Richarlison goal stuns as Brazil beat Serbia in Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Portugal beat Ghana

Full-time: Two second-half goals from Richarlison have got the tournament favourites off to a flying start. That’s a wrap for the first round of group games.

Time for a stat: when Brazil made three straight finals and won two World Cups between 1994 and 2002, their opening matches were, in order, a 2-0 win over Russia, a 2-1 win over Scotland and a 2-1 win over Turkey, who ended up finishing third in 2002. It all bodes well.

A reminder of the overnight results:
Brazil 2 Serbia 0
Portugal 3 Ghana 2
Uruguay 0 South Korea 0
Switzerland 1 Cameroon 0

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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