Ronaldo makes history, Embolo hurts birth nation… talking points of World Cup Day 5

Day 5 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup started with Cameroon, one of the five African representatives, getting defeated 1-0 by Switzerland.

Breel Embolo’s second-half strike from Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross was all Switzerland needed to claim victory at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday evening.

Embolo’s goal was even more notable due to the fact that he was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Here are five major talking points from Day 5.


Drab affair

According to critics and viewers, the game between Switzerland and Cameroon didn’t live up to expectations in terms of entertaining football, as both teams appeared to pay more emphasis on physicality and not the technical aspect of the game.

The feedback must surely be a source of concern to the technical crews of both teams.


Cristiano Ronaldo proves critics wrong

It was yet another day to prove his critics wrong. Ronaldo, the game-changer, scored the opener for Portugal from the penalty spot.

Ronaldo’s goal was a beautiful moment in a tough period for him, especially after his contract was recently terminated by Manchester United. Aside from the goal, he was often found running down the channels and causing all sorts of problems for the Black Stars.

The goal saw him become the first player to score in five World Cups as he helped his country secure a nervy 3-2 win against Ghana.


Stubborn Black Stars

The Black Stars of Ghana were expected to be pushovers for Portugal, but reverse was the case. The Super Eagles conquerors set up in a shrewd way and waited for breaks on the counter.

Winger Kudus Mohammed gave a good account of himself with the assist for Andre Ayew after running behind the Ruben Dias-led backline.

Arsenal’s Thomas Partey intercepted and called the shots in the middle of the park. It was a relief to also see Ousman Boukari get on the scoresheet.


Although the Black Stars fans would have some harsh words for coach Otto Addo who set up his team in a defensive way, the Ghanaians were however unlucky to get defeated.

Alex Sandro stars at left back


The Juventus player deserves praise for his superb defensive and offensive positions throughout the match.

He hit the woodwork and was often attacking down the left. Not just Sandro, the entire Brazilian team was full of running. This confirms their pre-tournament favourite tag.


Richarlison arrives with a bang

Just when it seemed the Serbians were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Brazil, Richarlison came alive.


The Brazilians kept pushing and were rewarded thanks to Richarlison’s tap-in and a subsequent spectacular overhead kick.

Given his goals and contribution, he is expected to enjoy a key role for Brazil throughout the tournament.

His critics will no doubt agree that he has justified his selection over Roberto Firminho in the World Cup squad.

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