The curtain falls on the first day of the group stage of Qatar 2022. With the matches of the national teams in groups G and H we have already received the first indications of this World Cup which never ceases to arouse emotions. In fact, we could already have the best goal of the tournament…
So let’s summarize everything that happened today at Qatar 2022.
Mother Germaine and father Moise are from Cameroonthe country where Breel Embolo was also born before moving with his family to Swiss. After growing up in the youth teams of Old Boys and Basel, however, he chooses to embrace Swiss citizenship, where over the years he becomes the starting striker of the national team.
Today fate has confronted him with a mocking destiny. It was Embolo himself who scored the decisive goal against “his” Cameroon which allowed the Swiss to find the first 3 points in group G.
Fourth goalless draw of Qatar 2022 the one between Uruguay And South Korea. La Celeste is betrayed by its three tenors in attack – Cavani, Suarez and Nunez – who are not in the day and are struggling in the opposing penalty area. The first half is even dominated by the Asians who, however, despite the extended possession, never kick on goal.
Shortly before the interval it was then the caudillo Godin who went on his own but his header crashed on the woodwork. In the second half, Uruguay regained control of the situation but Kim (from Napoli) and his teammates limited the South Americans’ Garra Charrua, who were still just one goal in the final – and what a goal! – hit by Valverde with a big right footed blow.
It all happens in the second half between Portugal And Ghana. After a somewhat boring first part of the match, the Seleção took the lead in the second half thanks to a (generous) penalty earned and scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the first player to score in five different editions of the World Cup. The Black Stars are not there and find the draw with the paw of the eternal André Ayew, son of the legendary Abedì Pele. The Portuguese show their muscles and within a few minutes they take a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao (first joy in the senior national team for the AC Milan player). Bukari’s header makes the final match incandescent, who rejoices like CR7 and pushes his team towards a desperate forcing.
Portugal seem in full control but risk conceding the equalizer in the most naive way possible. At the time of the relaunch, Diogo Costa did not notice the arrival of Inaki Williams, who was perched behind him like a jaguar ready to bite its prey. The attacker lashes out at the ball, blows it away from the goalkeeper but slips sensationally at the moment of shooting. Bad scare for Ronaldo & co. who win but have to review the defensive phase.
The Brazil of Tite is a firmament of stars. Difficult to choose the most representative player but perhaps this is where his strength lies. We could settle for saying Neymar, but he would be an understatement of the work done by the various Vinicius, Paquetà, Casemiro and also of a Danilo who acts with the lights off. In the match against Serbi, Richarlison took the cover, who scored more goals today than he has so far in the Premier League.
The first is a simple tap-in, which in itself is a difficult goal to score because not everyone can guess the short clearance from Milinkovic-Savic (who was not to blame for Vinicius’ great shot), but the attacker Tottenham yes and in doing so sends the green-gold people who rushed to the stands into raptures.
The second is a feast for the eyes, the classic goal that everyone hopes to score. The usual Vini puts the ball in the middle with his right winger and Richarlison – who, we recall, hadn’t been on the field for a month due to injury – tames it and without ever letting it fall to the ground, he turns it on goal with an incredible scissor kick. How many very difficult plays in one action? Impossible to count them, what is certain is that Brazil are really strong and that – perhaps – we already have the World Cup goal.