On Turkey Day, we’re thankful for the thriller between Portugal and Ghana and Richarlison with an acrobatic finish for Brazil against Serbia. Switzerland beating Cameroon by one goal and South Korea drawing 0-0 with Uruguay whetted our appetite for goals, which we got more of in the third and fourth games later in the day.
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After a goalless first half between Portugal and Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the second stanza via a penalty, becoming the first male player to score in five World Cup campaigns. The 37-year-old scored his first World Cup goal in 2006 and has tallied 118 goals so far for his country.
Rafael Leao and Joao Felix joined their captain in the scoring for Portugal, who just edged Ghana in a 3-2 win. The match ended with a bizarre moment when Inaki Williams snuck up behind goalkeeper Diogo Costa who placed the ball down, but before the forward could take it off Costa, he slipped and missed the chance to equalize.
After the match, Ronaldo said, “The important thing was that the team won. The [Manchester United] chapter is closed, and the focus is solely and exclusively on the World Cup.”
He’s now without a club after his recent departure from United and will hope to send a message this tournament to sign with a new club in the January transfer window.
Richarlison is supposed to be Brazil’s third wheel with Neymar and Vinicius Junior up front, but the striker provided a goal of the tournament contender in the 2-0 win over Serbia. The Tottenham Hotspur star’s second goal of the game saw him control it in the air and then volley it into the side corner, leaving goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic with no chance.
Meanwhile, Neymar was seen grimacing at the end of the game and looked to be in pain. Fans will hope the Paris Saint-Germain player is fit for their clash against Switzerland next on Monday. Brazil channeled the entertaining, beautiful and easy-on-the-eye football their country is known for and will look to carry on this form.