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 has played so far. Here’s everything that happened at the World Cup today and what to watch tomorrow.

Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0

Breel Embolowho was born in Cameroon, scored the match-winner for Switzerland against the irrepressible Lions on Thursday. Out of respect, he did not celebrate his goal.

The Swiss Breel Embolo scores a goal against Cameroon in 48′ | 2022 FIFA World Cup

The Swiss Breel Embolo scores a goal against Cameroon in 48' |  2022 FIFA World Cup

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

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

Switzerland vs. Cameroon Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup

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 as uneventful as Uruguay-South Korea. Neither team had a shot on target. However, both teams picked up points, which puts them in a good position in the final two group stage matches.

Uruguay vs. South Korea Highlights | 2022 FIFA World Cup

Uruguay vs.  South Korea Highlights |  2022 FIFA World Cup

Both teams threatened late on, but Uruguay and South Korea drew 0-0.

Portugal 3, Ghana 2

Cristiano Ronaldo got things going for Portugal in his first game of the tournament and his teammates provided a service, scoring two more and holding off a late Ghana comeback. Portugal are now top of the group and if they consistently play as they did on Thursday, there is no reason to believe they will drop from that spot.

Portugal vs. Ghana highlights

Portugal vs.  Ghana highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo made his fifth World Cup appearance for Portugal in the first game against Ghana.

Brazil 2, Serbia 0

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

Brazil vs. Serbia Highlights

Brazil vs.  Serbia Highlights

Brazil and Serbia met in their 2022 FIFA World Cup opener with solid performances at both ends

TODAY’S GOAL

Forget today’s goals; this might be the goal of the tournament when it’s all said and done.

Richarlison puts Brazil 2-0 up with an acrobatic goal

Richarlison puts Brazil 2-0 up with an acrobatic goal

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

TODAY’S ASSISTANT

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

Portugal’s Joao Felix scores a goal against Ghana

Portugal's Joao Felix scores a goal against Ghana

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

MUST SEE MOMENTS

Iñaki Williams almost got a late equalizer for Ghana because he snuck in behind Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who had no idea he was there.

Ghana ALMOST able to end the match with Portugal after a miscue late in the match by goalkeeper Diogo Costa

Ghana ALMOST able to end the match with Portugal after a miscue late in the match by goalkeeper Diogo Costa

In a WILD finish, Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa makes a late mistake and misses Ghana’s Iñaki Williams, who steals the ball but falls trying to create the equaliser.

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 ones watching Friday’s game closely. USA’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stage would get a nice boost with an Iran win or draw. The last thing the US needs is a Wales win.

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

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

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

Ecuador had no trouble against Qatar in the opening match of the tournament – how will that fair against a Dutch side coming off a confidence-boosting win against a team many thought would be a dark horse for the title?

England vs. USA, 2 PM ET on FOX

This game will not only have a big impact on whether the USA 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 team will attack and won’t sit back, but a draw would be a nice result for the Americans.

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