After a Sunday of action-packed games, Groups G & H finished match day two of the 2022 Men’s World Cup and did not disappoint on Monday.
World Cup Matchday 2: Groups G & H
World Championship Group G: Cameroon 3 – Serbia 3
At the start of the second week of the 2022 World Cup, Cameroon recovered from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Serbia 3-3. The Serbs missed three crucial points with their defeat.
Goalkeeper Andre Onana was left out of Cameroon’s squad ahead of the game due to a disagreement with the manager at the weekend. Devis Epassy would get the start against Serbia.
Serbia came close to taking an early 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic had to beat Epassy but his goal rang the post. In the 17th minute, a poor clearance by Kamerun Mitrovic created another scoring chance. This time Mitrovic narrowly missed the goal and was amazed.
Cameroon scored first in the 29th minute. Jean-Charles Castelletto scored his first international goal for his country from a corner kick. Unattended at the far post, Castelletto made Serbia pay for his man-marking error.
Shortly before the end of the first half, Serbia equalized at 45+1. Strahinja Pavlovic found a header from a Dusan Tadic free kick. Just two minutes later, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s left-footed shot from long-range gave the Serbs a 2-1 lead.
Early in the second half, Mitrovic would redeem himself after two previous failed attempts. In the 53rd minute, the Serbs took control of Cameroon 3-1 with a fine passing game.
Cameroon struck back in the 63rd minute. Vincent Aboubakar immediately caused a stir after coming on with a delightful chipshot over the head from Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
Cameroon used the momentum from Aboubakr’s goal to level the game in the 66th minute. Aboubakr was again a factor in the game. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting would capitalize on an Aboubakr cross, leveling the game and eventually giving Cameroon a point.
World Championship Group G: Brazil 1 – Switzerland 0
With Neymar absent through injury, it was a closer match than expected between Brazil and Switzerland.
The Brazilians advanced to the knockout rounds by beating the Swiss. With a place in the next round, Brazil have moved past the group stage for the 14th consecutive World Cup.
Vinicius Junior was robbed by Yann Sommer from Switzerland in the 27th minute. A long cross from Raphinha found an open Vinicius Junior en route to goal, which was eventually thwarted by Sommer.
Vinicius Junior brought on Brazil in the 64th minute but his goal was ruled out by VAR for offside. Manchester United midfielder Casemiro gave Brazil a late lead in the 83rd minute. A pass started by Vinicius Junior, then to Rodrygo, found Casemiro in the end who smashed the volley past Sommer to give Brazil the lead and a win.
Group G Table
- 1st: Brazil – 6 pts
- 2nd: Switzerland – 3 pts
- 3rd: Cameroon – 1 pt
- 4th: Serbia – 1 point
World Championship Group H: Ghana 3 – South Korea 2
Possibly the most electrifying game of the tournament so far, Ghana picked up three big points against South Korea.
Ghana started the goal in the 24th minute from Mohammed Salisu. Salisu found the loose ball with a superb free-kick from Jordan Ayew and gave Ghana a 1-0 lead.
Ghana doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Ayew provided another excellent assist and found Mohammed Kudus in the box for a header. Ghana found themselves back in the lead at the end of the first half.
South Korea got back into the game in the 58th minute. Cho Gue-sung capitalized on a cross from Lee Kang-in. In a match full of impressive assists, Kang-in added his name to the list. In the 61st minute, Gue-sung scored his second goal in just three minutes. Another perfect cross, Jin-su Kim found Gue-sung to head the ball.
Kudus put Ghana back in front in the 68th minute. In the right place at the right time, Kudus’ left foot put his country ahead again. South Korea struggled with several shots on goal until the final whistle, but Ghana’s defense withstood their offensive pressure.
World Championship Group H: Portugal 2 – Uruguay 0
Portugal advanced to the knockout rounds after beating Uruguay 2-0.
The Portuguese immediately put pressure on Uruguay. Ronaldo set up William Carvalho with an impressive shoulder pass in the third minute, but Caravalho fired his shot over the bar.
Ronaldo had an opportunity to create a scoring chance from a free kick in the 18th minute, but Uruguay’s wall deflected his attempt. Bentancur punched his way through the Portuguese defense in the 32nd minute but Diogo Coasta rushed out of goal to snuff his scoring opportunity.
Bruno Fernandes gave the Portuguese a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute. Originally attributed to Ronaldo, Fernandes’ clever shot from outside the box fooled Uruguay’s goalkeeper. It seemed like Ronaldo put his head on the ball, but later replays showed that wasn’t the case. A misreading by Fernando Muslera gave Portugal the lead.
Fernandes converted a penalty in the 90+3 to earn himself a brace on the day. A handball that saw Portugal miss a penalty ruined the momentum Uruguay were building in the last 15 minutes of the game.
Group H Table
- 1st: Portugal – 6 pts
- 2nd: Ghana – 3 pts
- 3rd: South Korea – 1 point
- 4th: Uruguay – 1 pt
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