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Key events of World Cup 2022: Ronaldo makes it to five on Day 5

The Portuguese forward is the first player to score in five World Cups as Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 in the Open tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups and guiding Portugal to a 3-2 win over Ghana on day five of the World Cup in Qatar.

The 37-year-old scored a massive penalty in the 61st minute to put Fernando Santos’ side ahead in the Group H clash at the 974 Stadium in Doha Manchester United.

Portugal’s lead did not last long as Ghana captain Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute, marking the first goal by an African side at this year’s tournament.

The roaring Black Stars fans erupted in cheers after watching their team fail to fire a shot for the first 45 minutes.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, as Portugal warmed up to make it 3-1 after 80 minutes with two goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao in the seven minutes that followed.

However, any Portuguese hopes of a comfortable win were dashed by Ghana’s Osman Bukari’s 3-2 89th-minute win.

A tense nine minutes of extra time ensued but Portugal held on to take three points and move top of the group.

Next up is Portugal against Uruguay on Monday. Ghana plays South Korea on the same day.

Brazil vs Serbia

Brazil opened their World Cup campaign in style as Richarlison propelled the tournament favorites to a 2-0 win over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.

The 25-year-old striker scored just under the hour of the Group G game and followed that up shortly afterwards with a spectacular second goal in the 73rd minute.

Serbia, who put up stiff resistance in the first two-thirds of the game, had to chase the shadows while the Brazilian players twirled the ball and regularly attacked the opposition’s penalty area, underscoring their credibility as the competition’s top goalscorers.

But there were concerns about star striker Neymar.

The 30-year-old had helped the Selecao win the 2013 Confederations Cup and their first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, but he limped out of action against Serbia in the 80th minute after picking up a shot tightened his right ankle.

Neymar has had problems with that foot before and the Paris St. Germain player sat on the bench with his face covered while receiving treatment for the remainder of the game.

With Brazil’s win, they remain at the top of Group G, followed by Switzerland.

On Monday, the South American giants, aiming for their sixth World Cup victory, meet Switzerland. On the same day, Serbia plays Cameroon.

Uruguay vs South Korea

Uruguay and South Korea kicked off their World Cup campaigns at Doha’s Education City Stadium with a fast-paced game that ended in a goalless draw.

Despite the lack of goals, the atmosphere in the stadium was electric and South Korean fans banged drums throughout the game.

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