Cameroon 3 v Serbia 3
Brazil 1-0 Switzerland
South Korea 2-3 Ghana
Portugal 2-0 Uruguay
Cristiano Ronaldo has been described as “too desperate” after celebrating a World Cup goal as his own despite him making no contact with the ball.
A stunning cross from compatriot Bruno Fernandes initially looked to have been nodded into the net by the superstar but replays show it didn’t make contact with even as much as a strand of his hair.
He celebrated what he thought was his second goal of the tournament like a madman before the stadium announcer credited Ronaldo’s ex-Man United team-mate.
Needless to say, social media lit up afterwards.
And at fulltime, Ronaldo was captured pointing to the side of his head, appearing to still be complaining about the goal being awarded to Fernandes.
FULL GUIDE: STATE OF PLAY IN EVERY WORLD CUP GROUP
8:50AM STAR KEEPER BANISHED FROM WORLD CUP
Never a dull moment in Qatar and this time it’s a player being kicked out of the tournament with Cameroon’s Andre Onana banished from the squad after a disagreement with the coach.
The Inter Milan stopper was dropped from Cameroon’s matchday squad for an unspecified disciplinary issue, with reports later circulating that the 26-year-old had been sent home before his team fought back from two goals down in an eventful Group G clash.
“The issue is that Andre has now been left out for disciplinary reasons,” coach Rigobert Song said on the matter.
“In a group, you need to expect the rules [to] apply to everybody. And I prefer to ensure that the teams takes precedent over individuals.
“I think [I] needed to make that decision and it was something that had to happen. Everyone who did get picked was capable and those who didn’t want to be part of that, then that can be judged.”
According to reports, Onana did not agree with his coach’s tactic though other outlets suggest he had concerns about Samuel Eto’o’s involvement with the team.
It remains to be seen if he has left Qatar but with Song not willing to rule him out of the clash with Brazil.
“For the time being, I’ve had to wait and we’ll see if he’s going to stay with us,” Song said.
“It’s up to him as well to a certain extent. So, you’re gonna have to agree to respect the rules to perhaps come back into the squad.”
8:20AM QATAR’S BRAVEST MAN
A man with a rainbow flag and wearing a T-shirt with the words “Respect for Iranian Woman” on the back invaded the pitch during a match at the Qatar World Cup on Monday.
The man was on the field for about 30 seconds during the second half of the game between Portugal and Uruguay before being escorted off by security. He also had the words “Save Ukraine” on the front.
Gay rights and the use of the rainbow flag have been a simmering issue at the World Cup in the Gulf state, where homosexuality is illegal.
Captains of seven European teams had planned to wear rainbow-themed anti-discrimination armbands during the tournament as part of a campaign for diversity.
But they backed down over the threat of disciplinary action from football’s governing body FIFA, including yellow cards.
Britain’s sports minister Stuart Andrew will wear the rainbow-coloured armband when he attends England’s clash with Wales on Tuesday.
Fans complained earlier in the tournament that they had been told to remove items of clothing with the rainbow on them.
8AM PORTUGAL ARE THROUGH
A late penalty has secured Portugal’s spot in the last 16 of the World Cup.
A second goal for Fernandes wrapped things up and there was no chance Ronaldo could try and claim that one having been subbed off 15 minutes before the whistle.
7:15AM FANS SICKENED BY SHAMEFUL WORLD CUP SELFIE
A Ghana official attempted to take a selfie with Son Heung-min while he was crying after South Korea’s defeat at the World Cup.
A thrilling Group H clash saw Ghana go 2-0 up – before a quickfire Cho Gue-sung double levelled things up with 30 minutes remaining.
But Mohammed Kudus then netted his second of the game to put Ghana back in front.
And they hung on to secure their first win of this World Cup.
The result leaves Ghana on three points, but South Korea are now facing a difficult task if they wish to qualify for the round of 16 after a draw and a defeat from their opening two matches.
And Tottenham star Son was in tears at the full-time whistle after an emotionally-draining loss.
Yet one member of the Ghana team still had his eyes set on getting a picture with Son – regardless of the South Korean’s deep disappointment.
He came over to the Spurs man and thrust the camera in his face.
Son turned away from the official, before a member of the Ghana backroom staff urged the man to put his phone away.
They then attempted to check on the welfare of Son, but he walked off as it was clear he wanted to be left alone.
Reacting on social media, one person said: “Son is crying and this Ghana coach is taking a selfie with him… bro ”
Another added: “Did that Ghana coach just take a selfie with Son? Shame is actually free.”
A third said: “Nah wanting a selfie with Son afterwards when he’s devastated is crazy .”
