Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

Portugal 3-2 Ghana

Brazil 2-0 Serbia

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Brazil and English Premier League star Richarlison has scored an early contender for purpose of the match in Qatar.

The Tottenham striker latched onto a ball from Vinicius Jr, teeing himself up for a bicycle kick to place Brazil 2-0 forward after earlier breaking Serbia’s cussed defence with a tap-in.

His second purpose had followers in awe.

“It’s a wow second, isn’t it,” legendary commentator Martin Tyler mentioned.

EARLIER: RONALDO STUNNED BY STOLEN CELEBRATION

Cristiano Ronaldo was left surprised after a Ghanian participant stole his iconic ‘Siu’ celebration throughout their Group H match on Friday.

Ronaldo was visibly shocked on the Portugeuse bench after Osman Bukari celebrated his 89th-minute purpose in trademark Ronaldo fashion.

“That Ghana participant who did the siu is my new favorite participant,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

One other supporter mentioned he was “captivated by the ballsiness of it”, whereas one mentioned Bukari was “the brand new president of Ghana now”.

No matter you assume, it’s clear Ronaldo was unimpressed.

The Portugal legend opened the scoring in a wild second half after 65 minutes from the penalty spot.

Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana eight minutes later, however Joao Felix and Rafael Leao’s objectives ensured Bukari’s strike was solely comfort for Ghana.

8.50AM: ENGLAND OUT TO DODGE US HOODOO

Gareth Southgate urged England to exorcise the ghosts of their World Cup embarrassments towards america after they conflict in Doha on Friday.

The US handed England two of the extra chastening leads to their World Cup historical past and their Group B showdown on the Al Bayt Stadium presents a chance to lastly get revenge.

In 1950, the US, then comprised largely of novice gamers, received 1-0 towards an England aspect, that includes the nice Tom Finney and Billy Wright in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The end result was so gorgeous {that a} movie titled ‘The Recreation of their Lives’ was made about it.

Sixty years later, a horrendous mistake by England goalkeeper Rob Inexperienced allowed Clint Dempsey’s shot to squirm into the web for the equaliser in a 1-1 attract South Africa in 2010.

These painful recollections have clearly made a dent in English soccer’s often cast-iron psyche.

Southgate, chatting with reporters on the eve of the match, made it clear England had no proper to really feel superior to the US although they go into the sport as heavy favourites.

“Have we ever overwhelmed the US at a World Cup? No. Tomorrow we now have to try to make historical past,” Southgate mentioned on Thursday.

“We’re good at speaking extremely of ourselves as a nation on little or no proof. We all know we are going to face a really extremely motivated staff. I don’t assume we will likely be underestimating the US in any respect.” England crushed Iran 6-2 of their group opener, whereas the US have been held to a 1-1 draw by Wales.

However Southgate is effectively conscious of the risk posed by a US staff that includes a number of Premier League gamers, together with Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Leeds duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.

Southgate additionally has immense respect for US coach Gregg Berhalter, who has sought recommendation from the England boss on a number of events.

“Tomorrow’s recreation will likely be very totally different to the primary match. They press the ball effectively and have gamers with expertise in high European leagues,” Southgate mentioned.

“I’ve loved my interactions with Gregg. I’ve discovered loads from him. They’ve progressed loads below him, as I anticipated.” Southgate’s fondness for Berhalter didn’t cease him taking a pleasant swipe on the coach for persuading teenage prodigy Yunus Musah to symbolize the US quite than England.

Musah, born within the US to Ghanian mother and father, hung out in England as a baby and represented the nation’s youth groups.

“He took considered one of ours, which we weren’t very completely satisfied about. However truthful play,” Southgate mentioned.

As soon as once more, Southgate was requested to play politician over the controversy sparked by FIFA reportedly pressuring the captains of a number of European groups to not put on a rainbow armband in help of the LGBTQ group on the World Cup.

England captain Harry Kane was resulting from put on the ‘OneLove’ armband till a last-minute change of coronary heart.

Germany gamers coated their mouths throughout a staff photograph previous to their defeat towards Japan on Wednesday in a gesture of protest towards FIFA.

However, requested if England would make a protest of their very own, Southgate mentioned: “No I don’t assume we must always really feel any strain. I believe there’s a threat everybody tries to escalate. Do we now have to provide you with a greater gesture than Germany did?

“We have now to be snug that we all know what we stand for. If we’re dashing to be seen to do one thing we will make an error that doesn’t land effectively.

“Myself and the gamers need to be targeted on the video games.”

8.08AM: PUNTER’S HUGE FAITH IN SENEGAL

One punter is assured host nation Qatar will successfully have its match ended when it takes on Senegal in its subsequent group match.

Qatar is taken into account a $5.50 outsider with TAB and the brief odds on Senegal didn’t deter a wager of $100,000 at $1.70 odds on the African nation.

Senegal has since been wound in to $1.65 with the draw a $3.70 likelihood.

A number of the largest bets early within the match have come again to chew punters.

