The day 4 of Qatar 2022 provided another set of exciting matchups and gave us a glimpse of how star players perform throughout the tournament and lead their respective nations to glory. You may visit us here for more international soccer updates this World Cup 2022 season!
Switzerland vs. Cameroon
Result: Switzerland 1 – 0 Cameroon
Summary: Breel Embolo became a major key piece in a narrow win of Switzerland against the African giant Cameroon. The Swiss are unbeaten on each Matchday 1 in the last six World Cup, their last defeat in the opening match was way back 1966 against Germany. On the other side, Cameroon extended their World Cup losing streak to eight, second to Mexico that has nine games. Vargas had the chance to double the lead, but was denied by the Inter goalkeeper. Switzerland will next face Brazil, looking to have a back-to-back win, while Cameroon will meet Serbia. Visit for all soccer live scores!
Player of the Match: Breel Embolo 48’
Uruguay vs. South Korea
Result: Uruguay 0 – 0 South Korea
Summary: This is a record-breaking season for the FIFA World Cup 2022 as eight teams have now drawn their opening games with a 0-0 score line (Denmark, Tunisia, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, Croatia, Uruguay, and Korea Republic). This is also the first time South Korea have kept consecutive clean sheets at the World Cup and are unbeaten in their consecutive games, beating Germany 2-0 in 2018, a scoreless draw with Uruguay this year. While Uruguay, in their 14 appearances in the World Cup, they only lost three opening matches and while also recording three scoreless matches (1990, 2010, 2022).
Player of the Match: Federico Valverde
Portugal vs. Ghana
Result: Portugal 3 – 2 Ghana
Summary: This is a thrilling and dramatic win for Portugal. Ghana gave their best to stop the Portuguese strikers from going berserk. The first half ended scoreless, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the start of the shootout in the second half with a controversial penalty. Andre Ayew answers back to equalize the match for Black Stars. However, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao had other plans and scored their first World Cup to put the Selecao on in-command throughout the match. Osman Bukari lifted Ghana at the 89th to get the chance for an equalizer. Inaki Williams shocks Diogo Costa and almost pulls a stoppage-time equalizer. Fernando Santos’ squad marked their first assignment a success, sealing their first three points.
Player of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo 65’ (P)
Brazil vs. Serbia
Result: Brazil 2 – 0 Serbia
Summary: Serbia was in a state of shock after the game, they were toothless as they were unable to answer the strong backlines of Brazil. It was an intense matchup in the first half, as both sides were unable to score. The first goal of the match came in the 62nd minute, Richarlison took advantage of the actions and mismatches inside the box, he sent the ball to the net and past Vanka Milinkovic-Savic. Richarlison got the second and winning goal with an acrobatic volley in the 73rd minute. Brazil stretched their unbeaten opening game in the last 20 editions of the World Cup (W17, D3), their first being only Spain in 1934. Serbia, meanwhile, suffers their eight losses in the last 10 matches at the World Cup.
Player of the Match: Richarlison 62’, 73’
Biggest Winner: Portugal
This is a much-needed win for the Selecao and for Cristiano Ronaldo who recently parted ways with his beloved club Manchester United. Ghana has a strong and balanced squad, so edging this team is monumental and a great advantage for Portugal looking to sweep the group stage. Joao Felix and Rafael Leao’s first goal in the World Cup is also remarkable, now that they have all the motivation and confidence, giving Portugal and Fernando Santos’ squad an obvious edge against Uruguay and Korea Republic.
Biggest Loser: Serbia
Serbia had a pretty strong lineup, as a matter of fact their lineups for their goalkeepers are stacked: Dmitrovic playing for Sevilla, Milinkovic-Savic for Torino, and Rajkovic for Mallorca. But none of them performed well and did not even challenge the stacked strikers and forwards of the Brazilians. Given the fact that some underdog teams are making noises, upsetting contenders like Japan beat Germany and Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina. With this defeat, the team now are facing heavy adversity of losing another match against Cameroon and potentially to be routed by Switzerland and will exit the World Cup winless.
Player of the Day: Richarlison 62’, 73’
Richarlison really did great for Brazil on their opening day. He was the one who uplifted the team in the second half and scored two goals in crunch time. With his two consecutive goals, he helped Brazil to extend their unbeaten streak in their World Cup opening match. His impressive performance puts Brazil ahead in the whole tournament and makes the expectations and odds much higher. Richarlison and Brazil are on their way to sweep the Group stage and rout the knockout stage all the way to lifting the World Cup trophy since 2002.
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