In a touching moment, Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scored the winning goal against his native country.
Cristiano Ronaldo also made World Cup history by scoring in his fifth tournament but watched helplessly as Portugal nearly lost the win against Ghana.
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BRAZIL 2 (Richarlison 62′, 73′) SERBIA 0 – 2ND HALF
Richarlison’s two goals in 11 minutes sees Brazil take on Serbia in Group G.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker broke the block as he hit the rebound home after Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic saved Vinicius Jr’s attempt.
But it was his second attempt that was really special.
Vinicius Jr. rolled a cross with the outside of his foot to Richarlison, who controlled the ball before delivering an acrobatic finish that commentator Martin Tyler described as “staggering”.
It continues Brazil’s dominance after a tame first half.
Superstar Neymar had Milinkovic-Savic’s attention in the 13th minute when the Paris Saint-German flier went straight on target from a corner but it was brushed aside.
Barcelona winger Raphinha had arguably the best chance of the first half as he played a decent one-two with Luas Paqueta and had the goal in sight, but produced a poor performance that Milinkovic-Savic easily parried.
Serbia struggled to score anything of note as they attempted to counterattack Brazil, but the World Cup favorites were up to anything that was thrown their way.
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PORTUGAL 3 (Ronaldo 65′, Joao Felix 78′, Rafael Leao 80′), GHANA 2 (Andre Ayew 73′ Osman Bukari 89)’
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cups on Thursday when he scored the opener from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.
The 37-year-old set the record when he scored his penalty in the 65th minute at the 974 Stadium in Doha to lead Fernando Santos’ side to a victory that put them top of Group H, two points ahead of Uruguay and South Korea.
Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao ensured victory after Andre Ayew’s leveler briefly threatened to ruin Ronaldo’s party.
Osman Bukari scored in the last minute for Ghana, but the lowest-ranked side of the tournament managed to pull off a shock and finished bottom of the table.
Portugal then almost entirely squandered their lead with Costa dropping the ball, unaware that Ghana’s Inaki Williams was lurking behind him as he took the ball off Costa’s feet, but slipped at the crucial moment as Portugal enjoyed a historic day waiting for a big win.
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SWITZERLAND 1 (Embolo 48′), CAMEROON 0
The second-longest losing streak in World Cup history continued after Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 at the Al Janoub Stadium.
After a shaky start, the Swiss needed just the one goal and that came from Breel Embolo, who was born in Cameroon where his father still lives.
The win means Cameroon have lost eight straight World Cup games, one below the all-time record set by Mexico, and with games against Serbia and Brazil to come, that looks good to be broken.
“We talked about the air-conditioned stadium, but this is probably one of the slowest games I’ve seen,” Sarah Walsh said on SBS.
“There was a lack of intensity, there was absolutely no pressing, players went for the ball.”
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URUGUAY, 0, SOUTH KOREA 0
The returning Son Heung-min failed to impress South Korea as the Tigers of Asia started World Cup Group H with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in Qatar.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin and Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde came closest to breaking through as they hit the woodwork in each half, while Hwang Ui-jo squandered Korea’s best chance by blowing up a shot from 10 yards and just the goalkeeper was beatable.
It was a game with few chances as neither Son at one end nor Uruguay’s feared strikers Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani could find a clear opening.
With games against Ghana and group favorites Portugal looming, both sides seemed more intent on not losing than pushing for victory at Doha’s Education City stadium.
The early part of the game developed into a predictable pattern as Korea got off to a fast start and Uruguay sat deep, soaking up the pressure without losing anything.
Above all, the South Americans kept the Korean danger man Son quiet. Uruguay created the first clear chances when central defender Jose Maria Gimenez spotted the sloping runners with two balls from across country.
Valverde clipped the first over the bar while Nunez failed to make proper contact on the second from just eight yards and the goal was at his mercy.
Just after the hour mark Korea should have been ahead after a skillful pass movement opened up the Uruguayan defence, but Hwang fired the ball unmarked ten yards from goal.
Godin then came closest to scoring, hitting the inside of the post with a header from a Valverde corner.
Neither side could bring their game changers into the game, with Son clearly not fully fit and playing his first game since undergoing surgery on a broken bone around his eye he sustained against Marseille in the Champions League earlier this month.
On the other hand, Suarez, Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer, was a marginal figure and was replaced by fellow veteran Cavani midway through the second half.
Korea seemed increasingly content with a point, but coach Paulo Bento brought in fan-favorite Lee Kang-in to inject some energy and cunning into a struggling side.
Uruguay remained the more dangerous side, however, and Cavani met Nunez, who shot just wide.
The Koreans were hearts in their mouths as Valverde brought a long shot off the post before Son fired wide at the other end as both sides had chances to win the game