker was even more impressive. Even in the final minutes, when Casemiro curled a shot off the crossbar, Brazil kept pressing forward, but the South American team had already clinched a convincing victory.That’s a wrap on all the news and highlights. Don’t forget that there are amazing best World Cup bet offers to take advantage of at Solarbet right now!