2022 World Cup: Ronaldo makes historical past, Brazil entertain, Friday's finest bets


On Turkey Day, we’re grateful for the thriller between Portugal and Ghana and Richarlison with an acrobatic end for Brazil in opposition to Serbia. Switzerland beating Cameroon by one aim and South Korea drawing 0-0 with Uruguay whetted our urge for food for objectives, which we obtained extra of within the third and fourth video games later within the day.

Forward of Black Friday, we reply the burning inquiries to surrounding England vs. United States, focus on Gareth Bale‘s legacy and clarify what occurs if groups are tied within the group stage.

You should definitely verify in with ESPN all through the match as we deliver you the most recent from Qatar. Here is what you could have missed from Thursday’s World Cup happenings.

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Ronaldo breaks one other report

After a goalless first half between Portugal and Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring within the second stanza through a penalty, changing into the first male participant to attain in 5 World Cup campaigns. The 37-year-old scored his first World Cup aim in 2006, and has tallied 118 objectives up to now for his nation.

Rafael Leao and Joao Felix joined their captain within the scoring for Portugal, and simply edged Ghana in a 3-2 win. The match ended with a weird second when Inaki Williams snuck up behind goalkeeper Diogo Costa who positioned the ball down, however earlier than the ahead might take it off Costa, he slipped and missed the prospect to equalize.

After the match, Ronaldo stated, “The necessary factor was that the group gained. The [Manchester United] chapter is closed, and the main target is solely and completely on the World Cup.”

He is now and not using a membership after his latest departure from United, and can hope to ship a message this match to signal with a brand new membership within the January switch window.

Brazil open with aim of the match?

Richarlison is meant to be Brazil’s third wheel with Neymar and Vinicius Junior up entrance, however the striker supplied what’s a aim of the match contender within the 2-0 win over Serbia. The Tottenham Hotspur star’s second aim of the sport noticed him management it within the air after which volley it into the facet nook, leaving goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic with no probability.

In the meantime, Neymar was seen grimacing on the finish of the sport and in ache. Followers will hope the Paris Saint-Germain participant is match for his or her conflict in opposition to Switzerland subsequent on Nov. 28. Brazil channeled the entertaining, stunning and easy-on-the-eye soccer that their nation is thought for, and can look to hold on this type.

Right this moment’s prime reads

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USA vs. England preview: A roundtable to reply the massive questions
Of their World Cup openers, England crushed Iran, whereas the US settled for a draw vs. Wales. How will these outcomes have an effect on Friday’s matchup?

What occurs when groups are stage on factors?
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Kasey Keller says that with so many gamers missing recreation motion in latest months, health might be a difficulty for the US for the remainder of the World Cup.

Your finest bets (odds through Caesars Sportsbook)

In case you’re trying to wager on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Dan Thomas and Dalen Cuff are right here to offer you key suggestions on odds, choices and futures.

Here is what we have now for the Friday matches.

Group A

Qatar vs. Senegal (Qatar +490, Draw +260, Senegal -160)

Carr: Even with out Sadio Mané, Senegal was respectable in opposition to the Dutch within the opener. I do not see Qatar doing a lot in opposition to one other defense-first group, after 5 photographs from a median of 23 yards within the opener. I will take Senegal to win right here (-160), and in the event you’re feeling bolder, go for a win to nil (+129).

Thomas: Qatar have been so dangerous within the opener. I do not see them enhancing. Senegal to win simply 2-0.

Cuff: I am daring however not daring sufficient to win to nil, unsure Senegal muster a aim. However I do like them preserving a clear sheet (-114) in a barely extra conservative play.

Netherlands vs. Ecuador (Netherlands -129, Draw +245, Ecuador +380)

Carr: I like Netherlands to win right here. Regardless of the 2-0 win, Ecuador wasn’t that spectacular in opposition to a mediocre-at-best Qatar group after the opening half hour, with solely six complete photographs and one within the last half hour. Given strong defenses on each side (Ecuador has seven straight shutouts), the underneath 2.5 objectives can also be interesting at -130, and I might contemplate parlaying the 2 if that is potential at your e-book.

Thomas: A correct check for the Dutch. I feel this might be a 1-1 draw.

Cuff: I like Ecuador’s defensive prowess and general athleticism which will yield fruit on the counter. I do not suppose the Dutch appeared notably threatening of their opener. It has been a low-scoring match, underneath 2.5 (-130) is the plain play. If you wish to get aggressive underneath 1.5 (+225) might be a transfer.

Group B

Wales vs. Iran (Wales +105, Draw +205, Iran +305)

Carr: Iran allowed six objectives to England, however solely 2.1 anticipated objectives, so the defensive efficiency wasn’t fairly as dangerous as the ultimate rating advised. With Wales’ conservative model and Iran’s defensive mindset (4 objectives conceded in 10 final-round qualifiers), this recreation simply screams low-scoring, although the -195 value for underneath 2.5 objectives is not very interesting. I might fairly get plus-money for underneath 1.5 objectives, or wager precisely one aim (+275). I additionally lean Iran, given the higher forwards in Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun, who might be able to play greater than the cameo he had in opposition to England.

Thomas: That is difficult. I do not anticipate many objectives. So I will take the underneath.

Cuff: It is a recreation Wales has to win, I do not suppose Iran will rating on them. I feel it is 1-0, not aggressive sufficient to wager an actual rating. So I will take Wales to win (+105).

