World Cup: record Ronaldo, injured Neymar, Embolo “against his side” … What to remember from November 24

We experienced emotions this Thursday. First that of Breel Embolo, the Swiss who fell from his native country of Cameroon (1-0), then that of Cristiano Ronaldo, in tears during the anthem of Portugal, before helping his people to get rid of Ghana (3-2) in a completely crazy second period. Uruguay and South Korea also disappointed us a lot by leaving with a goalless draw (0-0). Finally, we were expecting one of the big favourites, Brazil, against Serbia. And it was Neymar that we found with tears in our eyes, on the bench, hit in the right ankle. We will explain everything to you.

The record: Ronaldo, alone in history

Scoring in five different World Cups is what Cristiano Ronaldo managed to do with Portugal to go even further into the history of football. 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and now 2022 with this penalty scored against Ghana, which he went to get himself. Lionel Messi, Pelé or even the king of World Cup goals Miroslav Klose do no better with at least one goal in four different World Cups.

“Being the first player to score in five World Cups is something that makes me very proud. It’s a beautiful moment, ”reacted the Portuguese legend after the meeting. The five-time Ballon d’Or, who finds himself without a club after leaving Manchester United, shed a few tears during the Portugal anthem. A day full of emotions.

The fear: Neymar’s injury

It is all Brazilian and Parisian supporters, but also all football fans who fear the worst for Neymar. Already accustomed to ankle injuries, the Seleção star came off in the 79th minute, replaced by Manchester United player Antony, after a strong tackle from Serbian defender Milenkovic. The master player from Brazil got up first before requesting the intervention of the trainers a few minutes later. Unable to continue, Neymar joined the bench.

Images of him, his head under his jersey, and with an ice pack on his right ankle, have flourished everywhere on social networks. “We will see what the doctors say. He felt… We think he’s fine, ”tried to reassure his compatriot Lucas Paqueta on TF1. What to fear the worst for the Brazilian, who was however arriving in the form of his life in this 2022 World Cup, after a great start to the season with PSG. We are awaiting a few more details on the severity of his injury.

The player: Breel Embolo against his own

Against Cameroon, Switzerland believed for a long time that they could only bring back a draw, but that was without counting on Breel Embolo… born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The AS Monaco striker, who could have played for the opposing team, scored the only goal of the game with his right foot (1-0, 48′) on receiving a very good cross from Shaqiri. Arrived in Switzerland at the age of 4 with his family, Embolo, pursed lips, celebrated his goal with all possible restraint.

The first of his career in the World Cup and the 12th in 60 selections with the Nati. A World Cup that he obviously could have played with the Indomitable Lions. In 2014, when he was only 17 and one of the great hopes of the Bundesliga, he was approached by Cameroon coach Volker Finke. He will finally choose Switzerland. “It takes away a bit from the dream scenario, underlined the striker after the meeting. It is perhaps a bit of the history of football: to be there, and to put it like that. »

The goal: Richarlison’s acrobatic volley

A few tenths of a second out of time, and the magic of Richarlison. This is the goal of this start of the 2022 World Cup. So we could not fail to tell you about it. On an overflow on the left side of Vinicius finds the Tottenham striker with a well thought out exterior. And this is where the Lusail stadium was able to witness a magnificent sequence. First a little missed control of the left foot, which will raise the ball in the air of the Stade de Lusail. After a few tenths of a second when everyone expects an acrobatic volley, the first Brazilian striker rushes to perform this “bicycle” this time with the right foot. A gesture made to perfection, which goes directly into the small left net of Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

L’action : la ruse d’Inaki Williams

This one, we didn’t see it coming. Even less in the tenth minute of added time in a World Cup match. We’re heading for a 3-2 victory for Portugal against Ghana, as Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa prepares to clear the ball away from his penalty area. But the doorman of FC Porto does not see the Ghanaian striker Inaki Williams, who remained crouched behind his back.

And when the Portugal goalkeeper calmly puts the ball on the ground, believing himself alone to play on foot, the Athletic Bilbao player emerges and passes in front of him to seize the ball. To everyone’s surprise, and in the clamor of Doha’s 974 stadium. Alas, Williams slips and spreads out on the lawn. The Black Stars centre-forward gets up and regains control of the ball ahead of Diogo Costa, but Manchester City defender Ruben Dias lunges to counter him and sends the ball wide of his goal. An absolutely lunar action.

Image: Heung-Min Son, a masked idol

Victim of several facial fractures against Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League, Heung-Min Son is forced to play with a mask for South Korea in this 2022 World Cup. Uruguay (0-0), dozens of supporters like this wore the same mask as the superstar of their selection. Zoro is back.

The number: 0

0. This is the number of shots on target during the goalless draw between Uruguay and South Korea (0-0) according to official FIFA statistics. The Opta Analysis Center is a little more ambitious, and has seen only one. Perhaps the worst match of this 2022 World Cup. However, there was talent on the pitch: Heung-Min Son, Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez, Edinson Cavani… Out of 16 strikes, none found the target . A rather quiet day for the goalkeepers.

The phrase: “Maybe they were sleeping”

After the defeat of his team against Portugal (2-3), the coach of Ghana openly criticized the decision of the referees on the whistled penalty for a small fault on Cristiano Ronaldo: “There was no penalty, it was a bad decision. I don’t know why the VAR didn’t intervene. It’s amazing maybe they were sleeping. We were playing the ball and there is contact. I don’t know what the VAR was looking at. But if you watch the action, we were playing the ball, it was actually a foul against us. I asked people from Fifa if I could talk a bit with the referee (after the match was over), in a calm way, but they told me that it was not possible. ” Dishonest ? Your turn to judge.


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