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FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 9, Highlights: Neymar-less Brazil face an uphill task against Switzerland

FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 9 Highlights, November 28: Brazil will face Switzerland, Cameroon will be up against Serbia, South Korea to take on Ghana and Portugal will lock horns against Uruguay.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 9 Live Updates: The mascot of the Qatar World Cup is displayed during the opening ceremony. (AP)

World Cup 2022 Highlights: Eight teams, four matches and the round of 16 berths up for grab on Day nine of the ongoing FIFA World Cup. Brazil will face Switzerland, Cameroon will be up against Serbia, South Korea to take on Ghana and Portugal will lock horns against Uruguay.

Ronaldo gets his rematch four years after Uruguay knocked his Portugal team out of the World Cup. There’s no Neymar for Brazil in Monday’s game against Switzerland as the star player is nursing an ankle injury suffered in the 2-0 opening match win over Serbia.

Cameroon and Serbia both lost opening matches to set up a pivotal Group G match. Ghana is in danger of elimination in its match against South Korea on Monday despite a decent showing against Portugal.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Day 9, Highlights: Cameroon will take on Serbia; South Korea will be up against Ghana, Brazil will face Switzerland, and Portugal will lock horns against Uruguay

15:14 (IST)28 Nov 2022
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14:50 (IST)28 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: Cameroon vs Serbia!
14:41 (IST)28 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: Today's games!
14:15 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi's journey!

Even as Morocco stunned the football world with their 2-0 win over Belgium, their prized defender Achraf Hakimi, who has played for PSG alongside Leo Messi, ran towards the sidelines to meet his mother, who was wearing the Moroccan flag. She would plant a kiss on his cheeks, and he would kiss her forehead. He would remove his jersey and give her. The heartwarming picture went viral. There is a touching story behind it. Saida Mou, Ashraf’s mother, used to clean houses in Spain to try to provide a decent life for her son. [Read More]

13:45 (IST)28 Nov 2022
What did Messi do after scoring the goal against Mexico?

Lionel Messi, the redeemer of Argentina with his first goal against Mexico, was seen at the training ground just a few hours after the late-night game. The Argentine newspapers have feverishly reported his movements in the morning after. There was a training for non-playing squad members at 11.00 am Qatari time at the training field of the University of Qatar. The squad does live there, itself, as they had chosen it instead of plush hotels. [Read More]

13:24 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Mexican world champion boxer Canalo Alvarez threatens Lionel Messi

Saulo Canalo Alvarez, a world champion boxer from Mexico, has tweeted out a series of angry messages against Lionel Messi. He believes that Messi kicked a Mexican jersey insultingly inside Argentina’s locker room.

Canelo Alvarez is the undisputed champion (WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF) of the super middleweight category (76 kg). He is also the highest grossing boxer of the moment. [Read More]

13:01 (IST)28 Nov 2022
World Cup 2022 Live Updates: What to watch today!

Last week, the world got to see what this monster of a midfielder does for his club. Two moments stand out particularly – the first was a shot so powerful that when he hit the upright, the thud could be heard despite the noise in the stands; a bit like how Tendulkar’s straight drives would drown out all other sounds. [Read More]

12:42 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Portuguese fans all ready!
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12:22 (IST)28 Nov 2022
NASA's technology to Neymar’s rescue!

Neymar damaged ligaments in his right ankle in the team’s 2-0 opening win over Serbia on Thursday and will miss the match against Switzerland on Monday. He remained hopeful of recovering but team doctors still haven’t given a timetable on his return — or said if he will return at all. [Read More]

12:01 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Cameroon-Serbia in same boat

Cameroon and Serbia both lost opening matches to set up a pivotal Group G match.

Serbia lost 2-0 to Brazil on a miserable night in which it didn't get a single shot on goal for its first loss in seven matches. Cameroon narrowly fell 1-0 to Switzerland and hasn't won in five consecutive matches.

A loss for either team — combined with a draw between Brazil and Switzerland — could send both Cameroon and Serbia to the final group stage game with nothing to play for at the World Cup.

11:43 (IST)28 Nov 2022
All eyes on Richarlison

Richarlison has scored nine goals in his last seven appearances for Brazil, and against Serbia became the eighth Brazilian to score a pair of goals in his World Cup debut, and the first since Neymar in 2014.

Brazil actually has quite a deep roster as it seeks a sixth World Cup title and its first in two decades, with Vinicius Junior, Raphinha and Rodrygo all ready to play against Switzerland.

