While Uruguay Failing to live up to the pre-tournament hype in their 2022 World Cup opener, Brazil and Portugal looked as convincing as any team they have played so far.
Here’s everything that happened at the World Cup today and what to watch tomorrow.
Braille Embolowho was born in Cameroon, scored the game-winning goal against Switzerland. Indomitable lion on Thursday. Respectfully, he did not celebrate his goal.
Cameroon getting three points against Switzerland is huge given who their next two opponents are: Serbia and Brazil.
There were goalless draws in the first round of group stage matches – four to be exact – but none as extraordinary as Uruguay-South Korea. Neither team could score a goal. Both teams picked up points, however, which puts them in good position for the final two group stage matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo Things got going for Portugal in their first game of the tournament and their teammates scored two more and held off a late comeback attempt by Ghana. Portugal now top the group and if it plays as consistently as it did on Thursday, there is no reason to believe it will drop from that spot.
It’s unbelievable that Brazil didn’t have more goals against Serbia. We knew Brazil’s attacking combinations would be unfair before a ball was kicked, but they stuck to the heap in the first game. Nine of his 22 shots were on target, and he finished with an XG of 2.34.
Purpose of the day
Forget the purpose of the day; This could be the goal of the tournament when it’s all said and done.
Assist of the day
Bruno Fernandes Entering the tournament as one of the most dangerous setup men in the world — he showed why on Thursday. Later, and Joao Felix would have been offside.
Must watch the moment
Anki Williams Almost grabbed a late equalizer for Ghana as he slipped behind Portugal goalkeeper Diego Costa, who had no idea he was there.
If it had gone in, it would have been one of the most memorable moments of the tournament – instead, it’s just our must-have moment of the day.
Wales v Iran, 5 a.m. ET on FS1
Iran and Wales fans won’t be the only ones watching Friday’s game with rapt attention. An Iran win or draw would give America’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stage a nice boost. The last thing America needs is a Wales win.
Qatar vs Senegal, 8 a.m. ET on FS1
After losing their opener to Ecuador, Qatar will be looking to get their first win of the tournament against a Senegal side who are looking to do the same. A loss would effectively disqualify the host nation from the World Cup.
Netherlands vs Ecuador, 11 a.m. ET on FOX
Ecuador had no problem against Qatar in their tournament opener – how would that be fair against a Netherlands side whose confidence-boosting win over a team many thought would be a dark horse for the title? ?
England vs USA, 2 p.m. ET on FOX
Football? Football? It will all be decided on Friday, as will America’s path to the knockout stages.