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Brazil looked in every way favorites for the 2022 World Cup, with Richarlison presenting himself as the star of the show in a 2-0 victory over Serbia, one of the most popular dark horses of the tournament, at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. Thursday.

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The Tottenham striker made his debut in a World Cup that will be remembered for a lifetime as he led the five-time world champions in the 62nd minute to a well-deserved 1-0 lead. That memory turned into something of an iconic World Cup moment just 11 minutes later, when the 25-year-old hit an incredible overhead shot to stop play.

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Richarlison received a sharp pass from Vinicius and the ball went high in the air as three defenders surrounded him near the penalty spot. The Lusail Iconic Stadium, set to host the World Cup final on December 18, exploded when the ball hit the net, as if every seat in the 86,000-capacity stadium was occupied by a canary yellow jersey.

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The win puts Brazil (3 points) in first place in Group G, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference after their victory over Cameroon earlier on Thursday.

[ MORE: Latest Group G standings, schedule, scores ]


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Richarlison: It’s hard to imagine a better World Cup debut than the one Richarlison enjoyed on Thursday and it’s hard to imagine Tite taking him out of the starting lineup anytime soon.

Vanya Milinkovic-Savic: The Serbian goalkeeper made six saves overnight and didn’t let the final score get out of hand, but unfortunately he needed to make two more.

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How to watch Brazil vs Serbia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 14:00 ET – Thursday, November 24
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Broadcast in Spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

Where do we even start with Brazil? The aforementioned strikers are in the spotlight and Tite will be very busy trying to keep all of his superstar strikers happy. On the other side of the field, Alisson is the best goalkeeper in the world and the experience and partnership of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, with Casemiro sitting up front, will be hard to break.

Serbia crashed out of the group stages of the last World Cup (they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a tight game), but they still played very well and are a lot of fun to watch. From Tadić pulling the strings to Mitrovic intimidating defenders, then Dušan Vlahović and Luka Jović, other attacking threats, and Sergej Milinković-Savic, show manager in midfield, if all their stars are fit and in great shape, Serbia will tolerate defeat.


Quick facts about Brazil

Current FIFA World Ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Championship appearances: 22
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from CONMEBOL (1st)
Coach: Tite
Key Players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker.

quick facts about serbia

Current FIFA World Ranking: 21
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 12
How they got out: they left UEFA through the playoffs.
Coach: Dragan Stojkovic
Key Players: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Luka Jovic, Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic.


Portugal scored goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Rafael Leão and held on tight to a 3-2 victory over Ghana in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup at the 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.

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The game was scoreless past the hour mark before it exploded with five goals in 24 minutes.

Ronaldo earned and converted the first penalty in the 65th minute, becoming the first male player to score in five different World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022). Ghana didn’t make their first shot of the game until the 53rd minute, but the Black Stars came to life after scoring a goal as they leveled against André Ayew in the 73rd minute.

Portugal responded quickly and consistently, with Joao Felix scoring a brilliant Bruno Fernandes goal in the 78th minute and Rafael Leão doing the same two minutes later, just three minutes after coming off the bench.

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The win puts Portugal in first place in Group H after a goalless draw between Uruguay and South Korea earlier on Thursday.

Portugal vs. Ghana
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Slow start, crazy ending in much-needed World Cup thriller

Portugal and Ghana are incredibly strong in central midfield, but for an hour it was pretty hard to see because of the crowds surrounding all that quality. Ghana started the game with three back/-five and Portugal with four backs, but both sides opted for a trio in central midfield for very different reasons.

Ghana filled the middle of the park as a checkpoint against the likes of Bernardo Silva, Rubén Neves and Portugal’s Otavio. For most of the game, this led to a stalemate and few scoring chances for both sides. However, Ronaldo’s goal changed the situation, pulling Ghana out of their shell and forcing them to take risks.

It could be argued (quite easily) that Portugal boss Fernando Santos blindly (or voluntarily) played into Ghana’s hands for most of the game and thus made things much more difficult for his team, but that’s neither here nor there.

[ MORE: Latest Group H standings, schedule, scores ]

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How to watch Portugal vs Ghana live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:00 AM ET – Thursday, November 24th
Stadium: 974 Stadium, Doha
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Broadcast in Spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

Portugal have so many incredible talents in midfield and attack that they need to go deep in this tournament. Ronaldo is the main player at the top, but Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva will all be key. Throw in the defensive class of Ruben Diaz, Joao Cancelo and a resurgent Diogo Dalot and you have a talented team. The inclusion in midfield of Ruben Neves, Otavio and Joao Paligny shows the incredible strength of the team that Fernando Santos has put together. Anything less than a quarter-final is a disappointment.

Ghana has many recent additions to its ranks as Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) and Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) have become Black Stars regulars. Jordan Ayew and André Ayew are threats at the top and Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is the focus of this team. Keep an eye out for forward Mohammed Quddus who is having a good season at Ajax.


Quick facts about Portugal

Current FIFA World Ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified by UEFA…



Source: soccer.nbcsports.com

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