Portugal survived a wild end in opposition to Ghana to earn the three factors on Thanksgiving.
Can Serbia be a part of the social gathering in opposition to Brazil?
The Thanksgiving World Cup slate of matches continues with Neymar coming to the desk.
Switzerland took down Cameroon 1-0 to kick off the morning, whereas Suarez and Uruguay battled Son Heung-min and South Korea to a 0-0 draw within the day’s second match.
Portugal pulled out a 3-2 victory in opposition to Ghana. However, it did not come with out some late-match fireworks. Ronaldo scored within the sixty fifth minute to turn out to be the primary male participant to attain in 5 World Cups.
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Brazil now steps into the highlight. It begins its World Cup journey armed with 9 forwards. Can Neymar set a brand new Brazilian file for objectives scored and assist his nation hoist the World Cup trophy for the primary time in 20 years?
Halftime: Brazil, Serbia tied 0-0
Brazil and Serbia performed a scoreless first half of their Group G opener. Brazil had a number of adjustments in opposition to goalie Vanja Milinkovic. They recorded 4 pictures on aim and held the ball for 59% of the time.
Serbia performed a powerful first half. There have been some good moments, however not a lot to problem the Brazilian protection. Serbia has one shot on aim within the sport.
Brazil challenges Milinkovic in twenty sixth minute
Vinicius Jr. has an excellent probability at Brazil’s first aim. He acquired a contact move from Thiago Silva and challenged Vanja Milinkovic at the aim.
Milinkovic made a clutch save to drill the ball out of the 18-yard field. Brazil later arrange a set piece however was denied on the following play.
Aleksandar Mitrovic energetic in opposition to Brazil; Starting lineups set
Serbia can have striker Aleksandar Mitrovic out there in opposition to Brazil tonight. Mitrovic was nursing a foot harm forward of group stage play.
Mitrovic will crew with Dusan Vlahovic to assault Brazil with early scoring possibilities.
Portugal withstands wacky closing minutes
Nine minutes of stoppage time, and Ghana let all of it hang around.
The sport went end-to-end for a stable 5 minutes, with Diogo Costa almost shedding the ball 40 yards from his personal aim at one level, after which having the ball taken off his foot contained in the field within the closing seconds. Somehow, Portugal managed to wriggle out of a number of jams to hold onto the three factors.
It did not need to be this tough, and Ghana appears prefer it might be critical hassle for Uruguay and South Korea, however Portugal leads Group H on three factors. — Jason Anderson
Triple sub for Portugal adopted by a right away Ghana aim
Ronaldo, Félix, and Bernardo Silva all come out for Portugal, with Fulham’s João Palhinha and the Benfica duo João Mário Gonçalo Ramos. It’s a transfer designed to kill the sport off, nevertheless it instantly goes awry. Ghana substitute Osman Bukari heads dwelling a cross from the left after João Cancelo appears to lose his manner. Bukari even celebrates with Ronaldo’s trademark “siuuu” transfer. Is there time for Ghana to finish a miracle comeback? — Jason Anderson
Félix, Leão carry Portugal
This sport has gone from measured to wild within the blink of a watch.
Ghana, rising in confidence, tried to construct one other assault, however Portugal made it pay. Bruno Fernandes performed an unimaginable via ball for Félix, who completed from an acute angle previous Ati-Zigi to revive Portugal’s lead.
Then, simply two minutes later, the Portuguese strike once more. AC Milan’s Rafael Leão got here on seconds earlier than Félix’s aim, and acquired on the scoresheet with probably his first contact. It’s the same sequence, with Portugal taking part in in behind the upper line Ghana has taken as the sport wore on, and Leão fires previous Ati-Zigi. — Jason Anderson
Ayew stabs dwelling an equalizer
Ghana provide up the right response, and it is 11 within the 73rd minute. A flowing attacking transfer did not fairly pan out for Ghana, however Portugal by no means actually escaped, and André Ayew — Ghana’s captain, who performs his membership soccer in Qatar with Al-Sadd — is on the spot after the busy Kudus did wonderful work to place a low cross into the goalmouth. — Jason Anderson
Ronaldo converts spot kick
Ronaldo and Mohammed Salisu converged contained in the field in pursuit of João Félix’s via ball, with the previous Manchester United attacker hitting the deck. There’s contact, however sufficient for a penalty kick? Elfath says sure, and VAR is not arriving to overrule the decision.
Ronaldo takes the spot kick himself and he powers his shot previous Ati-Zigi. It’s 1-0 to Portugal, and Ronaldo is now the primary male participant to attain in 5 World Cups. — Jason Anderson
Portugal goes to bench, tempers beginning to fray
William Carvalho, nicknamed the “Velvet Tank,” is available in for Otávio, with Bruno Fernandes transferring up onto the ahead line. Meanwhile, Alidu Seidu will get a yellow card after fouling João Félix, and there is almost a headbutt from Seidu within the aftermath. This sport is at a simmer, and Elfath could have a busy closing half-hour on his palms if it is to be stored from boiling over. — Jason Anderson
Ghana occurring the offensive
Both managers persist with the identical lineups popping out of the break. Moments into the second half, André Ayew picks up a yellow card, becoming a member of Mohammed Kudus in Elfath’s pocket book. Meanwhile, Ghana has began to pose extra of an attacking menace, getting their first shot try of all the match away and exposing some barely nervous Portuguese defending. — Jason Anderson
USMNT gamers have ties to England
Had issues gone a little bit in a different way, 4 Americans might be taking part in for England on Friday night time slightly than making an attempt to beat them.
