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Brazil make winning start to World Cup campaign

5-time champions Brazil got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Serbia in their Group “G’ contest at Teh Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Thursday.

The Brazilians failed to find a way past Serbia in the first half and were held at bay for the first 16 minutes of the second half before Richarlison pounced to make it 1-0 in the 62nd minute.

That strike only seemed to spur on the Brazilians who went on the hunt for more, and were rewarded when Richarlison got his second in style with a spectacular overhead kick from a Vinicius Junior assist.

Earlier, Switzerland started their campaign on a positive note after edging Cameroon 1-0.

Incidentally, it was Cameroon-born Breel Embolo who separated the teams with a 48th minute strike.

The result means the Swiss sit second in the group behind Brazil who have the superior goal difference.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo created history as Portugal assumed the ascendency Group “H” following a 3-2 win over Ghana in their contest.

Ronaldo who was taken down in the box midway the second half, stepped up to convert the resulting penalty in minute 65 to become the first player in history to score in 5 different World Cup tournaments. 

The Portuguese were pegged back in the 73rd minute when Andre Ayew converted for Ghana. However, 5 minutes later, Joao Felix restored Portgual's advantage with a smart finish.

The Portuguese made it 3-1 when Rafael Leao curled one beyond Lawrence Ati Zigi in the 80th minute.

Osmna Bukari pulled Ghana to within a goal to ensure a tense finish to the contest, but Portugal were able to see out the 3-2 win. It means Portugal sit atop the group after Uruguay and South Korea shared the points in a 0-0 draw.

The competition continues on Friday with Wales opposing Iran at 5:00 am (Jamaica time); Qatar facing Senegal at 8:00; the Netherlands meeting Equador at 11:00 and England opposing the United States at 2:00 pm.

 

 



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