Portugal, Brazil, Switzerland, walk away with victories on Day 4 in Qatar

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@stefanluciani_

Friday, November 25, 2022


Cristiano Ronaldo scores a historic goal with Brazil's Richarilson, burying a goal of the tournament contender as Day 4 wraps up in Doha.

DOHA – Day four in Qatar was one many had marked on their calendars. 

 

The great Cristiano Ronaldo made his tournament debut following what has been a tumultuous stretch of time with his club Manchester United. But with news of a mutual agreement to part ways breaking just days before the first Portuguese match, many were expecting quite a showing from the newly liberated legend. 

 

And a liberated Ronaldo was what we got. 

 

Portugal opened their tournament with a match against the lower seeded Ghana, and Ronaldo wasted no time, scoring what appeared to be an early go ahead goal. But after a second look, the referees disallowed it, stating Ronaldo benefited from pushing off the defender. 

 

This one would head into the second half tied 0-0, where CR7 would get his revenge. Ronaldo was brought down hard in the box, being granted a penalty where the Portuguese superstar would make no mistake. The striker kept his composure, before sending a screamer past Ghana keeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi, who got a good read, but stood no chance. 

 

Ghana would even the tide at one apiece when Andre Ayew found the back of the net for the African nation. This one seemed to get out of hand though with Portugal adding some insurance in the 78th and 80th minute with Joao Felix and Rafael Leao finding twine to make it 3-1. But Ghana made things interesting late with Osman Bukari beating Diogo Costa and cutting the deficit to just one. 

 

Unfortunately for them, Ghana was unable to capitalize again in extra time as Portugal held on to take the opening match victory 3-2. 

 

With Ronaldo’s goal, he officially became the first man to score a goal in five different world cup tournaments. 

 

Switzerland took care of Cameroon 1-0 in Group G action, with Uruguay and South Korea drawing in the only other Group H matchup. 

 

The other highly touted matchup was Serbia taking on the world No.1 ranked Brazilian squad. This one was tightly contested to start, before Tottenham striker Richarilson was able to bury a rebound in the 62nd minute. The real eye-popping moment came in the 73rd minute though when Richarilson once again found the back of the net, this time, with a goal of the tournament contender.

 

The Spurs forward took a pass just outside the box, before feeding himself a lob which he promptly bicycle kicked the ball past Serbian keeper Vanja Milinković-Savić. 

 

The tournament favourites would hold on for the 2-0 win to sit atop their group.