11:18 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Ronaldo gets his rematch four years after Uruguay knocked his Portugal team out of the World Cup.

The match Monday gives Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to avenge Portugal's loss in the round of 16 to Uruguay in 2018, even if it doesn't carry the same stakes. Uruguay's 2-1 win in Russia knocked Portugal out of the World Cup, and the most Monday's group stage match can do for Portugal is advance Ronaldo into the last 16 for the fourth time in his career.

11:07 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Scenario for Uruguay

Uruguay played to a 0-0 draw against South Korea and can't advance or be eliminated on Monday. But a loss would make Uruguay vulnerable headed into its final group stage match, and although not counted among the favorites, Uruguay is trying to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.

Uruguay won the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, but its recent history includes a fourth-place finish in 2010, the round of 16 in 2014 and the quarterfinals four years ago in Russia by beating Portugal.

10:49 (IST)28 Nov 2022
Enzo Fernández’s old emotional letter to Leo Messi!

When the 21-year old Enzo Fernandez scored a gorgeous second goal to ensure Argentina won the game against Mexico, Leonel Messi would say, “I’m not surprised by Enzo, I know him and I see him train every day. He deserves it, because he’s a spectacular player”. In 2016, after the Copa America tournament, when Messi had announced his retirement from playing for Argentina -a decision he would retract after two months, the teenaged Fernández penned an emotional letter to his hero, pleading with him to reconsider his decision. [Read More]

10:34 (IST)28 Nov 2022
World Cup 2022 Live Updates: What to watch today!

Qatar’s lush green carpets might feel like a world away from his dirt pitches in Montevideo. But if Uruguay hope to make it beyond the group stage, they’ll hope Valverde channels his inner spirit when they take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal tonight. It’ll be a revenge match from Portugal’s point of view. At the 2018 World Cup, it was Edinson Cavani’s brace that ended Ronaldo & Co.’s campaign in the Round of 16. Now, Portugal have a chance to beat Uruguay, which would leave them on the brink of an early exit. [Read More]

10:18 (IST)28 Nov 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates: Hello and Welcome!

Cameroon and Serbia both lost opening matches to set up a pivotal Group G match, Ghana will take on South Korea, and will look to sustain itself in the World Cup. Brazil to face Switzerland. Ronaldo will take revenge on Uruguay for knocking them out of the World Cup, 4 years ago. Stay tuned for live updates!

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“Has he got four lungs?”

As with most things on social media, this comment – during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool this year – too was a massive exaggeration. It, however, encapsulated the awe Fede Valverde generates every time he has the ball on his feet. Or even when he doesn’t.

Valverde stirs up these emotions week in, and week out in Spain. The Real Madrid midfielder is often tireless in possession. When he doesn’t have the ball, he’s almost always chasing down opponents, trying to win it back. According to whoscored.com, he has won possession ‘ninth-most times (12) in La Liga this season.’ (Read More)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial penalty against Ghana a stroke of ‘genius’ – FIFA Panel

Ghana's Mohammed Salisu fouls in the penalty box Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during a World Cup group H soccer match at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial penalty against Ghana has been called a work of “genius” by the FIFA technical study group member Sunday Oliseh.

Clever players should get as much credit as new technology, according to Sunday Oliseh, a midfielder who played at two World Cups for Nigeria and is studying games in Qatar for FIFA.

“Maybe the strikers are getting smarter? If you look at the penalty that Ronaldo got,” he said about the Portugal star seeming to tempt a Ghana defender into a tackle that was judged a foul. (Read More)

Brazil fans wish for Neymar’s broken leg but Argentinians treat Messi like god, Portuguese hail Ronaldo as king: Raphina

Brazil's Neymar goes down after sustaining an injury as Thiago Silva and Marquinhos look on.

Brazil forward Raphinha has made a scathing attack on fan’s ill-treatment of his compatriot Neymar following his ankle injury during their World Cup opener against Serbia.

Raphinha took to social media on Friday evening and jumped in defence of his teammate and went on to say that Brazil fans ‘do not deserve’ the talent of Neymar.

“The Argentina fans treat Messi like a god. The Portugal fans treat CR7 like a king. Brazil Fans encourage Ney to break his leg,” Raphinha wrote on his Instagram story. (Read More)

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First published on: 28-11-2022 at 09:46 IST
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