Brazil got off to a flying start as Ronaldo set another record for Portugal

FIFA World Cup favorites Brazil started the season in Qatar to perfection with a 2-0 victory over Serbia.

After a tight first half, Tite’s Selecao opened the Serbs with two second-half goals from Richarlison.

The Tottenham striker opened his national team’s account in the 62nd minute, after Vinicius Jnr’s angled shot was saved in his path by Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

Richarlison scored twice in the 73rd minute with a sublime effort, controlling a cross before a jewel of a bicycle kick finished the job.

There were chances aplenty thereafter as the Brazilians played with more freedom but failed to add to their previous tally in their Group G opener.

In Group H, Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 after a late flurry of goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored first from the penalty spot after winning his own penalty, beating Lawrence Ati-Zigi in the 65th minute.

By finding the back of the net, Ronaldo became the first male player in history to score goals in five different World Cups.

It was the 37-year-old’s eighth World Cup goal and his 118th in total for Portugal. He also has a national record 18 World Cup appearances to his name.

After Ronaldo’s heroics, the Ghanaians leveled again eight minutes later with Andre Ayew grazing home from close range.

Portugal restored their lead five minutes later when Joao Felix finished off a perfect Bruno Fernandes through ball before substitute Rafael Leao made it 3-1 two minutes later.

Osman Bukari’s header gave Ghana hope in the 89th minute before the ups and downs almost took another turn when Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa was pickpocketed by Inaki Williams in stoppage time, but the ball was quickly cleared from danger.

The other match in Group H saw Uruguay and South Korea draw 0-0.


Earlier in the evening, Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0 in a tight and tense encounter with Breel Embolo’s 48th-minute goal making the difference.

The Monaco forward has decided not to celebrate after scoring against his native country.

All the World Cup action continues on Friday night with Wales v Iran in Group B from 21:00 AEDT, before Qatar host Senegal at 12:00.

It continues on Saturday morning with Holland v Ecuador from 3am before England meet the United States at 6am.

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