Yunus Musah, Antonee Robinson, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gio Reyna have been all both born in England or grew up there, making them eligible to signify the Three Lions. But every, for various causes, chose to play for the United States.
Like the nation they signify, the USMNT has at all times been a melting pot. There are kids of immigrants and people whose households have been within the United States for generations. Some know nothing however the United States whereas others have been born or grew up in different international locations. Some have been residents since start whereas others have dad and mom, or grandparents, who supplied the connection.
No matter how they got here to being American, nevertheless, they’re all equally crimson, white and blue. — Nancy Armour
Halftime: Portugal, Ghana scoreless
Portugal has spent almost each second of the final 35 or so minutes inside 40 yards of Ghana’s aim, nevertheless it hasn’t discovered any openings contained in the field since Ronaldo’s goal-that-wasn’t.
Despite Portugal knocking on the door fairly loudly, Ghana has been capable of produce the block or interception wanted to maintain Ati-Zigi from having saves to make. It stays to be seen whether or not it may possibly make this final for 90 minutes, however Ghana needs to be pleased about the way it has pissed off Portugal to date. — Jason Anderson
Ronaldo thinks he has a aim
Just as Ghana gave the impression to be settling right into a defensive groove, Ronaldo and Mohammed Djiku collided over a hopeful thirtieth minute move excessive. Ronaldo received it, took a contact into the field, and fired previous Ati-Zigi. American referee Ismail Elfath instantly waved the aim off, although, calling the Portugal captain for a foul.
A slender name both manner, and one Ronaldo was not pleased about. — Jason Anderson
Ati-Zigi denies Ronaldo
Ghana’s Lawrence Ati-Zigi has solely had one save to make, nevertheless it was a giant one.
A turnover rapidly noticed Ronaldo bearing down on aim, however the St. Gallen goalkeeper charged out quick sufficient to shut the angle and make the cease. Portugal is having loads of possession, however outdoors of a nervy couple of minutes on both facet of this opportunity (adopted shortly by Ronaldo heading a cross over the crossbar after a nook kick), Ghana is maintaining the tempo at a manageable tempo and holding its personal. — Jason Anderson
Cristiano Ronaldo will begin for Portugal and Ghana goes with a 5-4-1 lineup.
Portugal lineup (4-3-3): Diogo Costa; João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Raphaël Guerreiro; Bruno Fernandes, Rúben Neves, Bernardo Silva; Otávio, Cristiano Ronaldo, João Félix.
Ghana lineup (5-4-1): Lawrence Ati-Zigi; Alidu Seidu, Alexander Djiku, Daniel Amartey, Mohammed Salisu, Baba Rahman; Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey, Salis Abdul Samed, André Ayew; Iñaki Williams
Portugal unsurprisingly provides a begin to the now-clubless Ronaldo, who highlights one of many strongest lineups within the event. Ghana, in the meantime, will depart Athletic Bilbao ahead Iñaki Williams — whose brother, Nico, can be taking part in on this event with the Spanish nationwide crew — alone up prime within the hopes of a counter-attacking aim. — Jason Anderson
What’s on the road for legacies of Messi and Ronaldo?
Neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo has received a World Cup throughout their illustrious careers.
Former USMNT and MLS participant Brian Dunseth, in addition to Emily Olsen of USA TODAY Sports+, debate what this 12 months’s World Cup may imply for the legacies of two of essentially the most adorned gamers within the sport’s historical past.
A glance at stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
The twenty second World Cup kicks off Sunday in Qatar, that includes 32 elite soccer groups in 64 matches over 29 days. Qatar, with a inhabitants of two.7 million in a rustic smaller than the state of Connecticut, is the smallest World Cup host nation since Switzerland in 1954. It can be the primary nation within the Middle East to host the event.
Under a well-documented cloud of labor exploitation and human rights abuses, a lot of the eight lavishly appointed stadiums serving as World Cup websites have been constructed or up to date with the flexibility to chop capability after the event or to be repurposed altogether as a part of a sustainability drive. Qatar has pledged 170,000 eliminated stadium seats to creating international locations in want of sports-related infrastructure.
Here are the eight World Cup stadiums. — Stephen J. Beard
Uruguay, South Korea tie 0-0
Uruguay and South Korea performed to a scoreless tie. Both groups had late possibilities to attain. Attempt missed. South Korea’s Son Heung-Min missed a shot from outdoors the field at the ninetieth minute. Uruguay’s Federico Valverde hit the left publish from outdoors the field within the 89th minute. South Korea’s Hwang In-Beom missed from outdoors the field misses within the 94th minute.
