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Richarlison scored two goals, the second with a spectacular acrobatic kick, to help Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 in the World Cup on Thursday.

In the 73rd minute, the striker used one touch to get the ball airborne and then spun and lifted off the ground before hitting the ball into the net with his right foot.

Brazil struggled to get past the Serbian defense until Richarlison scored from close range in the 62nd in a build-up that started with Neymar.

Vinicius Junior assisted on both goals.

Neymar, in search of his first major title with Brazil, remained on 75 goals for the national team, two short of Pele’s scoring record.

The Brazilian striker had ice taped to his ankle and was crying on the bench after being substituted in the 79th minute. Neymar injured his right ankle in the second half and was tackled hard a few times during the game – limping and grimacing before being forced off the field. He sat on the bench in tears as doctors began to treat him at Lusail Stadium in the final minutes of the game. He pulled his shirt over his head while doctors put ice around his foot.

Brazil striker Neymar, center, walks with a swollen ankle at the end of the World Cup Group G match between Brazil and Serbia at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images)

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar sprained his ankle.

“We put ice on it while he was on the couch and then in physical therapy,” Lasmar said. “No test is planned for now, but we will plan it if necessary. He will be observed. Tomorrow we will know more.”

Brazil coach Tite said he was “confident that Neymar will continue to play in the World Cup”, but Lasmar said it was too early to comment on the extent of the injury.

Tite started with an offensive side with four forwards: Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Raphinha and Richarlison. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta played alongside Casemiro, the lone defensive midfielder.

But Serbia had several players back and managed to stop Brazil from creating many big chances. Neymar tried to control the pace but struggled to find space up front. He, Vinicius Junior and Raphinha missed opportunities early on.

Brazil’s best chance before Richarlison’s opening goal was a low long shot from Alex Sandro that hit the post in the 60th. Neymar got his best chances with a free kick in the 50th and a shot from close to the penalty spot in the 55th.

Neymar, 30, came to his third World Cup as Brazil’s main attraction. He helped the “Selecúo” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and the first Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, but he has yet to win a major title with the national team.

Brazil, seeking to win its first World Cup in two decades, is undefeated in its last 20 opening games, with 17 wins. It has finished first in its group in the last 10 World Cups.

Ronaldo leads Portugal over Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took a deep breath and then made World Cup history.

The Portuguese striker became the first male player to score in five World Cups on Thursday with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana.

Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later, but Joao Felix retook the lead for Portugal in the 78th and Rafael Leao added a third. Osman Bukari narrowed Ghana’s deficit in the 89th.

Ronaldo, 37, wanted to showcase his talents to potential new clubs after his contract with Manchester United was terminated this week. After wasting two good chances in the first half, he tumbled under a challenge from Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu to earn a penalty.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the World Cup Group H football match between Portugal and Ghana, at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar. (Hassan Ammar/The Associated Press)

A smiling Ronaldo rolled away after the ball hit the back of the net and did his usual jump and spin in the air – the crowd roared his signature “SI-UUU” as he pirouetted – before being harassed by teammates.

He has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006 and has a record 118 international goals.

It was a wild end to a slow burner of a World Cup match that ended with Portugal defender Danilo clearing the ball from near the line in the ninth minute of stoppage time. Ronaldo, who was sitting in the dugout after his substitution, put his hand on his head with relief.

Ronaldo, of course, took center stage at the start of his fifth and arguably final World Cup, especially after a fraught run-up to the tournament in which he gave an illicit, revealing interview criticizing Manchester United’s manager, owners and teammates. On Tuesday he parted ways with the English club, leaving him in the window in Qatar.

Another scoring record adds to the shine of his resume. A penalty against Iran in 2006 kicked off his tally of World Cup goals – it’s now eight in 18 games – and he lifted the ball past Ghanaian goalkeeper Lawrence Ati with his final penalty after a long, theatrical run-up to the penalty.

Bruno Fernandes arguably played a more important role in Portugal’s victory, setting up the team’s second and third goals with perfectly weighted through passes.

Still, the Portuguese players almost threw it away after losing their cool in a chaotic last few minutes, with the comical scene of Bukari performing Ronaldo’s “SI-UUU” celebration after his goal.

In the other match in Group H, South Korea and Uruguay drew 0-0.

Embolo’s goal lifts Switzerland above Cameroon

Breel Embolo’s goal took Switzerland to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon at the World Cup on Thursday and he kept his promise not to celebrate scoring against his native country.

The Swiss striker from Yaounde struck with a right-footed shot in the 48th minute, standing eight yards alone in the center of the goalmouth to take Xherdan Shaqiri’s low pass.

Switzerland’s Breel Embolo, back, celebrates after scoring his side’s goal with teammate Granit Xhaka during the Men’s World Cup against Cameroon on Thursday. (Ricardo Mazalan/The Associated Press)

Embolo then pursed his lips in a wry smile and held his arms wide, before raising his hands in an apologetic gesture as teammates ran towards him at the penalty spot.

He pointed to Swiss fans behind the goal where he had scored and then to Cameroonian fans in the opposite corner of the Al Janoub stadium.

The 25-year-old attacker left Cameroon with his family when he was five. They spent time in France before settling in Switzerland, the country he is now representing at a second World Cup.

Although an African-born player scored, teams from Africa are now winless in the four games they have played in this World Cup. All have played higher-ranked teams, with Morocco and Tunisia drawing 0–0 against Croatia and Denmark respectively.

Cameroon’s streak of defeats in World Cup finals stretched to eight games dating back to 2002.

Brazil and Serbia are also in Group G and will meet later on Thursday.

South Korea-Uruguay ends nil-nil

Another favorite team has failed to impress in the early stages of the World Cup.

This time it was South Korea that held South American power Uruguay to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, a result likely to favor the Asian team.

The draw at the Education City Stadium was another early World Cup game with a surprising result. Argentina and Germany both lost their opening game due to major setbacks. This one hinted that he was another.

Uruguayan coach Diego Alonso said he was satisfied, as did South Korean counterpart Paulo Bento. Alonso sounded less convincing.

“I am more than happy with the result,” said Alonso. “I am sure that this group stage will be determined by the last game. We all know that the second game is key, and so is the third. But this does not affect whether we qualify or not.”

Uruguay will next play Portugal in Group H, while South Korea will play against Ghana on Monday. The top two teams in the group advance to the round of 16.

South Korea, with striker Son Heung-min donning a mask to protect a broken left eye socket, always looked more likely to score against the more experienced Uruguayans. The South Koreans were faster and pressed from the opening whistle.

Many South Korean fans donned Batman-style masks in solidarity with Son, who was injured on November 2 in a Champions League match playing for English club Tottenham. He had a few early chances but seemed to tire in the second half.

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