One wagered $160,000 on Argentina at $1.13 earlier than their loss to Saudi Arabia whereas one other dropped $100,000 on Argentina to win and greater than 2.5 objectives to be scored in that match.

The Senegal punter will likely be hoping they don’t undergo the identical destiny when the second spherical of video games in Group A kicks off on Friday evening at midnight AEDT.

7.31AM: BLUE SAMURAI SETS NEW TARGET AFTER BOILOVER

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Japan supervisor Hajime Moriyasu was given a shock bathe by a pitch sprinkler on Thursday nevertheless it did nothing to dampen his spirits after his staff’s gorgeous victory over Germany.

The Blue Samurai got here from behind to beat the four-time world champions 2-1 of their Group E opener on Wednesday and at the moment are eyeing a spot within the final 16, with Costa Rica their subsequent opponents.

Moriyasu led his staff in a exercise on Thursday afternoon and was given an sudden soaking when a sprinkler doused him as he spoke to reporters.

The supervisor laughed off his early bathe however warned his gamers to not get carried away by their historic triumph.

“All we’re fascinated about is the subsequent recreation that’s in entrance of us, the identical as we all the time do,” Moriyasu mentioned, stressing that the Germany recreation was already prior to now.

“On the day of a recreation we rejoice if we win or we really feel pissed off if we lose, however we all the time consider the issues we might have accomplished higher and begin getting ready for the subsequent recreation in a constructive method.” Moriyasu mentioned beating Germany had given Japan “peace of thoughts” for Sunday’s recreation towards Costa Rica, who have been hammered 7-0 by Spain of their opener.

Costa Rica should win to revive their probabilities of reaching the knock-out spherical and Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo mentioned his staff will likely be ready to take advantage of any gaps they depart behind.

Nagatomo believes Japan have turn into a flexible aspect who at the moment are “troublesome for opponents to know”.

“Tactically, we now have turn into a staff the place it wouldn’t look unusual if any of us have been enjoying in any place,” he mentioned.

“I believe we’ve turn into exhausting for our opponents to analyse, virtually like a chameleon.”

Japan needed to dig deep to remain within the recreation towards the Germans, getting back from 1-0 all the way down to win with objectives from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano.

The end result places Japan within the driving seat to assert a spot within the knock-out spherical however that won’t be sufficient to fulfill their ambitions.

“It was a giant end result for Japanese soccer however we haven’t modified historical past but,” mentioned Doan.

“Our minimal goal is to succeed in the quarter-finals and that’s what we’ve been speaking about as a staff.”

7.10AM: VAN GAAL HUGS SENEGAL JOURNO AFTER PRESSER

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal fulfilled a journalist’s want for a hug throughout a heartwarming press convention second on the World Cup.

A Senegalese journalist, reportedly Papa Mahmoud Gueye, informed the legendary coach at a [ress convention: “I’m a younger journalist. I don’t have a query for you. I simply need to let you know I’m a giant fan of you.”

van Gaal reportedly informed the journalist: “I need to provide you with a giant hug. As a result of I like that you just say this and I imply it severely. That doesn’t occur typically. “So we’ll give one another a giant hug afterwards.”

And he didn’t disappoint, with the pair catching up and embracing on the finish of the press convention.

6.45AM: AFC CHIEF DISMISSES QATAR CONCERNS

The pinnacle of the Asian Soccer Confederation on Thursday disregarded criticism over World Cup host Qatar’s human rights file, as a substitute lavishing reward on the Gulf nation’s organisation of the match.

Qatar has come below growing scrutiny over its rights file, significantly its therapy of migrant labourers, girls and the LGBTQ group, since profitable the bid to host soccer’s high match.

AFC chief Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling household, on Thursday appeared to launch a pointy assault on Qatar’s critics in remarks to journalists, evoking the Arabic proverb “the canines bark however the caravan strikes on”.

Although he made no express point out of the primary a part of the proverb, his remark appeared to dismiss the criticism of Qatar as “barking”, while praising the nation’s efficiency in internet hosting the occasion.

“The organisation is luminous, the atmosphere is constructive,” he mentioned.

“Our (Qatari) brothers didn’t fail in delivering the services and stadiums and I imagine will probably be one of the crucial profitable tournaments.”

Qatar has repeatedly accused its critics of “double requirements” and even “racism”, pointing to their latest reforms of labour legal guidelines as indicators of enchancment.

The most recent run-in over rights criticism got here Wednesday when German gamers coated their mouths in a protest towards FIFA’s determination to ban rainbow-themed armbands at this 12 months’s World Cup.

6AM: LEGEND’S MESSAGE TO TOURNAMENT FAVOURITE

Soccer legend Pele gave Brazil a digital pre-match pep discuss Thursday because the nationwide staff ready to make their World Cup debut, telling them: “Convey this trophy house.”

Because the five-time champions ready to take the pitch for his or her opening match towards Serbia, the 82-year-old icon posted a sequence of photographs of his previous World Cup glories on Instagram, telling Neymar and his teammates: “Right now we begin writing a brand new story.”

