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Another Dramatic Night at the FIFA World Cup 2022

League matches are over, and Round of 16 starts today

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

QATAR: FIFA World Cup 2022 is on thrilling start since the initial matches. Following Uruguay vs Ghana, Brazil and Cameroon landed as the next contenders. Given their blazing faceoff, Switzerland and Serbia joined the list.

A spotlight on the thrilling FIFA games till now

Brazil vs. Cameroon and Switzerland vs. Serbia

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After 90 minutes of deadlock, Vincent Aboubacker scored for Cameroon in extra time. He was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for taking off his shirt, sealing a historic 1-0 victory over Brazil.

Cameroon defeated Brazil in the FIFA World Cup finals, becoming the first African country to do it. Serbia was defeated 3-2 by Switzerland, preventing the AFCON nation from advancing to the Round of 16.

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A thrilling conclusion to a game that, while one of the best FIFA World Cup classics in the first half, slowed down a bit in the second half. But goals from Embolo, Shaqiri, and Freuler were sufficient to advance Switzerland to the round of 16. 

Although Serbia was a great team in the game, they lacked the defensive strength to compete in the tournament.

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South Korea vs. Portugal and Uruguay vs. Ghana

Drama has been a constant at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Predictions were made, and favorites were identified, but most predictions were wrong, as the Qatar World Cup produced several surprises throughout the course of the fortnight-long group stage.

Uruguay defeated Ghana 2-0 in the Group H encounter thanks to Suarez’s assistance in the first half. However, Kim Young- gwon’s goal in the 27th minute negated Portugal’s first goal, keeping South Korea in contention for a Round of 16 spots.

Uruguay was still in second in the points standings, only behind Portugal, at the start of the second half.

But in the closing five minutes of play, the situation changed when Son Heung-min sent a flawless pass inside the box to Hwang Hee-chan, who curled it past the Portuguese goalie to give South Korea the lead.

The points table had a form change with the goal. Although Uruguay and South Korea traded places for the second slot, South Korea maintained its top position. 

Both teams have the same number of points and goal differential. However, they are separated by goals scored. The Asian country had two more goals, but Uruguay only needed one more goal to get ahead of them in the fight for goal differential.

FIFA displayed the winning goal by Hwang Hee-chan on a giant screen before the camera switched to the Uruguay bench and captured Suarez standing there in shock and then in tears.

After South Korea’s game was over, Uruguay was still looking for a goal. Due to injury time, the South American team still had seven minutes remaining. But all of their efforts were in vain, and Suarez was reduced to crying once more while hiding his face with his jersey.

Round of 16 Matches

  • Netherlands v USA 
  • Argentina v Australia 
  • France v Poland 
  • England v Senegal 
  • Japan v Croatia 
  • Brazil v South Korea 
  • Morocco v Spain 
  • Portugal v Switzerland

Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2022: Uruguay Knocked out Despite 2-0 Win over Ghana

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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