Richarlison scored two objectives, the second with a spectacular acrobatic kick, to assist Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 Thursday at the World Cup.
Brazil had struggled to get past the Serbian defence till Richarlison scored from shut vary within the 62nd in a buildup that began with Neymar.
Vinicius Junior assisted on each objectives.
Neymar, searching for his first main title with Brazil, stayed at 75 objectives for the nationwide workforce, two shy of Pele’s scoring document.
The Brazilian ahead had ice taped to his ankle and was crying on the bench after being substituted within the 79th minute. Neymar injured his proper ankle within the second half and was tackled onerous a number of instances through the match — limping and grimacing earlier than having to depart the sector. He was in tears on the bench as docs started treating him within the closing minutes of the sport at Lusail Stadium. He pulled his shirt over his head as docs taped ice round his foot.
Brazil workforce physician Rodrigo Lasmar mentioned Neymar sprained his ankle.
“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench after which in physiotherapy,” Lasmar mentioned. “There isn’t any check scheduled for now however we’ll schedule it if wanted. He might be beneath commentary. We will know extra tomorrow.”
Brazil coach Tite mentioned he was “assured that Neymar will proceed taking part in at the World Cup,” however Lasmar mentioned it was too early to touch upon the extent of the harm.
Tite began with an attack-minded squad that included 4 forwards — Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Raphinha and Richarlison. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta performed alongside Casemiro, the lone defensive midfielder.
Brazil’s finest probability earlier than Richarlison’s opening purpose had been a low long-range shot by Alex Sandro that hit the put up within the sixtieth. Neymar had his finest alternatives with a free kick within the fiftieth and a shot from close to the penalty spot within the fifty fifth.
The 30-year-old Neymar arrived to his third World Cup as Brazil’s essential attraction. He helped the “Selecúo” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, however has but to win a significant title with the nationwide workforce.
Brazil, attempting to win its first World Cup in twenty years, is unbeaten in its final 20 opening video games, with 17 victories. It has completed first in its group within the final 10 World Cups.
Ronaldo leads Portugal over Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took in a deep breath after which made World Cup historical past.
The Portugal striker turned the primary male participant to attain at 5 World Cups along with his Sixty fifth-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later, however Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal within the 78th and Rafael Leao added a 3rd. Osman Bukari decreased Ghana’s deficit within the 89th.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo was seeking to showcase his abilities to potential new golf equipment after having his contract terminated at Manchester United this week. After losing two good probabilities within the first half, he tumbled beneath a problem by Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu to earn a penalty.
Wheeling away after the ball struck the again of the web, a smiling Ronaldo carried out his ordinary leap and swivel within the air — the gang roared his trademark “SI-UUU” as he did the pirouette — earlier than getting mobbed by teammates.
He has now scored in each World Cup since his first in 2006 and has a document 118 worldwide objectives.
It was a wild end to a slow-burner of a World Cup match that ended with Portugal defender Danilo clearing the ball away from close to the road within the ninth minute of stoppage time. Ronaldo, who was sitting within the dugout after being substituted, put his hand on his head in reduction.
Another scoring document provides to the luster of his resume. A penalty towards Iran in 2006 began his tally of World Cup objectives — it’s now as much as eight in 18 matches — and he lifted the ball past Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati along with his newest spot kick after an extended, theatrical buildup to the penalty.
Bruno Fernandes arguably performed a extra essential position in Portugal’s win, establishing the workforce’s second and third objectives with completely weighted through-balls.
Still, Portugal’s gamers nearly threw it away after shedding their composure in a chaotic closing jiffy, that includes the comical scene of Bukari performing Ronaldo’s “SI-UUU” celebration after his purpose.
In the opposite Group H match, South Korea and Uruguay drew 0-0.
Embolo’s purpose lifts Switzerland over Cameroon
Breel Embolo’s purpose lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the World Cup on Thursday and he saved his promise to not have a good time scoring towards the nation the place he was born.
The Swiss ahead from Yaounde struck with a right-foot shot within the forty eighth minute, standing on their own eight metres out in the course of the goalmouth to take Xherdan Shaqiri’s low cross.
Embolo then pursed his lips in a wry smile and held his arms out extensive, earlier than elevating his fingers in a gesture of apology as teammates rushed to him close to the penalty spot.
He pointed towards Swiss followers behind the purpose the place he had scored then to Cameroon followers at the other nook of Al Janoub stadium.
Though an African-born participant scored, groups from Africa at the moment are scoreless via the 4 video games they’ve performed at this World Cup. All have performed higher-ranked groups, and Morocco and Tunisia earned 0-0 attracts, respectively towards Croatia and Denmark.
Cameroon’s streak of losses at World Cup finals tournaments prolonged to eight video games relationship again to 2002.
Brazil and Serbia are additionally in Group G they usually meet later Thursday.
South Korea-Uruguay ends nil-nil
Another favoured workforce has didn’t impress within the early levels of the World Cup.
This time it was South Korea holding South American energy Uruguay to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, a end result that most likely favours the Asian workforce.
The draw at Education City Stadium was yet one more early World Cup match with a stunning end result. Argentina and Germany each misplaced their opening video games in main upsets. This one hinted at being one other.
“I’m more than pleased with the end result,” Alonso mentioned. “I’m positive that this group stage might be decided by the final match. We all know the second sport is vital, and so is the third one. But this won’t have an effect on whether or not we qualify of not.”
Uruguay will subsequent face Portugal in Group H whereas South Korea performs Ghana, with each video games on Monday. The prime two groups within the group will advance to the spherical of 16.
South Korea, with ahead Son Heung-min sporting a masks to guard a damaged left eye socket, at all times regarded the extra more likely to rating towards the extra skilled Uruguayans. The South Koreans have been faster, urgent from the opening whistle.
Many South Korean followers wore Batman-like masks in solidarity with Son, who was injured on Nov. 2 in a Champions League match taking part in for English membership Tottenham. He had a number of early probabilities however appeared to tire within the second half.