“We will likely be greater than 200 million hearts beating as one, vibrating with every achievement of our ‘Selecao,’” wrote Pele, the one participant in historical past to win three World Cups.

“We should respect and play every match with the main focus of a ultimate. You will need to play superbly, sure, however it’s also important to depart every little thing on the pitch,” he wrote.

“I ship these photos to encourage you guys… I’m sending all constructive energies to you. I’m positive we’ll have a contented ending. God bless you. Convey this trophy house.” Thought-about by many the best footballer of all time, Pele has had a sequence of well being issues in recent times, however stays lively on social media.

Brazil is in motion from 6am (AEDT) in its match opener towards Serbia.

5AM UPDATE: FANS HIT OUT AT QATAR ‘FUN POLICE’

Qatar officers have sparked fury after pulling the plug on pre-noon events forward of Wales’ crunch match with Iran.

The World Cup hosts imposed a final minute ban on early ingesting, stifling Welsh plans for a boozy pre-game bash.

Round 1,200 Wales followers packed-out pre and submit recreation events for his or her USA match on the InterContinental lodge in Doha on Monday evening.

And supporters anticipated one other jamboree after they reunite for the Iran conflict on Friday.

However their festivities have been cancelled with simply 24 hours discover – after Qatari officers banned booze earlier than noon.

The information will have an effect on Australian supporters with comparable plans because the Socceroos’ conflict with Tunisia is scheduled for 1pm native time.

Welsh supporter Peter Humphreys, 61, mentioned: “The enjoyable police have struck once more – however it’s hardly stunning.

“If they’ll ban Budweiser for the match then what likelihood do just a few plucky Taffs have of getting a drink earlier than the sport?

“Happily we’re capable of make our personal environment however it might be good to have had a beer to settle the nerves.”

Peter revealed he paid £79 for the pre-game celebration ticket which included 5 pints of beer and a curry – however he’ll now solely be capable to switch it to an after-match celebration as a substitute.

Organiser Leigh James of followers’ charity Gol Cymru informed ticketholders: “The lodge have been in discussions with the Qatari authorities in a single day and sadly, as it’s with Qatar, a change has been imposed and we will now now not serve alcohol earlier than noon Friday.”

Paul Corkrey, from the Wales Soccer Supporters’ Affiliation mentioned he was “disenchanted” by Qatar’s determination to make the change.

He mentioned: “There’s one factor about it – they’re constant, they persistently change the principles.

“There’s not loads we will do, actually, simply say that we’re disenchanted actually.

“A number of followers are by themselves, in ones or twos, and so they go to those issues for firm and be with their associates or to satisfy new individuals.

“It’s such a disgrace because the services, the place, the climate, the actual fact you’ll be able to see three or 4 video games in a day is constructive. However they hold doing unfavourable issues from time to time.”

12.05AM TRUTH BEHIND SWISS STAR’S NON-CELEBRATION

Breel Embolo scored towards the nation of his start as Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0 to make a profitable begin to their World Cup marketing campaign on Thursday.

Embolo struck three minutes into the second half at Al Janoub Stadium as Switzerland secured an important three factors in a bunch that features match favourites Brazil and Serbia.

Cameroon have now misplaced their final eight World Cup matches going again to 2002. Roger Milla was introduced with an award earlier than kick-off because the oldest goalscorer in World Cup historical past, a reminder of previous glories for Cameroon who’ve received only one recreation since reaching the quarter-finals 32 years in the past.

Cameroon coach Rigobert Track, who performed at 4 World Cups together with with a 42-year-old Milla in 1994, opted for the in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to guide the assault instead of common captain Vincent Aboubakar.

African groups had made an encouraging begin in Qatar in any case 5 did not get previous the group stage in 2018, however Cameroon will remorse not making extra of a primary half they managed.

Bryan Mbeumo fired at Yann Sommer after an outstanding ball via from Martin Hongla earlier than Karl Toko Ekambi lashed over the rebound.

Sommer then bought down low to avoid wasting from Choupo-Moting after he pinched the ball away from Manuel Akanji, though a questionable foul was given towards the Bayern Munich striker.

Silvan Widmer made an important problem to cease Toko Ekambi delivering a cross from Collins Fai and Sommer pushed away a weak effort by Hongla.

Akanji glanced extensive at a nook as Cameroon switched off on the stroke of halftime however there was no such escape after they have been once more caught napping firstly the second half.

Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler labored the ball out extensive on the proper to Xherdan Shaqiri whose low cross into the world was swept house by an unmarked Embolo, who selected to not rejoice towards his start nation.

Choupo-Moting neatly weaved his well past a few defenders within the field however couldn’t beat Sommer from a good angle.

Andre Onana saved Cameroon within the recreation with a superb cease to disclaim Ruben Vargas who discovered himself utterly free in an virtually carbon copy of Embolo’s purpose.

Solely a determined block prevented Haris Seferovic from including a late second. Track mentioned the rankings meant nothing coming into the match, however Cameroon’s eighth World Cup look dangers being temporary with video games to return towards Serbia and Brazil

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