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World Cup Daily: Portugal, Brazil look like contenders in tournament debuts


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

Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0

Breel Embolo, who was born in Cameroon, scored the game-winner for Switzerland against the Indomitable Lions on Thursday. Out of respect, he didn’t celebrate his goal.

Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scores goal vs. Cameroon in 48′ | 2022 FIFA World Cup

Watch Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scoring a goal against Cameroon in the 48′ in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

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

Switzerland vs. Cameroon Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup

Switzerland held on to win 1-0.

Uruguay 0, South Korea 0

There were scoreless draws in the first round of group stage matches — four to be exact — but none was as uneventful as Uruguay-South Korea. Neither team had a shot on goal. Both teams picked up points, though, which puts them in a good position going into the final two group stage matches.

Uruguay vs. South Korea Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup

Both teams threatened late but Uruguay and South Korea came to a 0-0 draw.

Portugal 3, Ghana 2

Cristiano Ronaldo got things going for Portugal in its first game of the tournament and his teammates returned the favor, scoring two more and holding off a late comeback effort from Ghana. Portugal is now at the top of the group, and if it consistently plays like it did on Thursday, there’s no reason to believe it’ll fall from that spot.

Portugal vs. Ghana Highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo made his fifth World Cup appearance with Portugal in the first match against Ghana.

Brazil 2, Serbia 0

It’s incredible that Brazil didn’t have more goals than it did against Serbia. We knew Brazil’s attacking combinations would be unfair before a ball had even been kicked, but they lived up the hype in the first game. Of the 22 shots it took, nine were on target, and it finished with an xG of 2.34.

Brazil vs. Serbia Highlights

Brazil and Serbia faced off in their 2022 FIFA World Cup opener with solid performances on both ends


Forget Goal of the Day; this might be the Goal of the Tournament when it’s all said and done.

Richarlison puts Brazil ahead 2-0 with an acrobatic goal

Watch Brazil’s Richarlison score a goal against Serbia in the 73′ in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.


Bruno Fernandes entered the tournament as one of the world’s most dangerous setup men — he showed why on Thursday. Any later, João Félix would have been offside.

Portugal’s Joao Felix scores goal vs. Ghana

Watch Portugal’s Joao Felix scoring a goal against Ghana in the 77′ in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.


Iñaki Williams nearly bagged a late-equalizer for Ghana because he sneaked behind Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who had no idea he was there. 

Ghana ALMOST is able to tie game up with Portugal after a late-game miscue by Goalkeeper by Diogo Costa

In a WILD finish, Portugal’s Goalkeeper Diogo Costa makes a late-game miscue and doesn’t see Ghana’s Iñaki Williams who steals the ball, but falls trying to net the game-tying goal.

Had it gone in, it would have been one of the tournament’s most memorable moments — instead, it’s just our must-see moment of the day.

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

Fans of Iran and Wales won’t be the only people watching Friday’s game attentively. The United States’ hopes of advancing to the knockout stage would get a nice boost with an Iran win or draw. The last thing the U.S. needs is a Wales win.

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

After losing its opener to Ecuador, Qatar will be looking to get its first win of the tournament against a Senegal team trying to do the same. A loss would effectively disqualify the host nation from the World Cup.

Netherlands vs. Ecuador, 11 a.m. ET on FOX

Ecuador had no problem against Qatar in the opening match of the tournament — how will it fair against a Netherlands side coming off of a confidence-building win against a team many thought would be a dark-horse for the title?

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

This match will not only have a huge impact on whether the U.S. can advance from Group B, it is big enough that it has the potential to change the world’s perception of American soccer.

Coach Gregg Berhalter says his squad will attack and won’t sit back, but a draw would be a fine result for the Americans.

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