World Cup winners & losers: Day 5

World Cup winners & losers: Day 5

Day 5 of the 2022 World Cup wrapped up the primary spherical of group stage fixtures as Group G and Group H joined the occasion. That has gone insanely fast!

Brazil and Portugal had been the large weapons in motion, however neutrals had been additionally intrigued by what Serbia and Uruguay might do, whereas Switzerland quietly went about their enterprise and Ghana had been decide to offer a superb account of themselves after not qualifying since 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored a 5 World Cups / Marvin Ibo Guengoer – GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Whatever the circus that surrounded him coming into the World Cup due to that interview and his subsequent bitter departure from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo received precisely what he wished towards Ghana: he scored and Portugal received.

Ronaldo discovered the online within the first half of the 3-2 victory, solely to see it disallowed. However he ultimately received the ball rolling from the spot within the second half after incomes the penalty himself.

It was additionally a objective at fifth World Cup for Ronaldo, making historical past as the primary male participant ever to realize such a feat.

He actually will not care what any critics must say.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is a shadow of his former self / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with South Korea was in all probability the primary time that most individuals have seen Luis Suarez play since he left Atletico Madrid in Might.

Sadly for the participant, it wasn’t a fairly sight in any respect.

Suarez, who turns 36 in January was approach, approach off the tempo of the sport and was changed after little greater than an hour by the one barely much less previous Edinson Cavani.

It stays to be seen if Suarez will maintain his place when Uruguay face Portugal and we might be witnessing of the best gamers of his era bow out of elite soccer with a whimper.

There is clear potential with Ghana

There’s clear potential with Ghana / BSR Company/GettyImages

Okay, so Ghana misplaced towards Portugal, however there may be loads of potential for the Black Stars to do nicely on this event with some tweaks transferring ahead.

Otto Addo’s crew saved a really gifted Portugal aspect at bay till nicely into the second half. It was then solely the tremendous margins of a penalty and two quick-fire objectives that determined the five-goal thriller in the long run.

The back-three flanked by wing-backs appeared to work nicely for essentially the most half at protecting issues tight, with Daniel Amartey significantly impressing. They’ve shielding high quality in midfield with Thomas Partey and loads of expertise up entrance with Andre Ayew.

Ghana want to make sure that their principal game-changers – Mohammed Kudus and Inaki Williams – have a platform to do their factor.

Kudus was responsible of coming too deep at occasions towards Portugal, giving the ball away cheaply in dangerous areas, but was an actual risk in additional superior positions. Williams, in the meantime, did not get sufficient service for a lot of the contest, but his fast considering nearly snatched Ghana a late level.

If Ghana can take the positives from this defeat into their upcoming video games with South Korea and Uruguay, there is no such thing as a motive they cannot attain the World Cup knockout levels for the primary time since 2010.

Serbia are the 'dark horse' but struggled to lay a glove on Brazil

Serbia are the ‘darkish horse’ however struggled to put a glove on Brazil / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Serbia typically get the ‘darkish horse’ tag at worldwide tournaments they usually often do not do very nicely. Forward of the 2006 World Cup, after they had been nonetheless Serbia & Montenegro, they conceded solely as soon as in 10 qualifiers however then conceded 10 in three video games on the finals and went house point-less.

Group stage exits adopted in each 2010 and 2018.

Serbia are often anticipated to be nicely organised on the again with a little bit of aptitude up entrance that may be sufficient to get them outcomes. However if you happen to’re not that good, you are not that good and no quantity of hype will change that.

They held on towards Brazil for an hour however had been clearly second greatest and arguably might have been crushed extra closely than 2-0 in the long run.

Neymar

Neymar suffered an harm towards Serbia / Lars Baron/GettyImages

Neymar was kicked out of the 2014 World Cup when Brazil had been on house soil for the primary time since 1950 and anticipated to win. With out him, they slumped to the competitors’s worst ever collapse within the semi-finals.

In 2018, he raced again to health after struggling a damaged foot whereas enjoying for Paris Saint-Germain and earned as many headlines for histrionics as he did for his precise soccer. Brazil additionally received knocked out within the quarters.

In Brazil’s opener this time towards Serbia, Neymar did not get a shot heading in the right direction and needed to go off injured earlier than the tip of the sport. It isn’t considered a tournament-ending downside, but when he is attempting to play by means of the ache and never absolutely match within the video games to return, it’s unlikley to go nicely.

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