And a fourth added: “Absolutely shameless from that Ghanaian coach taking a selfie while Son crying.”
Originally published by The Sun
7:12AM PORTUGAL SCORE!
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating like he’s scored it but his head didn’t touch it, not even a strand of hair made a connection so the goal belongs to Bruno Fernandes.
Stadium announcer confirms the goal to Ronaldo’s teammate – hasn’t gone down well with the superstar.
Small blow to the ego no doubt.
6:45AM WHO TUNRED OUT THE LIGHTS?
Brazil’s World Cup clash against Switzerland was momentarily suspended when the lights went out inside the stadium.The floodlights at Stadium 974 in Doha suddenly stopped working just as Brazil were about to take a corner on the stroke of half-time.
Luckily they flashed back into life just seconds later to ironic cheers from the crowd.
The game then carried on as normal after the 44,000 seater arena was plunged into darkness.
For a brief moment, the advertising hoardings at the side of the pitch were the only things illuminating the stadium.
In total the lights were out for around seven seconds on the stroke of half-time.
5AM BRAZIL THROUGH WITHOUT NEYMAR
A Brazil side lacking spark without the injured Neymar needed a late strike from Casemiro to edge out Switzerland 1-0 on Monday as the five-time winners secured their place in the World Cup last 16 with one game to spare.
The Brazilians had been frustrated by an obdurate Swiss side at Doha’s Stadium 974 and it looked as if they would have to settle for a point after a Vinicius Junior strike in the second half was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.
But then, with seven minutes remaining, Bruno Guimaraes flicked the ball on to Casemiro just inside the box and the Manchester United midfielder’s volley flew into the net with the help of a slight but significant deflection off Manuel Akanji.
Tite’s side are just the second team to qualify for the last 16 after France and the only side apart from the holders to have won both group matches so far in Qatar.
With six points they will be tempted to rest players for their final Group G game against Cameroon on Friday, when a draw will secure them top spot.
Switzerland, meanwhile, failed to muster a shot on target but remain on course to qualify too, with the 3-3 draw between Serbia and Cameroon earlier meaning a win against the Serbians will take Murat Yakin’s side through and a draw may also suffice.
4AM WORLD CUP THRILLER
Mohammed Kudus scored twice as Ghana beat South Korea 3-2 in a pulsating World Cup encounter to keep their World Cup hopes alive and leave Paulo Bento’s side facing an early exit.
Mohammed Salisu opened the scoring against the run of play midway through the first half at Education City Stadium and Ajax midfielder Kudus doubled the Black Stars’ lead.
But the Asian side, who looked toothless in the first half, roared back after the break, pulling level through a quickfire double from forward Cho Gue-sung either side of the hour mark.
Ghana looked shell-shocked as the Korean fans celebrated wildly but they were back in front in the 68th minute when Kudus finished calmly at the back post after Inaki Williams failed to connect with a cross from the left.
The result takes Ghana into second in Group H on three points. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will have six points and secure qualification for the last 16 if they beat Uruguay in the later kick-off in Qatar.
Despite their efforts, South Korea look likely to crash out of the tournament at the group stage for the third straight World Cup.
3AMBELGIUM SPLIT BY ‘MUTUAL DISTRUST’ AS NATION TURNS ON STAR
Belgium players and press have been split by “mutual distrust” with Kevin De Bruyne in the firing line following defeat to Morocco. The World Cup hopefuls scraped past Canada in their opener thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s first-half goal.
Manchester City’s De Bruyne, 31, incredibly wrote off Belgium’s chances in Qatar due to the squad “ageing”.
What followed was a shock 2-0 defeat to Morocco, leaving Roberto Martinez’s side in third place.
Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, 35, responded by taking a swipe at De Bruyne following the crucial loss.
He said: “In the end we conceded two identical goals on the set piece, twice at the near post. Balls that should never go in.
“The first time we got away well (disallowed for off-side), the second time not anymore.
“There’s so much going through my mind right now, things I shouldn’t say in the open air.
“I don’t think we created any chances. Where did it go wrong? We probably also attack badly because we are too old, that must be it now, surely?
“We have a lot of quality up front, but so does Morocco, and they came out better today. This is very frustrating.”
The Belgian media also hit out at talisman De Bruyne, with website HLN writing in their headline: “He lost the ball 27 times!”
And De Standaard went one further by saying: “Can someone shake De Bruyne awake?”
Belgium play table toppers Croatia on Thursday knowing only a win guarantees them a spot in the knockout stages.
Originally published as FIFA World Cup 2022 results, scores, schedule: Cristiano Ronaldo’s awkward celebration, shameful World Cup selfie