USA vs. England (England (-175), USA (+500), Draw (+285)

After watching England’s six-goal outburst in opposition to Iran, there is not any actual shock to see them as heavy favorites in opposition to an American facet that hardly held on to tie Wales of their opening match. With the chances sitting at England (-175), USA (+500), Draw (+285) is there any probability Gregg Berhalter’s expenses can maintain it stage with the Three Lions?

Carr: In fact! (The American says optimistically.) Since a draw is a good consequence for each groups, I feel this recreation will probably be tight, notably early on. The US tended to play that means within the hardest qualifiers, away within the Octagonal, averaging fewer than six photographs and half an anticipated aim per recreation within the first half. And so they did not present indicators of counterattacking effectively in opposition to Wales. If he performs, Harry Kane will not be 100%, and Gareth Southgate has additionally most popular a defensive setup in main tournaments. I lean towards underneath 2.5 objectives at -120.

Thomas: The priority I’d have is how knackered everyone appeared on the finish of the Wales recreation. I can solely see an England win and a convincing one at that.

Cuff: Love Paul’s positivity and my coronary heart says the identical, however my head says a draw can be nice. Given how the US group performed and appeared, to Dan’s level in second half, a degree can be a fantastic consequence. I will not play a facet till seeing lineup, to verify Kane begins and the US lineup and any adjustments. This will probably be a good match that the US will go into pondering they cannot lose, that could be their downfall, however I do just like the underneath as effectively -2.5.

Given how sturdy the US facet appeared within the first half in opposition to Wales, would you’re taking an opportunity at say, USA Win 1st Half/England Win 2nd Half (+1000) or another 1st Half Consequence/2nd Half Consequence prop?

Carr: That is so depending on the US setup that I would not make a play with out seeing the lineup. If Timothy Weah begins once more, search for the US to aggressively play lengthy balls excessive and threaten the shaky England protection instantly. If Brenden Aaronson is in, the US will probably look to press defensively a bit extra. And if Gio Reyna begins, which may imply the US will attempt to possess the ball. Or perhaps there is a greater tactical wrinkle coming. Regardless, this recreation might go quite a lot of alternative ways relying on every group’s method.

Thomas: No.

Cuff: I am advised I speak an excessive amount of…NO.

It is nonetheless extra probably that the US can advance from this group than not, however did you see sufficient from the matches on Monday to roll the cube on them to truly win Group B (+800)?

Carr: It would not be the worst wager, contemplating {that a} US win on Friday would imply a win over Iran would win the group, and even a draw is perhaps sufficient. However with +500 odds for the US to beat England, you are higher off simply betting them to win Friday, then roll some or all of that cash over to Tuesday’s recreation, when you understand precisely what the US must advance.

Thomas: I am unable to simply write no once more. So I’ll say I do not consider it is a wager you must go anyplace close to.

Cuff: Given the state of affairs with another group not named the US, I’d by no means wager them to win this group on this state of affairs…so once more take the emotion out of it. Any cash laid on the US to win the group now’s cash wasted. To qualify at -125 is the place you have to be.

Are there another props from this recreation that stand out to you?

Carr: Given the anticipated conservative nature of each groups, I feel +185 on no first-half objectives is price a shot. It isn’t a enjoyable wager to make, however we’ll probably see quite a lot of warning early on, and I feel this recreation will get to half-time 0-0 effectively over a 3rd of the time.

Thomas: I like Paul’s wager quite a bit. Elsewhere a yellow for Tyler Adams who very a lot performs along with his coronary heart on his sleeve at +330 appears like a superb wager.

Cuff: I truly actually like each the bets above however I will additionally add Each Groups to Rating NO -115.

Information and notes

  • In Manchester United information, the membership’s house owners are in search of a world report value to promote the membership, sources inform ESPN. Forbes values United at £3.8bn ($4.59bn) however sources have advised ESPN the Glazers household anticipate affords in extra of £6bn ($7.25bn). Though a full takeover is the probably consequence, the Glazers stated they’re additionally exterior funding and “strategic alternatives.”

  • Iran has arrested a former member of the nationwide group, Voria Ghafouri, for his criticism of the federal government. Nationwide protests sparked by the dying of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish lady arrested by the morality police in Tehran, have escalated into calls to overthrow the federal government. Ghafouri expressed sympathy for Amini’s household and known as for an finish to the violent crackdown on protests.

  • Bruno Fernandes stated he hopes criticism of Ronaldo will proceed as a result of it will get one of the best out of him. “I think he likes to work under that criticism from everyone, so I pray all of you to keep doing that.” The Portugal captain was scrutinized for his feedback in a bombshell interview earlier than the World Cup through which he stated he does not respect Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag and the path the membership is headed.

What else caught our eye

ESPN’s Mark Ogden explores one of many fan villages exterior Doha, Qatar which accommodates folks from all over the world throughout their keep.



Mark Ogden has a go searching Ras Abu Fontas fan village ten miles south of downtown Doha.

And to shut out, Switzerland’s Breel Embolo kept away from celebrating after scoring the winner in opposition to Cameroon. The Monaco ahead grew up in Basel however he was born in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.



Nedum Onuoha understands the dearth of celebration from Breel Embolo following his winner for Switzerland in opposition to Cameroon.

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