FIFA World Cup 2022 scores, takeaways: Portugal top Uruguay, Brazil outlast Switzerland, Ghana win, more

Day 9 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar It’s over as the second match of the tournament wrapped up as Portugal beat Uruguay 2-0 in the final game of the day, with Bruno Fernandes scoring both goals to put his team through to the knockout stages with a game to spare.

Earlier, Brazil needed 80 minutes to score, but eventually snuck past Switzerland 1-0 thanks to a goal from Casemiro. It was hard work for Brazil but they did it. Without Neymar pulling the strings, the attack often looked difficult for Brazil with a well organized Switzerland team resisting being broken for 80 minutes. But, eventually, the Swiss went down and it was Casemiro stepping forward from defensive midfield into the box to meet a flick from substitute Antonio that made the difference. Brazil are only the second team, after France, to win their first two matches, and they have now clinched a place in the round of 16.

To get Monday kicked off, it was all goals all time in the World Cup. It all started with an exciting and clash between Cameroon and Serbia, full of action. The match ended 3-3 after Cameroon scored the opening goal but then at the end of the first half Serbia managed to overturn the result and scored twice in less than three minutes. It seemed to be over for Cameroon after Serbia scored the third goal through Aleksandar Mitrovic at the start of the second half, but the African side scored two goals through Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

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Later, South Korea and Ghana set the tone for Group H with a five-goal thriller as Ghana won the game 3-2. South Korea opened the game with plenty of possession and earned seven corners in the first half, but Ghana struck twice with goals from Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Qudus to take a half-time lead. A strong counter pressing attack from South Korea in the second half led to two goals to level things, both from Cho Gue-sung. But the game winner came from Ghana as Qudus recorded his second of the match to secure all three points for the African side.

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Not Neymar, a few problems?

Brazil weren’t too sharp, but when you can’t have your best day in attack and still beat Switzerland 1-0, you’re doing something right. Without the injured Neymar, the attack did not flow as it did in the opener against Serbia, but it was more than enough as Casemiro’s goal with less than 10 minutes left lifted Brazil to six points. The victory was enough to see Brazil climb a place in the round of 16. While the attack was sometimes out of sync, after knowing how to cope without their superstar, they still had their moments.

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Vinicius Jnr looked to have scored the opener before his goal was disallowed, leaving Casemiro to do so:

After nine shots on frame in the opener, Brazil managed five in this one, but once again they were efficient enough and can now even rest some players on Matchday 3.

Uruguay in huge conflict with Ghana next

Who would have thought that a team with Darwin Nunez, Fede Valverde, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani would be scoring after two games. Diego Alonso’s men are in deep trouble after another goose egg in attack.

They hit the post in this one with substitute Maxi Gomez, and Rodrigo Benatncur missed a golden chance in the first half. If you recall, Diego Godin hit the post in the opening draw against South Korea as well. It’s not like they have trouble creating, they just aren’t converting. Well, against Ghana, they will have to.

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To advance, Uruguay must beat Ghana and hope South Korea don’t beat Portugal, because if they do, it will come down to goal differential.

But don’t discount the Ghanaians after their 3-2 win over South Korea. They have scored five goals this tournament and have proven to be a tough out. That should be no different when the two meet on Friday.

Portugal have all but avoided Brazil

It was a crucial win for Portugal. Not only does it punch their ticket to the next round, but it also makes them heavy favorites to win the group, and with that comes, most likely, avoiding Brazil in the round of 16. With the Brazilians looking a lock to win Group G, meaning the second-placed team in Group H would be their opponents in the next round. Portugal now have the luxury of still winning the group even if they suffer a one-goal defeat to the South Korean side.

World Cup Scores, Schedule

Monday, November 28
Cameroon 3, Serbia 3
South Korea 2, Ghana 3
Brazil 1, Switzerland 0
Portugal 2, Uruguay 0

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