In a touching moment Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scored the winner against the country of his birth.
Plus Cristiano Ronaldo made World Cup history by scoring at his fifth tournament but watched on helpless as Portugal almost threw it away against Ghana.
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BRAZIL 2 (Richarlison 62′, 73′) SERBIA 0 – 2ND HALF
Richarlison’s two goals in the space of 11 minutes has Brazil cruising against Serbia in their Group G encounter.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward broke the deadlock when he smashed home the rebound after Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic’s initial save on Vinicius Jr’s effort.
But it was his second effort that was truly special.
Vinicius Jr. curled a cross with the outside of his foot to Richarlison, who controlled the ball before producing an acrobatic finish that commentator Martin Tyler described as “staggering”.
It continues Brazil’s dominance after a dark first half.
Superstar Neymar had the attention of Milinkovic-Savic in the 13th minute when the Paris Saint-German flyer went straight for goal from a corner, but it was swatted away.
Barcelona winger Raphinha arguably had the best chance of the first half, as he played a neat little one-two with Luas Paqueta and had a clear sight of goal but could only produce a weak effort that Milinkovic-Savic kept out with ease.
Serbia struggled to create anything of note as they looked to hit Brazil on the counter attack, but the World Cup favorites have been equal to everything thrown at them.
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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 at five World Cups on Thursday when he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.
The 37-year-old set the record when he smashed home his spot-kick in the 65th minute at the 974 Stadium in Doha to send Fernando Santos’ team to a victory which moved them top of Group H, two points ahead of Uruguay and South Korea.
Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao made sure of the win after Andre Ayew’s leveler had briefly threatened to ruin Ronaldo’s party.
Osman Bukari netted in the final minute for Ghana, but the tournament’s lowest-ranked side could not pull off a shock and sit at the bottom of the group.
Portugal then almost completely squandered their lead through Costa who dropped the ball without knowing Ghana’s Inaki Williams was lurking behind him, as he nipped the ball off Costa’s feet but slipped at the most crucial moment as Portugal held out for a big win on a historic day .
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SWITZERLAND 1 (Embolo 48′), CAMEROON 0
The second-longest losing streak in World Cup history has continued after Switzerland fought past Cameroon 1-0 at the Al Janoub Stadium.
After a shaky start the Swiss only needed the one goal and it came from Breel Embolo, who was born in Cameroon where his father still lives.
The win means Cameroon has lost eight consecutive World Cup games, one off the all-time record set by Mexico, and with matches against Serbia and Brazil to come, looks on track to break it.
“We talked about the air-conditioned stadium, but that’s probably one of the slowest games I’ve seen to date,” Sarah Walsh said on SBS.
“There was a lack of intensity, there was absolutely no press, players walking to the ball.”
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URUGUAY, 0, SOUTH KOREA 0
The returning Son Heung-min could not inspire South Korea as the Tigers of Asia started their World Cup Group H campaign with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in Qatar.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin and Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde came closest to breaking the deadlock when hitting the woodwork in each half, while Hwang Ui-jo wasted Korea’s best chance, skying a shot from 10 yards out with only the goalkeeper to beat.
It was a game of few chances as neither Son on one side nor Uruguay’s fearsome strikers Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani could find a clear opening.
With matches against Ghana and group favorites Portugal to come, both sides seemed to be more intent on not losing than pushing for the win at the Education City stadium in Doha.
The early part of the match settled into a predictable pattern as Korea made a fast start and Uruguay sat deep, soaking up the pressure without giving anything away.
In particular, the South Americans kept Korean danger man Son quiet. Uruguay created the first clear chances as two raking crossfield balls from centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez picked out runners coming in at an angle.
Valverde clipped the first over the bar, while Nunez failed to make proper contact on the second from just eight yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Just past the hour mark, Korea should have been in front after a slick passing move opened up the Uruguay defense but unmarked 10 yards out, Hwang fired the ball high over the bar.
Godin then came closest to scoring when he hit the inside of the post with a header from Valverde’s outswinging corner.
Neither side could get their game changers into the match, with Son clearly not fully fit, playing his first match since surgery on a broken bone around his eye suffered at the beginning of the month against Marseille in the Champions League.
On the other side, Suarez, Uruguay’s all-time record goalscorer, was a peripheral figure and was replaced by fellow veteran Cavani midway through the second period.
Korea increasingly looked to have settled for a point but coach Paulo Bento brought on fan-favorite Lee Kang-in to inject some energy and guile into a flagging side.
Uruguay, though, remained the more dangerous side and Cavani teed up Nunez who fired just wide.
Korean hearts were in their mouths when Valverde crashed a long distance strike off the upright, before Son shot wide up the other end as both sides had chances to win it in injury