World Cup: Ronaldo in the legend, Brazil in force, African teams disappoint … The highlights of this Thursday

Cristiano Ronaldo as a hero, Ghana in defeat, Richarlison masterful. Reuters/Panoramic

Find the highlights of this fifth day of the 2022 World Cup.

Today’s story: Embolo scores against Cameroon

Born in Cameroon on February 14, 1997, Breel Embolo grew up in Switzerland. If he has decided to represent the Nati, it remains difficult to face his native country. The Monaco striker started with Switzerland against Cameroon this Thursday for the first match of the two teams in the competition. And as a symbol, it was Embolo who scored the only goal of the game (48e, 1-0). “If I score, I’ll try not to celebrate. But football is a sport of emotions. If I celebrate, it won’t be against my home country. But because I want to win“, he explained to AFP. Word respected and celebration all in measure for Embolo.

Breel Embolo does not celebrate against his native country. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

The purge of the day: Uruguay-South Korea

This match was indisputably one of the worst since the start of the competition. A sad encounter betweenUruguay and South Korea (0-0). So certainly, there was intensity, which is not negligible, but it is far from sufficient. Other 0-0 in the competition, such as Denmark-Tunisia or Morocco-Croatia, offered more suspense. Apart from Valverde’s shot on the post (89e) no thrill in sight. A statistic like the match: there were zero shots on target during the match.

Today’s record: Cristiano Ronaldo scores five times

One again. Portugal was very scared, but won its first match of the World Cup against Ghana (3-2). An important victory, especially for Cristiano Ronaldo. The striker, who is going through a period of trouble after the termination of his contract with Manchester United, needed to regain his confidence. It’s done with his opener from the penalty spot (65e, 1-0). But above all, with this goal, Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player to register in five different World Cups (between 2006 and 2022).

Ronaldo becomes the first player to score in five World Cups. CARL RECINE / REUTERS

The balance sheet of the day: no victory for the African continent

The first round did not succeed for the African teams. Three defeats and two draws in five games. Only Morocco and Tunisia, authors of a good match respectively against Croatia and against Denmark, obtained a point. Senegal lost to the Netherlands on Monday (0-2). This Thursday, it was the turn of Cameroon and Ghana to experience a difficult moment. The Indomitable Lions were beaten by Switzerland (1-0) while the Black Stars lost to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal (3-2), even if they were not far from hanging the draw. Imperative reaction to come during the second day.

Confirmation of the day: Brazil, big favorites, start with a victory

They were the most anticipated team in the competition, and they played last. Brazil faced Serbia on Thursday at 8 p.m. And after a difficult first period, against very strong Serbs defensively, the teammates of Thiago Silva and Neymar managed to find the fault, thanks to a double from Richarlison, including a masterful bicycle (62nd, 73rd). 2-0 victory for Brazil.

Only black point of this evening, the exit on injury of Neymar. The PSG striker was replaced in the 79th minute, hit in the ankle. The number 10 of Brazil was very affected, head in the jersey on the bench, with an ice pack on his foot.

World Cup: Ronaldo in the legend, Brazil in force, African teams disappoint … The highlights of this Thursday