South Korea, Ghana, Uruguay, Serbia and Cameroon are all vying for a spot within the knockout spherical in Friday’s matches, whereas Brazil and Portugal have already certified.
Group H: South Korea vs Portugal (Schooling Metropolis Stadium, 6pm)
Group H: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, 6pm)
Group G: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, 10pm)
Group G: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, 10pm)
Portugal have already secured a spot within the final 16 — and they are going to be seeking to keep unbeaten towards a flailing South Korea, who lost 2-3 to Ghana, to safe the highest spot in Group H.
Cristiano Ronaldo and firm head comfortably into Friday’s match after edging Ghana and clobbering Uruguay, whereas South Korea, for his or her half, will likely be thrust right into a do-or-die second after mustering only a single level following a scoreless stalemate with Uruguay.
South Korea, nevertheless, might take inspiration from their 2002 World Cup 1-0 win over Portugal, the place they progressed to the final 16 for a semi-final run, knocking the Seleção das Quinas out.
Coach Paulo Bento won’t be helming South Korea’s bench after he was proven a purple card for a late-game outburst in his workforce’s bout with Ghana.
“Qualification is assured however we additionally need 1st place,” Ronaldo tweeted earlier than the match. “There are not any limits for this workforce or our objectives. Let’s go for extra! Power Portugal!”
O apuramento está garantido mas queremos também o 1.º lugar. Não há limites para esta equipa nem para os nossos objectivos. Vamos por mais! Força Portugal!🇵🇹🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/BeQFNW3GsR
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 1, 2022
It’s now or by no means for Uruguay in the event that they hope to advance to the 2022 World Cup knockout spherical after being outplayed by Portugal and robbed by goalposts in a goalless draw with South Korea.
For Ghana, the lowest-ranked workforce on the World Cup, a draw towards the South People could possibly be sufficient to propel them into the final 16. However that’s provided that Portugal can dismantle a feisty South Korea of their Friday confrontation. Ghana have been bested by Portugal however confirmed promise in keeping off a spirited South Korea on Monday.
For Uruguay to seek out the win column at Al Janoub Stadium, veterans Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani — who’ve struggled to date — might want to sparkle.
Ghana, in the meantime, have their sights set on redemption, after Uruguay dealt the Black Stars an ignominious quarter-final defeat at South Africa’s 2010 World Cup.
It will be a daunting uphill trek for Serbia to make the knockout stage, although.
Not solely should Serbia overcome the Fifteenth-ranked Swiss, led by Granit Xhaka, by a large purpose margin, however they may even rely on Cameroon to slip previous Brazil for a slender victory.
Switzerland, sitting at three factors, are poised to affix Brazil within the final 16. A win will get them there, however so would a draw, however provided that underdogs Cameroon can outshine a dominant Brazil.
If that’s the case, the Indomitable Lions might want to play their finest after a loss to Switzerland and a draw with Serbia. Maintain your eyes on striker Vincent Aboubakar, who ensured Cameroon’s survival after netting arguably one of many 2022 World Cup’s most spectacular objectives towards Serbia.
Brazil, who’ve already certified for the event’s knockout phases, are anticipated to relaxation lots of their prime gamers in Friday’s recreation. It’s unclear if Neymar, sidelined from the group phases attributable to harm, might make a knockout stage comeback.
Brazil will tackle one of many Group H opponents — Portugal, Ghana, South Korea or Uruguay — within the knockout stage. They are going to play the group’s runners-up with a win on Friday. A loss might spell a possible showdown with Portugal, relying on how issues shake out on Friday.
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