Bye Uruguay failed to live up to the pre-tournament hype in their debut at the 2022 World Cup, Brazil and Portugal looked as convincing as any other team that has played so far.
Here’s everything that happened at the World Cup today and what to watch tomorrow.
Brel Emboloborn in Cameroon, scored the winning goal for Switzerland against indomitable lions on Thursday. Out of respect, he did not celebrate his goal.
Cameroon, who scored three points against Switzerland, is very important considering who their next two opponents are: Serbia and Brazil.
There were goalless draws in the first round of the group stage matches – four to be exact – but none of them went as smoothly as Uruguay-South Korea. None of the teams scored on goal. However, both teams have scored points, which puts them in an advantageous position ahead of the last two matches of the group stage.
Cristiano Ronaldo proved successful for Portugal in its first game in the tournament, and his teammates responded in kind by scoring two more goals and delaying a late return kick from Ghana. Portugal are currently at the top of the group and if they play consistently like they did on Thursday, there is no reason to believe that they will fall from this place.
It’s unbelievable that Brazil scored no more goals than against Serbia. We knew the Brazilians’ attacking combinations would be unfair before the kick was even taken, but they lived up to the hype in the first game. Of the 22 shots, nine hit the target, and xG 2.34.
GOAL OF THE DAY
Forget about the purpose of the day; this can be the Goal of the Tournament when all is said and done.
HELP OF THE DAY
Bruno Fernandes entered the tournament as one of the most dangerous installers in the world – he showed why on Thursday. A little later, Joao Felix would be offside.
MUST WATCH THE MOMENT
Inaki Williams nearly equalized with Ghana because he sneaked behind Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa who had no idea he was there.
If it did, it would be one of the most memorable moments of the tournament – instead, it’s just a moment of the day that we absolutely have to see.
Wales vs Iran, 5am ET on FS1
Iran and Wales fans won’t be the only ones keeping a close eye on Friday’s game. The hopes of the United States to reach the playoffs will be given a good boost if Iran wins or draws. The last thing the US needs is a Wales victory.
Qatar vs Senegal, 8am ET on FS1
After losing their opening match to Ecuador, Qatar will be looking to take their first win of the tournament against a team in Senegal trying to do the same. A loss effectively disqualifies the host nation from the World Cup.
Netherlands vs Ecuador, 11:00 AM ET on FOX
Ecuador didn’t have a problem with Qatar in the opening match of the tournament – how will it be fair against the Netherlands, who scored a landslide victory over a team that many considered a dark horse for the title?
England vs USA 2:00 pm ET on FOX
Football? Football? Everything will be decided on Friday, as will the US path to the playoffs.