Switzerland’s Embolo refuses to have fun aim vs. Cameroon, his start nation
Switzerland striker Breel Embolo was filled with emotion after his winning goal against Cameroon, for quite a lot of causes.
Scoring any aim at a World Cup is a milestone however for Embolo, Thursday’s strike within the forty eighth minute of an eventual 1-0 win went a lot deeper.
Embolo was born in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé and moved to France at age 5, earlier than settling in Switzerland shortly afterwards. The Monaco striker has referred to himself as Cameroon’s largest fan.
Embolo acquired on the tip of a Xherdan Shaqiri cross and powered dwelling a end from shut vary, earlier than elevating his arms in a muted, if not apologetic celebration.
“I advised him, ‘Breel, friendship until the start, then they are your opponents,’” said Switzerland coach Murat Yakin after the game. “Football writes such stories but he completed his mission.” — Seth Vertelney, Pro Soccer Wire.
Uruguay, South Korea scoreless at halftime
Uruguay’s Diego Godín almost netted the first goal in the closing minutes of the first half, but he hit the left post on his attempted header from the center of the box.
After a battle in the midfield, Uruguay has started to find its footing. In the 21st minute Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez were both looking to get on the end of a cross inside the box. Nunez timed his jump wrong and missed a prime opportunity in front of goal.
Ten minutes later South Korea had a chance of its own. Hwang Ui-Jo’s short range shot flew over the crossbar. Still scoreless approaching halftime.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, U.S. men’s national team goalscorer Tim Weah joined Good Morning America to discuss his goal vs. Wales, facing England and his soccer family history. His dad, George, was the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and now president of Liberia.
Son is South Korea’s star. He plays his club soccer for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. For South Korea, he has 35 goals in 104 international appearances.
Son is wearing a mask against Uruguay due to a left eye socket fracture, which happened earlier this month against Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League. He has not played in three weeks.
“He knows, and we know, that after this injury we cannot rule out any risks,” coach Paulo Bento said.
Son gets the start opposite Jose Gimenez. The South Korean superstar makes his return after fracturing his face Nov. 2 during a Champions League game.
For Uruguay, Luis Suarez makes his fourth World Cup appearance. He will line up next to Darwin Nunez, 23, who is making his 14th overall appearance for Uruguay and third alongside Suarez.
Something bonkers happens at every FIFA World Cup.
The type of moments that make you scream, “what just happened?!?”
From David Beckham’s ejection during the 1998 World Cup and Diego Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup to Zinedine Zidane’s shocking headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final and Suarez biting another player, here’s a look at the craziest moments from previous World Cups.
Embolo leads Switzerland past Cameroon
Switzerland won it’s opening game, beating Cameroon 1-0 and Breel Embolo, who was born in Cameroon, scored the only goal. Brazil and Serbia face off to finish opening day fro Group G.
Switzerland takes 1-0 lead vs. Cameroon
Switzerland’s Breel Embolo, who was born in Cameroon, nails a shot from the center of the box to break the scoreless tie in the 49th minute.
Switzerland, Cameroon tied at halftime
Switzerland and Cameroon went into halftime with the score tied 0-0 as Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer kept Cameroon off the scoreboard, making two saves in the first half.
Whether it was Landon Donovan’s late winner in 2010 or Diego Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” for Argentina in 1986, the World Cup has delivered memorable moments on a global stage for over 90 years.
Going into this year’s tournament in Qatar, for the first time in the Middle East, these are the top 10 best moments (plus a bonus honorable mention!) from the World Cup’s illustrious history.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon — 5 a.m.
With heavy hitters like Brazil and Serbia rounding out Group G, Switzerland and Cameroon will both be eager to pick up points in this game. While Cameroon was swept in 2010 and 2014 group stages, Switzerland has advanced to the knockouts in four of their last five tournament appearances.
Time: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 5 a.m. ET
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)
Uruguay vs. South Korea — 8 a.m.
The focus for this game is on Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, who’s working again from a fractured left eye socket he sustained Nov. 1 in Champions League. He is anticipated to play with a face masks.
“He knows, and we know, that after this injury we cannot rule out any risks,” coach Paulo Bento stated.
Time: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8 a.m. ET
Stadium: Education City Stadium
How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)
Portugal vs. Ghana — 11 a.m.
Cristiano Ronaldo has made his displeasure along with his former membership Manchester United identified. So will this World Cup, doubtless his final, be an audition for a brand new crew? Ronaldo, 37, has assured the drama will not spill over to nation and his former United teammate Bruno Fernandes agreed. At least publicly.
“Our focus is 100% on the national team and we are 100% focused on what we have to do,” Fernandes said.
Time: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. ET
Stadium: Stadium 974
How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)
Brazil vs. Serbia — 2 p.m.
You have to be confident to bring nine forwards to the World Cup, and tournament-favorite Brazil did just that. With players such as Neymar and Vinicius Jr., settling for anything less than a trophy could be seen as a failure for this team.
Time: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. ET
Stadium: Lusail Stadium
How to look at: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)