Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the build-up to matchday 9 of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Four matches - Cameroon vs Serbia, South Korea vs Ghana, Brazil vs Switzerland and Portugal vs Uruguay - will be played today. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be in action.
QATAR 2022 highlights:
Portugal vs Uruguay
Portugal booked their place in the World Cup last 16 on Monday as a Bruno Fernandes second-half double secured a 2-0 win over Uruguay.
HIGHLIGHTS: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay HIGHLIGHTS
Brazil vs Switzerland
Brazil joined France in the World Cup knockout rounds on a dramatic day of action in Qatar on Monday as Cristiano Ronaldo seeks to lead Portugal into the last 16.
South Korea vs Ghana
Mohammed Kudus netted twice as Ghana edged out South Korea 3-2 in a dramatic and fluctuating World Cup Group H game on Monday to stay in contention for the next round. - READ FULL REPORT
Cameroon vs Serbia
Neymar, Danilo replacements: What are the options available for Tite ahead of Brazil vs Switzerland?
Brazil is set to miss its talismanic captain Neymar and right back Danilo for its Group G clash against Switzerland after the duo sustained ankle injuries during its opener against Serbia on November 24. Who could replace the duo?
Cameroon ‘keeper Onana dropped for Serbia clash for disciplinary reasons: source
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana will miss his team’s crucial World Cup clash with Serbia on Monday after being dropped hours before kick-off at Al Janoub stadium.
A football federation source told AFP that Inter Milan’s keeper Onana had been left out of the Group G fixture for unspecified disciplinary reasons and replaced by Devis Epassy, who plays for Abha in Saudi Arabia - REPORT.
Brazil favourite but beatable, says Switzerland’s Elvedi
Switzerland centre-back Nico Elvedi said on Saturday his side would not be awed by the might of Brazil, saying it had enough quality to push the tournament favourites.
“Every team in this world is beatable,” the Borussia Moenchengladbach defender said ahead of Monday’s game against the five-time champion.
“We know the challenge, but we are not going to hide away. We know our quality and what we are able to show.”
A second-half goal from Elvedi’s former Gladbach teammate Breel Embolo helped Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their opening fixture - REPORT.
Ghana readies for South Korea after Portugal loss
Ghana coach Otto Addo has been impressed with Son Heung-min ever since he coached the South Korean forward at the youth level.
The two will be reunited on Monday when Ghana meets South Korea in a World Cup Group H match at Qatar’s Education City Stadium.
- ⦿South Korea vs Ghana, FIFA World Cup live streaming info: Schedule, when and where to watch, stats, predicted 11
Atto was an working for Germany’s Hamburg when he first encountered Son, who he recommended for the club’s first team - PREVIEW.
Cameroon, Serbia clash in must-win game for both
After failing to score and losing their opening games, both Cameroon and Serbia need their strikers on target when they meet on Monday at the World Cup.
“The highest level is unforgiving,” Cameroon coach Rigobert Song said after his team’s opening 1-0 loss to Switzerland. “We no longer have any room for error and we’ll be going for broke.”
- ⦿Cameroon vs Serbia LIVE streaming info, FIFA World Cup: When, where to watch, Predicted XI, Head-to-head
Serbia has a fine finisher in Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, but he has only just shaken off a groin injury. If he starts, coach Dragan Stojkovic would ideally pair him with Aleksandar Mitrovic. Mitrovic has 50 goals for Serbia and his last-minute header against Portugal in Lisbon last year sent the Serbs to Qatar and put the Portuguese into a playoff. He started the 2-0 loss to Brazil but looked jaded, as did Vlahovic when he came on - PREVIEW.
Zlatko Dalic says Canada coach John Herdman lacks respect
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said John Herdman needs to “learn some things” after accusing the Canada boss of ignoring him following his side’s 4-1 victory in the World Cup grudge match on Sunday.
Dalic had claimed Herdman lacked respect earlier this week following the Canadian coach’s profane attempt to inspire his team after their loss to Belgium in their group opener - REPORT.
Luis Enrique wants Sergio Busquets to play another World Cup
Spain manager Luis Enrique on Sunday said he would like Sergio Busquets to play another FIFA World Cup after the midfielder played a vital role alongside Jordi Alva in keeping Germany in check - REPORT.
Hansi Flick admits Germany lacking confidence at Qatar World Cup
After a 1-1 draw against Spain, Germany coach Hansi Flick admits that his team is suffering from lack of confidence at this FIFA World Cup.
Germany remained at the bottom of Group E, with Costa Rica and Japan winning one game each, while Spain topped the group with four points in two matches - REPORT.
Group F Points Table
2018 World Cup runner-up Croatia thrashed Canada 4-1 to knock out the North American side from the FIFA World Cup 2022. In another Group F match, Morocco jeopardised Belgium’s Qatar World Cup hopes as goals from Romain Saiss and Zakaria Aboukhlal secured a surprise 2-0 triumph on Sunday - GROUP F POINTS TABLE.
Group E Points Table
Substitute Niclas Fullkrug scored in the 83rd minute Sunday to give Germany a 1-1 draw against Spain at Al Bayt Stadium in one of the most anticipated matches of this year’s World Cup. A loss would not have eliminated Germany, but it would have left the team in a much more difficult position - GROUP E POINTS TABLE.
DAY 8 RECAP
As we warm up for today’s action, here’s a quick recap of how Day 8 panned out.
Niclas Fullkrug gave Germany a point against Spain as they fight for World Cup survival - REPORT
Japan failed to take another step towards the World Cup knockout rounds as Keysher Fuller’s late goal earned Costa Rica a Group E victory - REPORT
Canada became the second team after Qatar to get knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 after its 4-1 loss against Croatia on Sunday - REPORT
Substitutes Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal earned Morocco its first World Cup victory in 24 years as it upset a hugely disappointing Belgium side 2-0 in World Cup Group F on Sunday - REPORT